The Cleveland Courage Fund was established by Cleveland City Council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone, and Dona Brady after the discovery of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade. The fund, named for the fortitude shown by these women, will directly benefit Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Amanda’s daughter.
All money raised―100 percent―will benefit the survivors. No administrative or compensatory fees will be assessed by any of the individuals or organizations currently involved with the fund’s administration.
As of June 30, 2013, donations may no longer be sent to the Cleveland Foundation; going forward, KeyBank will be the sole collector of all donations, which will not be tax-deductible. The money raised will be equally disbursed into four individual trust accounts benefiting the survivors.
The immediate outpouring of support for the Cleveland Courage Fund prompted additional action for the fund’s organization and administration. On May 16, 2013, it was announced that Christopher Kelly, partner in charge of Jones Day, and Tom Stevens, vice chair and chief administrative officer of KeyBank, would act as co-advisors to the fund. Jones Day is one of the law firms representing the survivors on a pro bono basis, while KeyBank is accepting the non-tax-deductible donations.
Donations, both monetary and in the form of goods and services, have continued to pour in, and the survivors have expressed their deepest appreciation for the support they are receiving. At this time, however, they have asked the community to remain observant of their request for privacy.
For general information about the Cleveland Courage Fund, please complete this form. Each inquiry will receive a reply; however, because of the high volume of requests, we ask that you allow a minimum of 48 business hours for a response.