Foundation Center Publication Focuses on Philanthropic Response to September 11

The Foundation Center has released a new publication that features more than a dozen interviews with philanthropic leaders who offer personal accounts of how their foundations and nonprofit organizations mobilized to identify needs and deliver aid to a broad spectrum of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In addition to the interviews conducted by the Center's staff, September 11: Perspectives from the Field of Philanthropy (194 pages, PDF) includes two introductory essays that outline the challenges facing charities as they strive to raise and disburse funds in the complex and shifting regulatory environment. The publication is part of the Center's multi-year initiative to create the definitive record and tell the story of philanthropy in the aftermath of the attacks. In the near future, the Center will release a report on the impact of September 11 on grantmaker policies and programs, and a later phase of the project will focus on grants and services provided by recipient agencies. The Annie E. Casey Foundation provided the lead grant in support of the project.

"When you read the stories told by the people we interviewed, several common themes emerge. They describe a surprisingly coordinated process of identifying charities with existing service-delivery capacities and tapping their expertise to distribute relief aid quickly and efficiently," said Foundation Center president Sara L. Engelhardt. "But even more than that, they recognized almost immediately that the process of recovery from an event as unprecedented and catastrophic as September 11 would be complicated and protracted, demanding long-term strategies for relief and recovery."

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