Scholarship for Dae'Anna Reynolds

For: Dae’Anna Reynolds
Minnesota
Organizer: Maggie Mason
Scholarship for Dae'Anna Reynolds (Dae’Anna Reynolds)
$12,275
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 282 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is not accepting donations. Check back soon!

The Story

Dae-Dae is the four-year-old girl who was in the backseat when Philando Castile was killed in his car. While Philando was dying, she soothed her grief-stricken mother saying, “It’s OK, Mommy … it’s OK, I’m right here with you” and  “I don’t want you to get shooted.”

I'm a mom of two, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this baby. I've felt helpless wondering what will happen to her.

Philando and Diamond, Dae-Dae's mom, weren't married. There were funds raised to support immediate needs for both the Castile and Reynolds families, but I looked everywhere for a scholarship specifically for Dae-Dae and couldn't find one. With the help of some friends, we contacted her family and looked into the legalities surrounding how to set this up.

This fund is specifically for Dae-Dae, who is now five, when she comes of age. If you're willing to help by donating whatever you can, we can ensure that this awful event doesn't define her future. 

Our plan is to put these funds into an irrevocable trust. So in addition to donations, we're also looking for someone to help us create a pro-bono irrevocable trust for a minor with:

• a third-party trustee, someone who isn't related to the little girl ,
• and a HEMs provision which allows the funds to be used only for health, education, and maintenance.

Please reach out if you can help with that or know someone who can.

In the meantime, if you've been lost, wondering what you can possibly do to help, this is it. Thank you for giving whatever you can.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 13, 2017

Posted on July 13, 2017

Just a quick update to let everyone know that we have a lawyer who has volunteered to help us sort the trust details! Once everything is finalized, we'll update this page and make a final call for donations before we transfer funds.

Thank you again to all of you for donating. We'll keep you posted.


Posted on June 30, 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017

We're back, and surpassed our goal within a few hours of going live again. Thank you all so much. It has been touching to see and all of you sending support to this little girl.

Dae'Anna's family put us in touch with their lawyer so he could send us information about the trust he set up. We're still in process with that, but YouCaring was being extra cautious and paused the campaign until the family verified that we were in contact and working to get your money to Dae'Anna.

We met our goal so quickly, we're going to keep the campaign live for those of you who are just hearing about it and would still like to contribute. Thank you all again.

Posted on June 28, 2017

Posted on June 28, 2017

This campaign took off so much faster than we ever anticipated. Thank you all so much. We're putting fundraising on hold for a moment while we figure out the logistics of the trust, so the (now substantial) donations can go directly into that account.

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