Eighty-eight charities that have responded to a survey from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said they have raised roughly $400 million for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, Schneiderman announced today.
The responses sent to the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau are posted online. The state sent questionnaires in November to 75 to nonprofit organizations about their fundraising related to the storm, including how much was raised and spent, the services and grants provided and plans for any surplus funds.
“The generosity of the public and the hard work of charities in response to Hurricane Sandy is inspiring. As we continue to monitor charitable activities related to Sandy relief, it is essential that nonprofit organizations operate in the most transparent way possible,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Five of the 88 charities have raised roughly $330 million of the $400 million. They are:
—American Red Cross, $188 million
—Robin Hood Foundation, $67 million
—The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, $45 million
—Empire State Relief Fund, $15.4 million
—The Salvation Army, USA Eastern Territory, $14.3 million
The other 83 organizations reported raising a total of $77 million. A small portion of the $77 million includes grants from other organizations on the list, so some money is reported twice, Schneiderman said.
The Charities Bureau will continue to request information and post updates online in the coming months, as well as seek more detailed information on fundraising and spending.
Any complaints about charitable activities related to Sandy can be sent to the Charities Bureau’s Hurricane Sandy email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for donors to charities fundraising for Sandy relief can be found on the Charities Bureau’s website.