November 25, 2019

Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, LLC Distributes $3.8 million to Victims in Mass Shooting

The Community Oversight Committee of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund, LLC announced today that 47 applicants were approved and certified to receive a gift from the fund’s assets as outlined in the Final Protocol. A total of 5,061 individual gifts were received into the fund since it was established less than 12 hours after the mass shooting on Sunday, August 4, 2019. As of November 13, 2019, the fund totaled $3,822,463.01.

“The disbursements are charitable gifts from thousands of caring individuals, organizations and families, and 100 percent of the funds donated are being distributed to the victims and families,” said Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, co-chair of the Oversight Committee and administrator of the fund. “While these gifts can’t replace the life of a loved one or heal the wounds of the injured, they do express the love and support of the Greater Dayton community, our nation and the world.”

Flagel Huber Flagel completed an independent review of the fund’s contributions and distributions. A total of 58 applications were submitted, 11 of which were denied because they did not meet the requirements of the Final Protocol. In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), personal information regarding the applicants and recipients will not be shared publically.

Said Charles C. Craft, CPA, partner of Flagel Huber Flagel and ex officio member of the Oversight Committee, “I personally have reviewed the applications and disbursements and can attest that the appropriate processes were followed in accordance with the Final Protocol approved by the Committee.”

The number of approved applicants and gift amounts per category are as follows.

  • Category A (deceased): 8 certified applications, receiving $334,465.51 each
  • Category B (physically injured/requiring hospitalization for 48 hours or greater)
    o Hospitalized for 217+ hours (10 or more days): 2, receiving $229,347.78 each
    o Hospitalized for 121-216 hours (6-9 days): 2, receiving $114,673.89 each
    o Hospitalized for 48-120 hours (2-5 days): 3, receiving $24,483.09 each
  • Category C (physically injured/treated and released from a hospital or by a private physician or licensed clinician with 48 hours of the tragedy)
    o Certified gunshot wound: 12, receiving $19,112.31 each
    o Other physical injury: 20, receiving $7,644.93 each

Download the completed independent review of the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund’s contributions and distributions.

The Community Oversight Committee, composed of 15 volunteers representing diverse leadership, assembled over a three-month period to establish the Protocol for determining who would be eligible to receive a gift from the Tragedy Fund and the amounts of the gifts to be given to individuals who meet the Protocol criteria.

Said Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D., co-chair of the Community Oversight Committee, “I wish to thank the members of the Oversight Committee for their compassionate due diligence in doing what was in the absolute best interest of the victims and their families, as well as for ensuring that the intent of the donors to the fund was upheld. Our continued prayers to the entire Dayton community as we find peace in the months ahead.”

All services, including those provided by The Dayton Foundation, members of the Committee, legal counsel and auditing, as well as consultation from national victim compensation experts Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, were provided pro bono, and all fees were waived to ensure that 100 percent of the gifts to the fund could be distributed according to the Final Protocol.


About The Dayton Foundation

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since its establishment in 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing more than 3,700 charitable funds that have provided more than $920 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. Ranked among the top 5 percent of all community foundations in the nation for total assets, The Dayton Foundation is second among them in the number of charitable funds and third in the number of grants awarded. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at www.daytonfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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File date: 11.25.19

Mike Parks

“While the fund will not heal the pain nor cover the costs or hardships of the individuals impacted, it is a small way that charitably-minded people can help.” – Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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