Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Gun Violence Survivors Foundation?

Gun Violence Survivors Foundation is a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. GVS Foundation utilizes a crowdfunding platform to support individual needs Survivors of gun violence in America have. Crowdfunding enables anyone to make a contribution to campaigns that directly fund various need(s) a survivor(s) of gun violence have.

Is GVS Foundation involved with changing gun control legislation in America?

Simple answer, no. We at Gun Violence Survivors Foundation are dedicated to supporting survivors of gun violence by following our vision and Mission: Gun Violence Survivors Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals affected by gun violence in America.

Why gun violence?

Our Founder, Christopher R. Hayes, lost a friend and colleague to gun violence while attending Temple University. Take the time to read his story under the ABOUT tab, and click on OUR STORY. We believe there are countless survivors of gun violence whose needs are often overlooked and drowned out by heated gun control debates. We exist to focus on and honor innocent survivors of gun violence. GVS Foundation is a non-profit start-up dedicated to addressing and supporting their immediate and long-term needs.

How does Gun Violence Survivors Foundation fund its day-to-day operations?

GVS Foundation funds its day-to-day operations and overhead through private donors. This allows 100% of donations made to a Survivors Campaign to be passed on and support their needs, minus PayPal’s credit card processing fees (2.2% + $0.30 per transaction). We make every effort to cover those merchant service fees and pass on 100% of donations!

What is the Emergency Fund and how does it work?

The Emergency Fund allows GVS Foundation to be ready at a moments notice to reach out and offer immediate assistance for survivors of gun violence. Gun violence in America is ever-present and shows no prejudice; it harms innocent people from all walks of life, and it is impossible to tell who may fall victim to its heinous prowess. Every survivor’s needs are unique, and donations made to the Emergency Fund will be used to support their needs on their journey to heal.

Who qualifies as a Survivor and is eligible for start a Campaign?

To qualify as a Survivor an individual must meet the following criteria;
• An individual who has a firearm discharged at them with the intent of causing harm to them.
• An individual who was shot by a fire-arm and survived.
• The immediate family, including significant others, of an individual who has lost their life to a firearm-related crime.
• The firearm-related crime must occur within the U.S.
• The firearm-related crime must be reported and documented by the police or proper authorities.
• An individual may not involved with criminal activity or be the result of ones criminal activities. crime cannot be a result of criminal activities being carried out by an individual.

Gun Violence Survivors Foundation retains the right to review every claim and speak with proper authorities to verify facts to make a final determination.

What type of need(s) do Campaigns fund?

People are like snowflakes when it comes to the grieving process, no two people are the same. Survivors often have mounting medical bills, mental health care support, assistance with funeral expenses and household support. And that’s just the start. GVS Foundation is still a young start-up and we are looking to strategically partner with organizations and corporations who are able to provide services to be effective in supporting the various needs of survivors.

Who decides which survivors receive support by GVS Foundation?

As a new, start-up nonprofit, we are reaching out to survivors of gun violence to offer support to those who meet our criteria. We welcome individuals who believe they meet the criteria as a Survivor and need support, to not hesitate, and reach out. We are happy to take the time to talk and determine what assistance GVS Foundation might be able to provide! If you have a question, need assistance, want to share a story or just want to talk, contact us today at info@gvsfoundation.org!

How does an organization partner with GVS Foundation?

If you know an organization that is interested in partnering with Gun Violence Survivors Foundation, please feel free to email us at info@gvsfoundation.org. We are always looking for strategic partnerships that align with our core values.

Really? 100% of donation supports my chosen Survivor’s Campaign?

Yes, really, 100% of your donation supports the cause portrayed in the campaign you chose. Gun Violence Survivors Foundation will make every attempt to even cover credit card processing fees (2.2% + $0.30 per transaction). Donations made to campaigns are not commingled with and used to run GVS Foundations programs, operating expenses or for fundraising activates.

Can I see your financials?

Yes, of course! All of our financials are publicly available after they are prepared. If you have any questions or want to request a copy, please email info@gvsfoundation.org and we’ll be happy to help.

What security measures do you take to protect my credit card?

We take donor security seriously. GVS Foundation uses PayPal for all credit card processing. The PayPal site is highly secure and use industry-leading technology (such as SSL) to keep your information safe.

PayPal automatically encrypts your confidential information in transit from your computer to ours using the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) with an encryption key length of 128-bits (the highest level commercially available). Before you even register or log in to the PayPal site, our server checks that you’re using an approved browser – one that uses SSL 3.0 or higher.

Once your information reaches the PayPal site, it resides on a server that is heavily guarded both physically and electronically. PayPal servers sit behind an electronic firewall and are not directly connected to the Internet, so your private information is available only to authorized computers.

What Makes the PayPal Site So Secure?

• Technology
Our state-of-the-art fraud models and proprietary fraud engine work together to help stop fraudulent transactions before they happen. In addition, PayPal stays at the forefront of security, developing many anti-fraud technologies every year.
• Experience
With PayPal, you’ve got the industry’s most experienced fraud team on your side. PayPal processes billions of dollars in payments each year, allowing us to continually perfect our anti-fraud protections. As a result, PayPal’s loss rate is significantly lower than the industry average. We also work with federal law enforcement to catch criminals.
• Privacy
PayPal is committed to protecting the privacy of our users. When you send or request money using PayPal, recipients never see your bank account numbers or credit card numbers. They only see your email address, date of sign-up, and whether or not you have completed PayPal’s Verification process.

Why was my credit card declined?

To further protect your security, Gun Violence Survivors Foundation does not receive your credit card information, including why it was declined. Unfortunately, credit card companies and banks decline cards for various reasons, and if this occurs, please contact your credit card company or bank for help completing your donation.

Do I have to use PayPal to make a donation?

No, you can use any major credit card, your PayPal account OR mail a check. Make checks payable to ‘Gun Violence Survivors Foundation’, place the campaign you wish to make a contribution to in the memo line (leave blank if you wish to make a donation to support our Foundation) and mail to:
45 E City Ave STE #286
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, all donations are fully tax-deductible in the U.S. Be sure to use a valid e-mail address when making your donation, and you will receive an official tax-deductible receipt at the e-mail you provided.

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