The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is setting up two special community-wide funds in response to the Navy Yard shooting

From a press release:

The Navy Yard Relief Fund will support the victims’ families and those injured in the attack.

This fund will provide direct support where it is most urgently needed in the short-term to assist our neighbors as they heal. 100% of contributions to the fund will support the victims’ families and those injured.

The Safer Communities Fund will address the long-term, systemic challenge of violence in our region. As a community foundation – and as residents of the region – we believe it is our duty to do all we can to help make our community a more healthy, safe, and stable place to live. Thus, the Safer Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence in our community.

Visit to access these funds.


About The Community Foundation

The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. The Foundation, and our two regional affiliate foundations – The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County – are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations and other organizations. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million.”

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  • I think these are great ideas, but I feel like the “Safer Communities” is misaligned with the Navy Yard tragedy. The guy wasn’t even from here, he was (allegedly) hearing voices and it was the Navy that failed to do proper background checks. Having a “safer” DC wouldn’t have prevented this. I don’t think it’s fair to raise the banner for your fund when gobs of money couldn’t have prevented this.

    Is this so people can feel like they did something?

    • I had the same thought. I live in the neighborhood and would consider investing in making it safer, but that has nothing to do with what happened. It reminds me of when there was the stabbing at the Marine Barracks last year. I was walking down 8th Street when a news reporter shoved a camera in my face and started grilling me about the gentrification of the neighborhood. It was a diversionary tactic considering a Marine could have gotten drunk and stabbed another Marine regardless of whether the surrounding area is filled with drug dealers or yoga studios.
      I’ll definitely contribute to the The Navy Yard Relief Fund, though. I knew one of the victims and it’s chilling seeing stories from survivors that I work with.

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