U.S. Corporations Pledge Over $170 Million to Relief Efforts

In the seven days since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, corporations have committed more than $170 million to disaster relief efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C. A significant portion of that amount is earmarked for the families of the more than 300 firefighters and estimated 60 police officers who are missing and feared dead.

"A substantial number of callers are people who want to help firefighters, police, and rescue workers, and that's understandable since they have been the heroes," said Ani Hurwitz, a spokesperson for the New York Community Trust (http://www.nycommunitytrust.org/), which joined with the United Way of New York City to create the September 11 Fund to aid victims of the disaster. "We're trying to tell people there are going to be a lot of other needs in the city. People may not have focused yet on the single moms who worked at the World Trade Center and left children."

Many of the companies making large contributions have said they will also match donations to the relief efforts made by their employees.

To view a comprehensive list of corporations that have pledged or donated $1 million or more to the disaster relief and recovery efforts, visit: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/current/corporategiving.html.

Tamar Lewin. "Companies Pledge $100 Million in Relief" New York Times 09/15/2001.