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AG releases Sandy charity info to public

More than $400M raised since storm

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:30 am

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that his office has publically released information on the donations given to more than 80 organizations for Hurricane Sandy relief.

The information on the more than $400 million raised in the wake of Sandy by 88 charities, was posted on the attorney general’s Charities Bureau website.

“The generosity of the public and the hard work of charities in response to Hurricane Sandy is inspiring,” Schneiderman said. “As we continue to monitor charitable activities related to Sandy relief, it is essential that nonprofit organizations operate in the most transparent way possible.”

At least $330 million — more than three-quarters of all raised — went to the top five charities, according to the Charities Bureau. The American Red Cross raised the most — making up just under half of all contributions — at $188 million. The second highest amount raised was from the Robin Hood Foundation, which raised $67 million, followed by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York, which raised $45 million. The Empire State Relief Fund and the Salvation Army come in fourth and fifth, with $15.4 million and $14.3 million respectively.

The other 83 organizations reported raising $77 million. Schneiderman’s office warned that a small portion of that amount also includes grants from one organization on the list to another, which means some money is reported twice.

The Attorney General’s Charities Bureau is set up to combat fraud concerning charities and their benefactors. The office said it will request updated information regularly and investigate credible complaints.

Any complaints concerning charitable activities relating to Hurricane Sandy should be sent to the Charities Bureau’s dedicated Hurricane Sandy email address: sandyresponse@ag.ny.gov. The full list of charities and their reported donations can be found at charitiesnys.com/fundraising_ and_spending.jsp.

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