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Schneiderman: $400M Raised For Sandy Relief
Posted By Joseph Spector On January 3, 2013 @ 1:51 pm In Other | Comments Disabled
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman published information today on a reported $400 million in donations raised by charities for Superstorm Sandy relief, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
The Attorney General’s office requested the amount of money raised and spent by charities for Sandy relief to increase transparency. Schneiderman said he received responses from 88 charities and their donations totaled $400 million.
“The generosity of the public and the hard work of charities in response to Hurricane Sandy is inspiring,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “As we continue to monitor charitable activities related to Sandy relief, it is essential that nonprofit organizations operate in the most transparent way possible.”
The American Red Cross raised the most money with a total of $188 million. Other charities that had the highest donations included the Robin Hood Foundation, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the Empire State Relief Fund, and the Salvation Army, USA Eastern Territory.
The five charities that raised the most money contributed about $330 million in donations and the remaining 83 charities raised $77 million for the Oct. 29 storm.
The surveys the Attorney General’s office sent to charities also requested information about services, grants and plans for any surplus funds. Schneiderman said they plan to request more information on fundraising and spending.
The information detailing charitable donations for Sandy can be found on the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau’s website at www.charitiesnys.com/fundraising_and_spending.jsp .
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