by Andy Moore on December 16, 2012

It is important, though, to not forget that a town in Connecticut suffered through one of the worst mass shootings in our country's history, and that many families are now going to have to deal with an unspeakably awful holiday season. These shootings happen way too much in the United States, but they don't happen enough that we should soon forget about Sandy Hook.

So, with that in mind, here are five funds we've been made aware of which promise to donate funds raised to the victims of Sandy Hook:

1. The United Way of Western Connecticut

A fund has been set up by the United Way that currently checks, credit card payments, and in-person donations at Newtown Savings Banks. All donations will “provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.”

United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. While the eyes of the world may be on Newtown/Sandy Hook, to several staff, volunteers and contributors, Newtown is home. We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead.

United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to providing support and resources where and when they become identified and needed. As people from our area and beyond respond to this heartbreaking tragedy, they are turning to United Way looking for ways to help. In response, United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank has created the 'Sandy Hook School Support Fund' that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.


2. Sandy Hook Elementary School Fund

A few BroBible readers are attempting to raise $50,000 on Crowdtilt that will send all possible proceeds to a memorial fund, and to families to pay for funeral costs. They're around 90% away from reaching their goal, so go help them out.

 On the morning of December 14, 2012, there was a devastating school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 confirmed deaths including 20 children under 10 years old and 7 adults. This fund will send 97.5% of the proceeds raised directly to those who will need the money after this horrific event. The other 2.5% will go to Crowdtilt for hosting this fundraiser. We plan to allocate all the money collected toward a memorial fund to honor the victims and to the families to help pay for the funeral costs for their loved ones. This was the easiest and fastest way that I could think of for us all to come together and make difference. Even if you cannot make a direct donation, pass the word along and share this with your friends.

Please do not just read this and then continue on with your daily lives. Take the two seconds and pass this on so that we can all help those reeling from this tragedy when they need it most. This campaign has a max limit of 30 days and will expire on January 13, 2013, but I hope we can reach this goal in less than half that time. In less than 24 hours, we have already raised nearly 8% of our total goal!


3. Emilie Parker Fund

Started by friends of the family of six-year-old victim Emilie Parker, the Emilie Parker Fund will help the family of the victim with any expenses they may have. This isn't just an opportunistic Facebook page that's been set up—several media organizations have confirmed its validity.

On Friday, Dec 14th Emilie Parker was killed in the shooting in Connecticut. We are seeking to assist them by setting up the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund at America First Credit Union in Utah.

Instructions on the Emilie Parker Memorial Account at America First Credit Union (account #5001359). For AFCU members making a transfer, select the Savings as the type of account, and the last name on the account is Parker. For non AFCU members, the AFCU routing number is 324377516. This account has been shared by several Utah media outlets and can be trusted. Thank you.

A PAYPAL account is also available if you use the email


4. Newtown Memorial Fund

A fund dedicated to providing financial relief for funeral expenses and to design an appropriate memorial to those lost, the Newtown Memorial fund is currently accepting donations here.

The Newtown Memorial Fund mission is three-fold:

    Short term: To provide financial relief for funeral expenses of those who perished in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre of December 14, 2012.
    Mid term: To assist the town with the design, placement and funding to donate a suitable lasting memorial for our Community for those we lost.
    Ongoing: To provide an annual scholarship fund to students of the Newtown Public Schools who will be going on to college. A full criteria will be developed and voted on by the board. Administration of this task will be the ongoing legacy of the memorial fund, hopefully for generations to come.

Our vision is to be the central repository for the many local and even global causes who are all reaching out looking for ways to help. We know that no amount of funds will bring back our beloved friends and family, but our hope is that through centralization of others’ gifts and fundraising work, coupled with our own organic development and fundraising, that we will achieve much more through a single synergistic approach to the immediate support and long-standing preservation of the memories of those we lost, while improving our Community for an infinite period of time. We will provide the fullest transparency and integrity to everything we do, and will recruit and retain a stellar, cross-functional group of inspirational leaders to achieve the most profound impact that we know how to make. If you are interested in donating (money or time), please use our contact us page for now.


5. Save the Children

Finally, while Save the Children isn't an organization primarily dedicated to the victims of Newtown, they are currently devoting resources that provide help to Newtown kids, and they're always a worthy charity to give to anyway. Find out ways to donate here.