Friday, April 20, 2007

Donations sought in wake of Virginia tragedy

Express Staff Writer

As the rest of the nation grieves along with Virginia after the senseless loss of life on the campus of Virginia Tech, avenues have already been created to offer support.

The Idaho Community Foundation reports that three funds have been established at community nonprofit organizations in Virginia to aid with the philanthropic response.

The Community Foundation for the New River Valley, located in Blacksburg, Va., has set up the 4-16-07 Fund in order to help with the long-term impact on the community. While this foundation is in the process of convening nonprofits in the area, you can give directly by going to

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley has created the non-endowed School Violence Assistance Fund. This fund aims to provide support and assistance to victims of school violence and their families, with first preference given to those affected by the events on April 16.

Funds will be used for, but not limited to, funeral expenses, transportation costs and counseling.

More information is available at

Also, corporate CB Richard Ellis has initiated the VT Remembrance Fund for Student Safety at the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

This fund will help local charitable organizations in the Virginia Tech community respond to the needs of those who were affected by the tragedy.

In addition, it will support efforts to make Virginia's campuses safer in the long-term by means of security enhancements, planning, education and training, and counseling.

Anyone who wishes to make a contribution to this fund can do so by going to

The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit that distributes returns from its endowment to charitable organizations as grants aimed at enriching life's quality throughout Idaho.

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