Recovery for July 7 Shootings
Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and our entire community as we mourn the tragic shooting in downtown Dallas on the evening of July 7. Donate today to help those in need.
"I believe I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.”
– President Barack Obama
“We are heartbroken. There are not words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city.”
– Dallas Police Chief David Brown
SUMMARY: In the deadliest attack on law enforcement officers in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, a sniper killed five officers and wounded seven officers and two civilians July 7, 2016 in Dallas at a peaceful rally against recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
- Community recovery support : Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and our entire community as we mourn this tragedy. If you would like to be a part of supporting community-wide recovery efforts, please donate to Communities Foundation of Texas’ Recovery Fund for Dallas.
- Victim family support: If you are interested in supporting affected officers and their families directly, Assist The Officer Foundation provides financial assistance both to officers who experience serious injury or other catastrophic events as well as immediate assistance to a slain officer’s family. Checks may be mailed to: Assist the Officer, 1412 Griffin Street East, Dallas, TX 75215.
Donations also may be made by credit card to Assist the Officer Foundation.
- Operation Blue Shield: Operation Blue Shield (OBS) works with businesses, church leaders, government officials, first-responders and our law enforcement community to work together collaboratively to acknowledge and resolve the issues that keep communities in conflict, creating an environment of cooperation and a shared vision of safe, thriving communities. Donate to Operation Blue Shield.
About CFT's Relief and Recovery Approach
An effective response, regardless of where a crisis occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors. The bulk of dollars in response to tragedy and disaster are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care). Emergency relief is vital. Still, experts agree that relief and recovery dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of crisis-affected communities. CFT believes in supporting the complete timeline of management efforts: from immediate relief to recovery.
In evaluating potential funding partners, CFT follows four key considerations:
- Experience – relevant, pre-existing presence in the affected location and an understanding of the community context prior to the disaster.
- Comprehensive Plan – ability to effectively meet the needs based on the current relief situation and with the capacity to develop and then implement a robust recovery plan.
- Sustained Impact – potential to reduce poverty and improve the lives of affected people – moving them beyond where they were pre-disaster.
- Effectively Partner – strong understanding of the landscape of actors working in the recovery effort and the ability to work closely with the range of national, international and community based organizations involved in the crisis response.
CFT's approach to long-term recovery efforts