November 29, 2012
Dispute Over Oklahoma City Bombing Funds
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is an organization that charged with overseeing the distributions of the donations that were made in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing. The fund was established to provide benefits, both medical and educational, to survivors of the bombings. Now, a dispute has arisen over whether the $10 Million in the remaining funds should be distributed.
Many survivors believe that the organization has done a marvelous job in managing the funds; therefore, the remaining funds should remain with the foundation. Of these survivors, many have noted that they received the funds that they needed when they qualified to receive some of the funds. The foundation agrees that this is probably the best course of action. On the other hand, there are some survivors that are upset with how the foundation has managed the funds. They claim that the foundation has not made distributions when they have needed and qualified for the funds. Others are angry because a portion of the funds might not even go the survivors at all, but to training future disaster responders and to the national memorial. They believe that the best course of action is to distribute the remaining funds to the survivors. Unfortunately, even if the foundation agreed with the dissenters that the money should be distributed, there are numerous problems with this scenario. The main problem is determining just how much each survivor should receive from the funds.
In response to this dissent, the officers from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation stated that they will have the fund audited in effort to relieve "any concerns about the way the fund was administered." Other officers from the fund have argued that there are misconceptions and inaccuracies when it comes to how the funds have been distributed. Steven Mason, one of the funds trustee's, stated that he personally thinks that the foundation has made "'100 percent of the eligible expenses for people under that were put in place in 1995.'"
See Randy Ellis, Oklahoma City Bombing Fund Official Say Criticism Unjust, NewsOK, Nov. 12, 2012.
Special thanks to Trey Mims (Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2012) for bringing this article to my attention.
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Posted by: Ziva Branstetter | Nov 29, 2012 1:13:49 PM