Resources for Funders: Response to Orlando Shooting

Yesterday the Forum co-hosted the National Teleconference for Funders: Response to Orlando Shooting, along with the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Women’s Funding Network. This was the first in a series of three teleconferences on this topic. We will be planning two additional teleconferences on responding to the Orlando shooting (dates TBA).  On a second call we’ll hear from groups that have been working on the front lines in Orlando to respond to the shooting. On a third we’ll focus on long-term needs and responses.

Below are some additional resources from the call including a recording. Please contact Courtney Moore or Mary O’Neill with any questions.


Teleconference Recording

You can download a recording of the teleconference here


Orlando Funds

Below are the three major funds mentioned on the call that have been established to respond to the Orlando shooting:

Better Together Fund The Better Together Fund was established by the Central Florida Foundation in Orlando to help the city respond to the needs of the community – not only those we know but those we cannot anticipate – now, and in the time to come.  The fund will support:

  • Nonprofits that are supporting the survivors and families,
  • The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities,
  • Underlying causes of this tragic event, and
  • Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them.


OneOrlando Fund Established by the City of Orlando, the OneOrlando Fund will provide support to the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families.


Pulse Victims Fund Equality Florida is collecting contributions via a GoFundMe page to support every single victim of the Orlando shooting.  This includes victims’ families, survivors, and those in the club who may not have suffered physical injury but in need of support.  Equality Florida is working with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) to distribute the contributions via NCVC’s National Compassion Fund.


Additional Resources

Florida Philanthropic Network

  • You can find more information on Orlando shooting response opportunities and updates at FPN’s website.


Lessons From Roseburg: The Ford Family Foundation

How a Foundation Can Help: Unusual Circumstances Require an Unusual Philanthropic Response

The First 72 Hours: Taking Action

  • The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon has been a key leader in the response to the mass shooting that took place in Roseburg on October 1, 2015, at the Umpqua Community College.

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