August 6, 2019

Charities Providing Support in the Wake of Violence

Author Joan Allmaras, Philanthropic Solutions Specialist

In times of tragedy, so many of us look for ways we can help those who are hurting. One way to offer support is by donating to an organization that’s delivering direct assistance.

The following are 501(c)(3) U.S. charities and community foundations providing aid and support to those affected by recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California.

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American Red Cross (EIN 53-0196605)

The Red Cross is working closely with local officials in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, to provide necessary support and comfort after the August 3-4, 2019 mass shootings in those communities. In addition, the organization is managing a family assistance center in El Paso.


The Dayton Foundation (EIN 31-6027287)

The Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund was established to provide financial assistance to families affected by the mass shooting on August 4, 2019. The foundation will distribute the funds in coordination with local officials.


El Paso Community Foundation (EIN 74-1839536)

The El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund is managing donations to assist victims of the mass shooting that occurred on August 3, 2019, and FirstLight Federal Credit Union is matching the first $25,000 received into the fund.


Gilroy Foundation (EIN 94-2719281)

An initial gift from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation established the Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund after the mass shooting on July 28, 2019. Funds will be used to provide financial relief for victims.


National Center for Victims of Crime (EIN 30-0022798)

The National Compassion Fund was established as a mechanism for the public to donate directly to victims of mass crimes. Donors may designate their contribution to particular events or for general operating support.


Paso del Norte Community Foundation (EIN 46-1997449)

The El Paso Victims Relief Fund was established to provide financial support to victims and their families affected by the mass shooting on August 3, 2019.