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Columbia establishes fund to raise money for cities in need

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In response to the Orlando shooting, the city of Columbia has established the Columbia Cares Fund to raise money for cities affected by tragedy.

Donations for the Orlando victims will be sent to the OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando, Fla., mayor Buddy Dyer to help respond to the needs of the community after 49 people were killed at Pulse night club on June 12. The funds, to be administered by the Central Florida Foundation, will support nonprofit organizations helping victims and families, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities and other related causes.

To make a donation to the Columbia Cares fund, visit

“Last October, Columbia received an outpouring of support from other cities to help us recover from the flooding. The support and donations from these cities helped us begin the road to recovery,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Now, it is our turn to give back. The Columbia Cares fund will allow Columbia to send a united donation to Orlando and help other cities that may face tragedies in the future.” 

Central Carolina Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving the Midlands, will assist the city with the administration of the fund. 

JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of the Central Carolina Foundation, said the organization has established a vetting process to identify the most effective nonprofits addressing disasters in various cities. “(We) are looking forward to helping the people of Columbia give back to other cities in need,” Turnquist said.

Donations may also be made payable to Central Carolina Community Foundation-Columbia Cares, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213, Columbia, SC 29204. There is no end date for Orlando donations as of yet.


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