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Stoneman Douglas Tragedy: Long-Term Recovery and Prevention


After an unspeakable tragedy like the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many people want to do something to help. Donating money immediately after a crisis is an option, but communities often find themselves short of resources needed for the longer-term prevention and recovery effort.  

Once the television cameras leave and the nation turns its attention elsewhere we will be on our own, left to pick up the pieces and heal the wounds left by this tragedy. That’s when resources will be needed most.

The Community Foundation of Broward believes in a strategic approach that examines and addresses root causes of tragedies like this. This approach also enables us to determine what resources already exist in our community, and identify resource gaps where only philanthropy can fill the void.

We are currently focused on two important questions:

1.       How can we help our community heal in the weeks, months, and years to come?
2.       How can we keep our children safe and prevent a tragedy like this in Broward?

Local, state and federal dollars are available to help with immediate recovery efforts in the Parkland area. Additionally, the nonprofit community and faith-based organizations have mobilized to support victims, families, teachers, first responders and others.  

If you are a Community Foundation Fundholder who wants to direct grants from your charitable Fund to support long-term prevention and recovery efforts in Broward please contact your Charitable Funds Manager at 954-761-9503 to discuss opportunities.

If you would like to establish a new Fund to support long-term recovery efforts, please contact Nancy Thies, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, at 954-761-9503 or

If you decide to contribute to another organization – please be careful. Scam artists are out in full force and they often look like legitimate nonprofit organizations. Before you give, please take a few moments to check the organization out on Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or Guidestar.

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