UPDATE 7/24/18: National Compassion Fund releases Final Protocal for fund distribution. Read the Press Release here.
UPDATE 6/26/18: Santa Fe Strong Fund releases draft protocols for fund distribution, announces town hall meeting, and seeks public comment on plan to distribute donations to victims and families. Read the Press Release here.
Friends and Family of Santa Fe High School,
We are getting many questions about making donations to the shooting victims and their families. We are so grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support.
Please know, first and foremost, that we are working hand-in-hand with the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation to provide this information. All donations go directly into an account owned and managed by the Education Foundation, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
You can donate in one of four ways:
- In-Person - at any Texas First Bank banking center
- Mail – Checks should be payable to Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation, and mailed to Texas First Bank, Santa Fe Strong Fund, P.O. Box 608, Santa Fe, TX 77510
- Wire – Please contact any banking center for wire instructions
- Online - Donate Now
Why am I sending to Texas First Bank and not the Education Foundation?
As you can imagine, the Education Foundation has quite a bit on their plate right now. Texas First Bank is simply facilitating the depositing of donations for them, so they can focus on other things.
What does the Education Foundation have to do with the ISD?
An education foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the supporting the students and staff of the school district. The SFTXEF has a board of 27 members of the community that work year-round to achieve the foundation’s mission. What that means to you is that they already have the infrastructure in place to manage fund dispersal.
What will the money be used for?
Update 6/6/18: Please read the press release from the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation and National Compassion Fund.
The exact needs are still being determined by the Foundation. The Santa Fe Strong Fund will aid those impacted with funeral costs, medical bills, and to assist Santa Fe ISD in future needs that may arise from this crisis.
I’m seeing a number of GoFundMe’s set up. Is that money going to this account?
Honestly, we’re not sure. We can confirm that this GoFundMe from Gallery Furniture, since they’ve been in direct contact with us. We know there are a number more, but unfortunately due to the nature of GoFundMe, we can’t confirm.