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Manchester Relief Fund

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In May, a senseless terrorist attack took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The horrifying event took the lives of 22 innocent people and injured over 100 others. Most of the victims were children, teenagers, and parents. One was an 8-year-old child. 
 
People the world over have been moved to stand in solidarity with Manchester. Moments of silence and tributes have taken place in countries such as France, Australia, and the United States. Many vigils have included the release of pink balloons - which were dropped from the ceiling at the end of the concert before the bombing - in honor of the victims, many of whom were young girls.
 
Countless people have expressed their desire to help the victims and their families financially. This outpouring of support resulted in the creation of a special fund - the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. All of the money given to this fund will help support the injured and the families of those killed. With celebrities such as Ed Sheeran backing this effort, the Fund has received millions. 
 
And now Ariana Grande has decided to put on a massive benefit concert to support the Emergency Fund. The concert, One Love Manchester, will take place on Sunday, June 4th, in Manchester. Along with Grande, performers include Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Usher, Take That, and Niall Horan. 
 
Even if you aren’t able to attend the concert, you too can help the victims of the attack, their families, and their dependents by directly contributing to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.* You can either give to the charity managing the fund, the British Red Cross, or to the crowdfunding campaign set up by JustGiving. Keep in mind that since this is not a U.S. registered charity, gifts to the Emergency Fund are not tax-deductible. 
 
 
 
*Charities work quickly to establish crisis funds when tragedies such as the Manchester bombing take place. Given the challenge in predicting how these events will ultimately unfold - including how much donors will give and how much demand there will be for assistance - charities often include disclaimers with these funds. In this case, the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund states that “in the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, surplus funds will be used to respond to similar events in the UK that charity trustees consider appropriate.” Charity Navigator regularly reviews these kinds of statements in times of crisis giving and we see nothing unusual with this particular disclaimer. 
 
 
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