New York Charities Raise More Than $400 Million for Sandy Relief

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman has announced that nonprofit organizations in the state have raised more than $400 million for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

A survey of eighty-eight nonprofits by the office of the state attorney general found that as of mid-December fundraising for victims of the storm was dominated by five charities that, collectively, had raised approximately $330 million. The American Red Cross topped the list with $188 million raised, followed by the Robin Hood Foundation ($67 million), the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City ($45 million), the Empire State Relief Fund ($15.4 million), and the Salvation Army ($14.3 million).

The remaining eighty-three nonprofits on the AG's list reported raising a total of $77 million, although a small portion of that figure includes grants from other organizations on the list. The Charities Bureau within the AG's office plans to request and post more detailed information on Sandy fundraising and relief and recovery spending within a few months.

"The generosity of the public and the hard work of charities in response to Hurricane Sandy is inspiring," said Schneiderman 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."

To view nonprofits' responses to the AG's survey and how they plan to spend the funds raised, visit the Web site of the New York state attorney general's office.

"A.G. Schneiderman Publishes Information on Hurricane Sandy Relief Activities by Charities." New York Office of the Attorney General Press Release 01/03/2013.