9/11 Funds and Subsequent Disaster Giving

  • Medicine & Health
  • 2001

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.