National Compassion Fund Announces Steering Committee for The Jacksonville Landing Mass Shooting

October 11, 2018  
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JACKSONVILLE, FL (October 11, 2018) - The National Compassion Fund announces steering committee for The Jacksonville Landing Mass Shooting that will be distribute the funds from the Jacksonville Tribute Fund. Victims and survivors with questions can call 1-855-4VICTIM or email


Please see below for the annoucement from The National Compassion Fund: 


100% of funds raised benefit victims’ families, survivors and those impacted
Town Hall Meeting to be held October 18th

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | October 4, 2018 – The National Compassion Fund, the 501(c)3 distributes charitable contributions in the aftermath of mass-casualty crimes, today announced the members of the community steering committee, to be led by former City Council Chair Eric Smith, that will be responsible for setting the distribution policy for funds collected through the Jacksonville Tribute Fund, benefitting those impacted by the August 26th shooting at the Madden video game tournament at Chicago Pizza in Jacksonville Landing.

The National Compassion Fund announced the list of community, business and civic leaders who will volunteer their time on the steering committee. The committee includes:

- Barabara Alexander, Executive Director, Exchange Club Family Center
- Deborah Davis, Senior Counsel, Electronic Arts Inc.
- Zach Farley, Global Player Engagement Lead Electronic Arts Inc.
- Jay Howell, Attorney and Victim Advocate
- Linda Levin, CEO, ElderSource
- Lt. Sharon Scott, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
- Eric Smith, Former President, Jacksonville City Council
- Sheila Spivey, Sr. Director UNF Women’s Center

“The steering committee in collaboration with the National Compassion Fund, is publishing a series of protocols and timelines for distributing the funds. We will take public comment during a town hall meeting on October 18th at the Prime Osborn Convention Center,” said Smith. “We take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to doing what is right for all involved.” The Draft Protocols may be downloaded at

Victims and survivors with questions can call 1-855-4VICTIM, or send an email to

The National Compassion Fund has assisted victims of many recent tragedies, including Orlando, Las Vegas, and Parkland.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time a steering committee has had to be established to distribute funds in the wake of a horrific tragedy, but this committee is important so that we can ensure that 100% of the funds go to the victims in a fair manner” said Jeff Dion, Executive Director of the National Compassion Fund. “We are very fortunate to have Eric Smith as the chair and to have dedicated steering committee members who are volunteering their time, resources and expertise. Our goal is to help the victims and families as much as possible and as quickly, efficiently and fairly as possible.”

The Jacksonville Tribute Fund was started with a $1 million gift from Electronic Arts, Inc., the manufacturer of the Madden video game. Donations will be accepted through November 30 with distributions taking place in late December. Donations can be made at Corporate or personal check donations designated in the memo line for the “Jacksonville Tribute Fund” also can be sent directly to National CompassionFund, 1450 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Location: Jacksonville Convention Center, 1000 Water Street Jacksonville, FL 32202
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm—8:30 pm


About National Compassion Fund
The National Compassion Fund is a subsidiary of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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Contact: Jeff Dion, National Compassion Fund, 703-371-6787