The Boulder County Crisis Fund will give $50,000 to each of the families who lost a loved one in the mass shooting at King Soopers in South Boulder.
“We experienced a collective trauma,” said Tatiana Hernandez, CEO of Community Foundation Boulder County. “Obviously members of our community suffered a very acute trauma. The definition of the word philanthropy in Greek is love — the love of people. We see the funds that were raised, and the love that people demonstrated through their donations as being an act of caring. This is how we heal.”
Community Foundation Boulder County on Tuesday announced it will grant $500,000 to support the families of the 10 people killed in the March shooting. The funds will be given to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance then will be divided evenly to each of the 10 victims’ families, according to a news release from Community Foundation Boulder County.
Community Foundation Boulder County established the Boulder County Crisis Fund after the shooting to support the victims, their families and the community, the news release states.
A gunman killed 10 people March 22 at a King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive.
Eric Talley, 51; Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Teri Leiker, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65, were killed in the shooting.
Hernandez said this is the first time Boulder County Crisis Fund has donated to Colorado Organization for Victim’s Assistance. So far, about $1.6 million has been donated to the Boulder County Crisis Fund.
“This grant is approximately a third of the money we’ve raised to date,” she said. “The advisory committee is helping us shape the use of funds for the rest of the money. We also meet with funders and people that are with county and state agencies to understand where the needs are and how additional funding could be used.”
The Community Foundation Boulder County created an advisory committee, made up of 11 public leaders, to provide guidance on the use of funds and to provide grant recommendations to its board, the release states.
Hernandez said Boulder County Crisis Fund is looking at ways to use the remaining money raised through funding mental health support, the Boulder Strong Resource Center or other local efforts.
“We are looking at different ways organizations might want to organize around what community healing looks like this summer,” she said. “There are a variety of things.”
An additional $1 million was recently donated by King Soopers to the Colorado Healing Fund to support the victims, families, survivors and the community affected by the shooting, King Soopers spokesperson Jessica Trowbridge said recently.
Hernandez said Community Foundation Boulder County partners with the Colorado Healing Fund to discuss ways each organization can better support community needs.
“We are two of many funders at a table who are looking to understand how philanthropic dollars fill in gaps,” she said. “The Community Foundation Boulder County has been the community’s trusted philanthropic partner for 30 years. We earn that trust every day by doing our work with transparency and integrity.”
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