A Month After Sandy, Charities Have Raised Over $244-Million

A month after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast coast, charities have raised more than $244-million for relief and recovery efforts.

That figure is roughly equivalent to the amount raised a month after last year’s Japan earthquake and tsunami ($246.9-million). But it’s dwarfed by the $709-million raised a month after the Haiti earthquake of 2010 and the more than $1.4-billion raised by this point after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Among the organizations reporting fundraising totals this w…


Update: Charities Raise More Than $174-Million for Sandy Victims

As of Friday, charities have reported raising more than $174-million for relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the New York and New Jersey region on October 30.

That’s more than the $136-million that U.S. charities had raised within 10 days of last year’s Japan tsunami and earthquake. But it’s dwarfed by the outpouring that followed the 2010 Haiti earthquake ($380-million 10 days after the event) and 2005′s Hurricane Katrina ($740-million nine days after t…


Update: Fundraising for Sandy Victims Totals More Than $116.2-Million

Here are the latest totals from charities that are raising money for Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts. Combined with previously reported figures, more than $116.2-million has been raised.

  • American Red Cross: $103-million in donations and pledges
  • Salvation Army: $4.7-million, including $4.3-million in online donations and nearly $440,000 through its toll-free fundraising phone number
  • United Way of New York City: $3-million from corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • United Way:…

Disaster and Holiday Fundraising Can Mix: Here’s How

Charities that raise money after a disaster are often confronted by donors who are skeptical about how their donations will be spent.

As a result, groups that provide disaster relief need to take extra steps to be “transparent and accountable” during a crisis, says Bob Ottenhoff, chief executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

“Donors want to know why you’re raising money and what you’re going to do with it,” Mr. Ottenhoff said during a conference call Monday with Chronicle readers abou…


Message to Sandy Donors: Skip the Canned Goods

As Hurricane Sandy relief efforts are about to open their second week, a national nonprofit coalition formally announced its new publicity campaign to teach people how to give more responsibly after a natural disaster or a tragedy.

The campaign’s message is simple: Financial donations are the best way to help those affected by the storm.

While canned food, bottled water and used clothing may be satisfying to give, cash donations have more impact, since they allow relief organizations the flexibi…


Update: Total Raised for Superstorm Sandy Relief Now Tops $92.3-Million

In addition to the American Red Cross’s announcement that it has raised $85-million as of Sunday for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, more charities updated their fundraising totals on Monday. The total raised by all charities reporting to The Chronicle is more than $92.3-million.

Fundraising totals for today:

  • Salvation Army: $3.4-million, of which more than $3-million has been donated online, $50,700 through its text-to-give program, and $351,000 through its toll-free fundraising phone number

Update: Red Cross Raises $85-Million for Storm Relief

As of Sunday, the American Red Cross reported its fundraising total has reached $85-million for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

The take was boosted in part by a telethon Friday night sponsored by NBC and NBC Universal. The event featured entertainers who are natives of the hard-hit New York and New Jersey region, including Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Stewart.

The Red Cross and NBC Universal say that the event raised $23-million.

Emma Carew Grovum contributed to this…


Update: More Than $37.5-Million Raised as of Friday for Storm Relief

The American Red Cross has sent emergency-response vehicles to New Jersey neighborhoods to feed residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Les Stone/American Red Cross)

More donations continue to pour in to support Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

Charities have reported the following fundraising totals today:

  • American Red Cross: $35-million
  • Salvation Army: $1.7-million raised online; $24,200 from text-to-give appeals; $122,000 through the charity’s toll-free phone number, 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Humane So…

United Way and AARP Foundation Establish Relief Funds

The United Way and the AARP have established two relief funds to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.

The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund will benefit individuals, families, and communities in the federally declared disaster areas. United Way of New York City is leading fundraising and distributing the funds with United Way USA to other local United Ways. The New York City chapter says it will not charge administrative fees on the donations.

The AARP Foundation is mat…


Charities Should Check in With Donors Affected by Storm, Says Panel

As charities prepare for the crucial year-end giving season, donors in New York and New Jersey are facing a growing wave of emergency appeals to support recovery efforts from the Superstorm Sandy. But those appeals shouldn’t affect the year-end giving efforts of groups that have a strong relationship with their existing donors, according to a panel assembled for a conference that The Chronicle co-hosted.

The panel—which featured Terry Axelrod, founder of the fundraising consulting company Bene…