Distribution of funds to be discussed
Input sought for shooting donations
A third town hall meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. to solicit public input on the Broward Education Foundation’s draft plan to distribute donations from its Stoneman Douglas Victims currently at $7.1 million.
The 90-minute meeting tonight will be at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive.
A steering committee appointed to help raise and distribute donations since the Feb. 14 shooting decided to schedule the third meeting closer to Parkland after only about 150 participants attended two meetings last Tuesday Fund, at Nova Southeastern in Davie.
Some Stoneman Douglas High School parents present said other members of the Parkland school’s community were unaware that the meetings were scheduled, or found it difficult to travel 24 miles away to Davie.
The complete draft protocol for distributing the funds is at stonemandouglasvictimsfund.org. Public comments on the plan will University be accepted until April 20 and can be emailed to MSDfund@ncvc.org.
The draft protocol calls for distributing shares of the fund to the next-of-kin of the 17 people killed and to victims who suffered physical injuries and trauma. The National Compassion Fund, which will administer the distribution, is urging anyone who expects to file a claim to get on its email contact list by going to nationalcompassionfund.org and clicking “Victim and Survivor Contact Form.”
The steering committee plans to accept applications in May for eligibility to receive shares of the fund. Reviews of those applications would follow, and payments would be issued beginning July 16, according to the draft plan.
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