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 the storm).
Here are the charities reporting new fundraising totals as of Friday:
- American Red Cross: $117-million
- Salvation Army: $5.1-million. The figure includes more than $4.5-million in online donations, more than $540,000 through its toll-free fundraising phone number, and $58,000 from its text-to-give program
- Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City: $32-million as of November 7.
- Robin Hood: more than $11-million for its relief fund
- Brooklyn Community Foundation: $1-million for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund
- Habitat for Humanity International: $46,000
- Brother’s Brother Foundation: $37,791
In addition, Network for Good, which accepts online donations for several charities, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, says it has processed $3.7-million in gifts.
The following is a sampling of some large gifts and grants made to help storm victims:
- PVH Corporation: $1-million. The money will be split among the American Red Cross, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The company will match its employees’ donations.
- Henry Schein Cares Foundation and affiliates: more than $1-million in cash and health care supplies to local relief organizations and communities affected by the hurricane
- Lady Gaga: $1-million to the American Red Cross
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation: $750,000 to support communities in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The following organizations will benefit from the money: Safe Space, an organization in Queens that is providing emergency relief to keep families safe in shelters; Citymeals-on-Wheels, which serves elderly and homebound people in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; the Brooklyn Community Foundation; the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which has provided volunteers in Staten Island and is working to address emergency needs; and the Queens Public Library, whose branches were badly damaged by the hurricane.
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