New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reports that charities have raised $400 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York. Not surprisingly, The American Red Cross raised the most money, nearly $188 million. That’s roughly comparable to the $154 million it cost the New York City budget for overtime pay for police, fire and other first responders.
The $188 million reported by the Red Cross was used to serve nearly nine million meals and snacks and provide more than 81,000 shelter stays and other services in the 11 states affected by the superstorm, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Click here for the NY State list of Hurricane Sandy charity fund-raising accounts. If the charity you donated to is not on this list, either it is not reporting as required to New York State, or you’ve been scammed.
Much of the donations to the American Red Cross and other charities were from corporations donating $1 million or more.
- Click here for the US Chamber of Commerce Hurricane Sandy Corporate Aid Tracker.
- Click here for the NY Times article detailing official New York City overtime costs for Hurricane Sandy
There are still people in need. You can still donate money. You can still volunteer your time. My recommendations are these two charities:
- Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Sandy Restoration Efforts
- New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund established by Governor Christie
Click here for the NYCOTC Hurricane Sandy Resource Page, with information about how to avoid Hurricane Sandy frauds, how to apply for FEMA or small business loans, and more.