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Community Foundation officials: We're committed to helping bombing victims, families

BY NANCY ANTHONY AND STEVEN C. DAVIS Published: November 16, 2012

The charitable funds that have been administered since 1995 were contributed by donors to meet the needs of the bombing survivors and families. The foundation is bound by legal and tax requirements for the distribution of charitable funds to individuals, and we have complied with those requirements. These funds weren't established to provide monetary compensation to bombing victims. They are not the result of a legal settlement, as were certain funds related to the 9/11 tragedy. The funds are required to be used to meet specific bombing-related needs and the needs of those affected — especially those who were critically injured.

The Murrah Disaster Relief Fund is fortunate to have the financial resources to continue providing this support. Our allocation of long-term funds reflects a commitment to meet those ongoing needs.

Since 1995, the overriding goal of all involved has been to assist families and individuals as they recover. Our trustees and staff are passionately committed to assisting survivors and their families, fulfilling donors' trust and providing certainty that the fund is properly administered. We look forward to working with a duly appointed independent auditor to assure any legitimate concerns or complaints are addressed, and to be certain that any future publicly aired complaints are factually accurate.

Anthony is president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Davis is chairman of the foundation's board of trustees.