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Giving in the Aftermath of 9/11: Final Update on the Foundation and Corporate Response

January 1, 2005

This fourth and final version of Giving in the Aftermath of 9/11 provides a definitive and comprehensive overview of foundation and corporate donors and their beneficiaries. Based on data compiled through September 2004, this study updates and expands on the findings presented in our December 2003 report. The latest information was drawn primarily from 2002 and 2003 annual reports provided by foundation and corporate donors and from data reported by private foundations in their Form 990-PF tax returns. Information also comes from grantmaker news releases and Web sites and donor lists compiled by leading recipients, such as the American Red Cross and the September 11th Fund of the United Way of New York City and the New York Community Trust.

September 11: Perspectives From the Field of Philanthropy -- Volume Three

January 1, 2004

Assesses the philanthropic sector's response to September 11 through interviews with leaders in the field. Provides lessons learned in the government-philanthropic relief effort, highlighting unresolved public policy issues. Includes recommendations.

9/11 Relief and Regranting Funds

December 1, 2003

This report provides an overview of the activities and beneficiaries of the funds and agencies involved in 9/11-related disaster relief and recovery, drawn from data compiled by the Foundation Center through September 2003. Reflecting differences in sources of information, the report offers two distinct and complementary views of the funds:Part I discusses findings from our 2003 survey of large and small relief funds and agencies. The survey provides a broad perspective on the activities and practices of 9/11-related charities and considers the impact of size and sponsor type on patterns of assistance, sources of support, and timetables for distributing aid. More importantly, it sheds light on some of the planning and operational constraints involved in the delivery of disaster relief and the creative responses and collaborative efforts required to overcome these difficulties and achieve results.Part II documents total contributions raised and distributed by 40 of the largest 9/11 relief and regranting funds. The analysis tracks the purposes and beneficiaries of nearly $2.2 billion distributed by these charities for relief and recovery efforts through September 2003, and projects distribution patterns for unspent funds.

Giving in the Aftermath of 9/11: 2003 Update on the Foundation and Corporate Response

December 1, 2003

The unprecedented outpouring of charitable support that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prompted the Foundation Center to launch a multiyear effort to track relief and recovery funding by foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors. Our goal early on was to document the philanthropic response as it was happening so that grantmakers and charities could better identify unmet needs, and to help the field respond to questions from the media, government officials, and the general public. Over the longer term, our goal is to provide a definitive record of the response that will help the philanthropic sector identify its successes and lessons learned, so that it can respond even more effectively to future disasters.

Update on Funding for Higher and Graduate Educational Institutions

October 1, 2003

This Update on Funding for Higher and Graduate Educational Institutions offers a brief examination of the growth and distribution of foundation support for these institutions from the late 1990s through the early years of the new millennium. Between 1997 and 2002 the nation's grantmaking foundations provided an estimated $7.27 billion to colleges, community colleges, universities, professional schools, and graduate schools in 2002. This represented a 73 percent ($3.1 billion) rise--54 percent after inflation--over the $4.2 billion they awarded to these institutions in 1997. Despite this strong growth, the gain in support for higher and graduate educational institutions fell behind the 89.5 percent jump in overall foundation giving during this period.