Responding to the devastating September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, several private foundations have announced sizable donations to aid the relief and recovery efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has approved a total of $30 million — $10 million to the American Red Cross, $10 million to the Salvation Army, and $10 million to the September 11th Fund, which was established by the United Way and the New York Community Trust the day after the terror attacks.
Other gifts of note include $10 million from the New York City-based Ford Foundation. The donation will be used to help the families of victims and to assist nonprofit organizations located in the vicinity of the World Trade Center whose operations were affected by the disaster.
"We have been overwhelmed by these events — the images of destruction and death, the sense of vulnerability," said Ford Foundation president Susan Berresford. "We have also seen stunning examples of heroism, service, and endurance. Our foundation has made its home in New York City for more than fifty years. This is our immediate community, and we want to help."
Elsewhere, the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation has pledged more than $3 million to the recovery effort and is volunteering experienced family and crisis counselors from its direct services unit to assist local New York agencies in supporting traumatized and grief-stricken families. And the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have pledged $1 million each to the New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund. The Gates Foundation has also announced donations to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund and the September 11th Fund.
To learn more about how you can assist the recovery effort, visit PND's 9/11 Disaster Recovery Resources page at: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/current/resources.html.