The New York City-based Ford Foundation has announced the release of a report that examines the philanthropic response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, with a focus on key aspects of the relief and recovery efforts in New York City.
The report, The Philanthropic Response to 9/11 (75 pages, MS Word), documents the actions of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate donors in the aftermath of September 11 and identifies lessons that will help strengthen the charitable response to future attacks and terrorist-related emergencies. The report found that overall the sector performed well, particularly given the unprecedented nature of the attacks and the destruction and loss of life that ensued. According to the report, challenges that should be addressed to ensure an even more effective response in the future include the need to streamline philanthropic decision making to allow for more flexibility in emergency situations and the creation of a simplified one-stop application process that would speed up the distribution of emergency asssitance during a crisis.
"Several good studies on the philanthropic response have been released recently, including one by the [General Accounting Office], and we hope this report will contribute to a broader discussion of what the sector and the country as a whole can learn from our experiences of the past year," said Ford Foundation president Susan V. Berresford.