As millions of people remained without power, heat, or water for a third day in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, million-dollar donations and in-kind gifts continued to pour in from corporations and their foundations in support of relief and recovery efforts.
As of Thursday morning, FedEx Corporation had pledged $1.2 million in cash and in-kind transportation to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Heart to Heart International, and Direct Relief International for food, shelter, clothing, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and other assistance for those affected by the storm.
Financial services institutions also continued to step up, with BNY Mellon announcing a commitment of $1 million — a $500,000 grant and $500,000 to match donations made by its employees — to the Red Cross, local food banks, and other frontline agencies; Capital One announcing a $1 million commitment, including $200,000 in emergency relief grants, $600,000 for longer-term recovery efforts, and up to $200,000 to match contributions made by customers through its Web site; and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation announcing a commitment of $500,000 over two years to the Red Cross' Disaster Responder Program.
The auto industry also revved up its support for relief and recovery efforts in affected communities, with Toyota ($1 million), Mercedes-Benz USA ($1 million), the Volkswagen of America Foundation ($500,000), and Ford employees and the Ford Motor Company Fund ($50,000) announcing donations to the Red Cross and other nonprofits.
Elsewhere, the Coca-Cola Foundation pledged $1 million in support of relief efforts; PepsiCo announced donations of $500,000 to the Red Cross for its Annual Disaster Giving Program and $250,000 to Feeding America for its annual disaster relief fund; News Corp. announced a donation of $500,000 to the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC and $500,000 for relief efforts in New Jersey; the Starbucks Foundation announced a donation of $250,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and $250,000 to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for longer-term assistance; and the New York Yankees and Sutter Health each pledged $500,000 to the Red Cross.
Other Donations (as of 10:30 EST, Friday, November 2)
- PNC Foundation — $300,000 ($150,000 to American Red Cross; $150,000 to Salvation Army)
- AT&T — $250,000 to American Red Cross
- Hartford Financial Services Group — $250,000 to American Red Cross
- Walgreens — $250,000 to American Red Cross
- Lilly Foundation -- $200,000 to American Red Cross; the foundation will also match employee contributions
- Anheuser-Busch — $100,000 to American Red Cross
- Delta Air Lines Foundation -- $100,000 to American Red Cross
- Pernod Ricard USA — $100,000 to American Red Cross
- PSEG Foundation -- $100,000 ($50,000 to American Red Cross; $50,000 to other organizations)
- Home Depot Foundation — $250,000 to Red Cross; $150,000 for Operation Homefront's Emergency Relief Fund; $100,000 to Team Rubicon for clean-up and rebuilding efforts
- IDT Energy — $50,000 to American Red Cross
- Intel Foundation — matching Intel retirees' donations to relief organizations up to $2,000 per retiree
- Anheuser-Busch — 44,000 cases of canned water
- AT&T — charging stations
- Caterpillar, Inc. — portable generators, personnel, and equipment
- Coca-Cola — bottled water
- Duke Energy — personnel
- Johnson & Johnson — hygiene kits
- Nestle Waters — bottled water
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company — personnel
- PepsiCo — bottled water