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The Philanthropic Response to 9/11: Creating the Record and Telling the Story


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–June 30, 2004
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

In response to the September 11th disaster, an estimated $1.5 billion in private contributions were made, with more than half from institutional donors. These included independent, corporate and community foundations, as well as direct corporate giving and support from other public foundations and trade or business associations. This presents an excellent opportunity to make the public aware of the generous response demonstrated by the philanthropic community.Multiyear funding will support efforts to construct a comprehensive picture of giving by foundations and corporations in the aftermath of September 11th and report on how those funds are ultimately spent. Objectives include gathering data on institutional giving; track regranting through intermediaries and pass-through funds to identify end recipients; analyze the patterns of contributions according to donor-institution type and recipient type; assess the impact of September 11th giving on other grantmaking programs; and complement statistical data with interviews of philanthropic and community leaders to illustrate the human aspect of giving.The Foundation Center, established in 1956, is dedicated to fostering public understanding of the foundation field.