Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 in wake of church shooting

The Starbucks Foundation is donating $100,000 to two funds in the wake of the church shooting last Wednesday in Charleston.

Pledges of financial support for the families of the victims of the shooting Wednesday at Emanuel AME Church continue to pour in.

The Starbucks Foundation is giving $100,000 to two funds in the community.

A $50,000 contribution will be made to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, established by the city of Charleston to help family members of the shooting victims pay for funerals, counseling and other needs.

The other $50,000 will be directed to Lowcountry Ministries — Reverend Pinckney Fund, to be used to support vulnerable populations and youth projects that church pastor the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator, was passionate about. Pinckney and eight others died in the mass shooting at the church.

Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz flew to Charleston on Friday to visit with workers in some of the downtown coffee shops near the site of the shooting on Calhoun Street.

“I’m deeply sorry on behalf of our entire company for all that you are going through,” he said after meeting with the workers. “Living in this beautiful, historic city, it’s tragic this could happen. Please take care of one another, and know that together, we will not be bystanders.”

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