Hurricane Sandy donations continue to provide disaster relief
January 17, 2013
Months after Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard, affecting areas between the Caribbean and New England, charitable contributions continue to flow. Damage from the largest Atlantic hurricane on record is estimated at $66 billion.
To address some of those needs, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recently awarded $600,000 in grants to address affected individuals' housing needs and aid people in the area who are chronically homeless. Of the total funding, $500,000 has been directed to the Enterprise Community Partners and $100,000 is going to Project Hospitality.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has timed the grants strategically. Research shows that natural disaster support tends to drop off two months after a major event. By making contributions now, the foundation hopes to spark a resurgence in relief efforts from other foundations.
The Robin Hood Foundation is also continuing its work, as it just announced it has dispersed another round of grants worth $2.2 million, bringing its total contributions to $20.2 million. Nearly 30 percent of this went toward emergency supplies and other materials for emergency assistance, while 27 percent has been distributed for long-term assistance such as repairs and housing assistance.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.