December Deadline For Katrina Relief Fund Applications, Donations

DURHAM, NC – The deadline for photojournalists to apply for relief from the NPPA/NPPF’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund is December 2, 2005, NPPA past president Bob Gould said today, and donations to the fund will also be accepted until then.

The fund was established to help photojournalists who lost their homes, or lost their jobs, or may have been separated from their families because of Hurricane Katrina.

“The NPPA and the NPPF really want to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. We realize that many of those affected may not realize this fund has been set up, so we are extending the deadline for donating as well as requests for funds. Many displaced and affected photojournalists are finally returning their lives to some sort of normalcy, but still are in need of money to help get them back on their feet," Gould said.

An application for consideration for relief is available as a downloadable Acrobat .PDF file here. Those wishing to apply for funds should download the form, print it out, answer the brief questions, and send in the request as soon as possible. Complete instructions are on the form.

This is also one last opportunity to ask people to support the fund with their tax-deductible donation. NPPA and NPPF solicited donations from the journalism community and the public to create the fund. The NPPF, often referred to simply as “the Foundation,” is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charity; all donations to the NPPF and to the Katrina Relief Fund are tax deductible.

Those who wish to donate money to the NPPF/Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund can click here to download an Acrobat .PDF version of the donation form. The form has instructions about how to make a donation via check, credit card, or PayPal and where to send the donation. PayPal members will be given an online link to use for their donation.

“We hope to award the financial grants around Christmas,” Gould said.

A committee was established to receive and review the requests for aid. Those on the committee include Gould at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI; John Ballance at The Advocate in Baton Rouge, LA; and Tim Mueller at The Advocate. Gould says that funds will be distributed based on need, affiliation with NPPA, and how much money is in the relief fund. NPPA members will be given first priority.

During the 48th annual NPPA Flying Short Course, print auctions in Boston, Austin, and Eugene raised cash for the NPPA/NPPF Katrina Relief Fund. The print auction in Eugene raised $1,854 according to NPPA vice president Tony Overman, and the print auction in Austin raised $1,425 according to NPPA president Alicia Wagner Calzada.

New York and New Jersey news photographers raised $1,325 at a fundraiser in late September when eight metropolitan-based photographers showed their photographs of the destruction and human suffering in New Orleans and Mississippi caused by Hurricane Katrina. The money was presented to NPPA Region 2 director Harry DiOrio, who placed it in the NPPA/NPPF Katrina Relief Fund.

For more information contact Gould at [email protected].