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Cleveland Courage Funds will help non-profits serving victims
KeyBank and the Cleveland Foundation are collecting funds to help the three women and their families by funneling contributions to recovery non-profits
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
The Cleveland Courage Fund is the brainchild of Cleveland council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone, and Dona Brady.  Cummins represents the district where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were found on Monday.

Donations can be made at any KeyBank branch in the U.S., or through the Cleveland Foundation. The contributions will support the recovery efforts of the three women by aiding the local non-profit organizations that assist in the victims' healing.   


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The Cleveland Foundation has provided the following bullet points for those wishing to donate to the Cleveland Courage Fund.

  • 100 percent of donations made to this fund will go to nonprofit organizations to benefit the survivors and their families. 
  • Under IRS rules, when funds are donated directly to individuals, the recipients must pay taxes on that money. The survivors and their families do not need to pay taxes on services received from nonprofits. 
  • The Cleveland Foundation will not assess fees on this fund, so all money raised will go to help survivors and their families. Donors can give online at www.clevelandfoundation.org\courage. The Cleveland Foundation will issue a tax receipt for all donations received. 
  • The Cleveland Courage Fund at Key Bank is a separate fund, not affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation. This fund, too, will benefit survivors and their families through nonprofit organizations. People can personally drop off donations at any Key branch in Northeast Ohio or nationwide. 
  • For both accounts, the council members are working with other community leaders to identify nonprofit organizations that can provide the flexibility to maximize the benefits to survivors and their families.
  • The Cleveland Courage Fund of the Cleveland Foundation was established by Cleveland council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone, and Dona Brady to benefit kidnapping survivors Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry and her daughter. 
Listener Comments:

Why not show real caring and help others? I will be on FMLA disability soon to undergo breast reconstructive surgery. I can verify my condition through the southeast Nebraska cancer center. I will be receiving only 40% of my income and am stressing due to this. You could turn this fund into a helpful charity org.


Posted by: teresa (lincoln,ne) on July 9, 2013 11:07AM
Disgusting. Give them gift cards but will NOT Be donating to the total SCAM Cleveland Courage Fund.


Posted by: Anne (Mentor) on May 16, 2013 7:05AM
Brenda (New York City), Craig (“Cleaveland”), anita (atlanta, ga), Cathy (Sacramento, CA), Tim Pea (Boys Town), and Jenny (Nashville, TN), Do you have any idea how destructive your false and misleading comments might be to the well being of the survivors? Please take your twisted conspiracy theories elsewhere.

THE LADIES HAVE SPOKEN! Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight thank community, ask for privacy .....

“..... asked that those interested in donating money do so through “legitimate entities,” such as the Cleveland Courage Fund. Donations can be made at the Cleveland Foundation website (www.ClevelandFoundation.org/Courage); any KeyBank branch; or the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115.”
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/spokesperson_for_amanda_berry.html#incart_river


Posted by: Mark (Cleveland) on May 14, 2013 11:05AM
Well, I am not alone in not being able to make a donation to Amanda, Gina, Michelle, and Jocelyn. The Cleveland Courage Fund is a sham. It is nothing more than a charade in order to defer the cost of what will be the millions of dollars of services these young ladies will cost Cleveland, and due to the total incompetence of their police force. The Cleveland Courage Fund is going to take my donation and give it to non-profits to administer services that they would otherwise be required to provide. Shame on you! Shame on you for interfering with the efforts of the public to help these young ladies. Shame on you for the sham you impose on the public and your selfish goal - trying to abscond the monies these young ladies and their families so desperately need. The public needs a way to donate to these young ladies and Cleveland should be giving them and their families all the help they need and not rely on the public’s donations to do it for them. I hope their attorney helps the public so we can help Amanda, Gina, Michelle, and Jocelyn. My heartfelt best wishes for their recovery.


Posted by: Brenda (New York City) on May 13, 2013 10:05AM
"100 percent of this fund will go to nonprofit organizations..."
and each nonprofit organization will then proceed to strip away administrative fees and other costs leaving the young ladies with a small fraction. There are way too many unanswered questions about this fund. Which specific nonprofit organizations will be getting the money? What sort of plan is in place to distribute funds and services to the ladies? What transparent accountability measures are available so those who donate can see where the money is going? Will counselors or consultants be assigned to help them navigate their recovery? This fund screams "red tape" to me. I will be sending each of them a gift card instead.


Posted by: John (Kansas) on May 12, 2013 9:05AM
This fund is a scam. The money will go to community workers and shrinks who will charge $250/hr for standing outside their houses.

If a few thousand people chip in $100 each, that's enough for these girls to get started on a new life. The annual exclusion for gifts is $14000 a year per person and $28000 that for a couple. They won't have to pay taxes on gift income.


Posted by: Craig (Cleaveland) on May 12, 2013 3:05AM
I am very glad that the public is seeing through this "Cleveland Courage Fund", shame on them for underestimating the intelligence of the public and stalling/blocking some of the well deserved supportive interest that could have resulted in financial support for the victims that they are now victimizing for their own personal interest. Nice try board/counsel members, guess your friends and family will have to con-down as this attempt should shame and embarass you.


Posted by: anita (atlanta, ga) on May 12, 2013 2:05AM
I want the money that I donate to be held in Trust for each of the ladies/little girl.


Posted by: L.S. Alvarez (Santa Fe, N<) on May 10, 2013 12:05PM
I agree with many of these comments. I'm suspicious of donating to an organization or bank who will then give the money to local non-profits who may or may not help these young, horribly traumatized women. I want my money to go DIRECTLY to these young women and the little girl of Amanda Berry. They may never be able to lead normal, mentally healthy lives but still need money to get along in life. I want them , the young women and little girl -- not some pass through bank, nonprofit or city council member - to touch this money.
How do I donate to the four females directly?


Posted by: Cathy (Sacramento, CA) on May 10, 2013 8:05AM
In response to Tim Pea: The Cleveland Foundation is in charge of distributing the donations, not Councilman Cummins. The money will go to non-profits that serve the kidnapped women and other abuse victims.


Posted by: jeff st.clair (WKSU) on May 9, 2013 11:05AM
This is a crock! This councilman has taken it upon himself to steer money to his charity!!


Posted by: Tim Pea (Boys Town) on May 9, 2013 10:05AM
These young women have reached the age of majority. They do not need a custodian nor guardian. I would prefer all funds go directly to the Women possibly through a Trustee. No politicians involved. No other family members involved or entitled. No funds going to other agencies. A competent Trustee should be able to offer a plan and advice. These women should not be left destitute and without resources. Such a plan should include transparency and accountability as to the distribution of the funds. Also because they have been sequestered for so long they will need training on managing their financial affairs. The Trustee should oversee and provide for this.


Posted by: John (Parma Heights) on May 9, 2013 10:05AM
Will he be charged with murder in the killing of the unborn children? Will the victims or their families be allowed to confront him and receive financial compensation from him? What a big man he is torturing little girls....this can never happen again. How can we help the women directly? Can't sleep in NY until justice is served.


Posted by: Sarah (Sea cliff ny) on May 9, 2013 7:05AM
This Fund is wonderful if you want to give it this way. This fund is not giving 100% to those three girls , NOT .


Posted by: Debbie (Cleveland) on May 9, 2013 5:05AM
What portion of donations will find their way to the victims, to help them directly? Saying donations will be distributed to various non-profits that CAN help them is not the same as saying all proceeds will go to direct care associated with helping these ladies heal. And, how much does the Cleveland Foundation keep? I want to donate but want to make sure the money that gets to them is as close to 100% as possible.


Posted by: Jenny (Nashville, TN) on May 9, 2013 4:05AM
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