2001 9/11 Funds and Subsequent Disaster Giving
The attacks of September 11, 2001 prompted an unprecedented outpouring of American giving. The American Red Cross organized one of the nation’s largest charity drives after 9/11, called the Liberty Fund. Americans donated more than $752 million to this fund to provide medical care and aid to survivors of the attacks and their families. Counting donations to other organizations, a total of more than $2.8 billion was offered to charitable causes after 9/11.
Researchers believe this historic outpouring set new standards for disaster relief and set the table for other massive surges of emergency giving by Americans in the years since—including $1.9 billion to the victims of 2004’s Pacific tsunami, $1.5 billion in relief to Haiti after its 2010 earthquake, and a record $5.3 billion charitable outpouring in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
- "September 11: The Philanthropic Response," from the Foundation Center, foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/research/pdf/911book3.pdf
- Discussion of 9/11 and other disaster giving, dcblog.foundationcenter.org/2011/09/september-11-a-look-back.html