Some Newtown family members told the Attorney General they lost trust in the Newtown Sandy Hook Community foundation formed by the United Way fund.
Many said it did not honor donor intentions.
News 8 brought those concerns to a board member.
Emotions ran high at a distribution committee public hearing Thursday night.
"Someone has to step up and say wait a minute, let's stop a minute here and not expect them to advocate for themselves," said Rob Accomando , who runs the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.
With that fund, Accomando says all the money goes to the 26 victims who lost a family member.
He felt a sense of duty to speak up last night.
"Think about if you were in their shoes, you lost your child and your world is forever changed. You deal with the grief every day, every minute of every day, and you're now put in a position to have to self advocate," Accomando said.
Right now, Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation is taking the more than $11 million. About 70 percent of that ($7.7 million) has been awarded to the 40 families impacted.
The rest goes to what has been dubbed long-term community needs.
News 8's Stephanie Simoni spoke with Sandy Hook Community Foundation board member Anne Ragusa.
"A father who lost a child at Sandy Hook told the Attorney General that he lost trust in the foundation as a board member. How does that feel hearing that?" she asked.
"Well it's difficult to hear obviously," Ragusa responded. "But we continue to do our best to reach out to everyone effected and keep those lines of communication open."
The foundation says reasonable donors who read the description would recognize that it was a community fund not a victim's compensation fund.
"We've heard everything from 'really nothing will compensate us' to ‘everything should go to the families' and once again we had to go back to what was the mission of the foundation," Ragusa said.
She says they had meetings with the families, community members, looked at what other communities stricken with tragedy have done, considered donor intent, and tried to strike a balance between immediate need and long-term need.
"We're really looking at a marathon not a sprint," Ragusa said.
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