The September 11th Fund has announced that, as of December 31, it had made grants totaling $154.3 million to help the victims, families, and communities affected by the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
More than 90 percent of that amount was used to provide aid to 27,717 victims and families in forty U.S. states and twenty countries. Approximately $131.4 million of the total was disbursed in the form of cash assistance, while another $10 million was used to fund services such as crisis counseling, job referrals, and legal assistance. The Fund also contributed $12.9 million to the rescue and recovery efforts, including food and supplies delivered to ground zero in Lower Manhattan and grants and loans to nonprofits in the area that were affected by the collapse of the Twin Towers.
The Fund said it had received 1.7 million contributions totaling $404 million from individuals, corporations, and foundations in all fifty U.S. states and 150 countries. That amount includes the $112 million raised through the "America: Tribute to Heroes" telethon broadcast on September 21. The Fund, which was created by officials of the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City on the day of the attacks, plans to continue helping the thousands of people who lost jobs or homes, as well as those who are not covered by the federal government's victim compensation fund. It will also continue to provide funds for long-term needs such as mental health care, job training, and service coordination.
"Millions of Americans and others who donated have made a huge impact in helping victims, surviving families and communities recover," said Joshua Gotbaum, the Fund's executive director and CEO. "Thanks to their generosity, the September 11th Fund still has significant resources to continue helping meet immediate and long-term needs."