Teri Maiorca Wade
Vice President for Communications
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2526

New York, NY -- August 28, 2008. This week, visitors to the Foundation Center's web site will find a one-stop shop of fast facts, visual snapshots of data, and news and research that offer a portrait of U.S. foundation giving in response to the devastation left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita three years ago.

Using the Center's interactive mapping and charting tools, web visitors can see graphic displays of the geographic areas and the types of services and organizations that received over $800 million of the more than $1 billion donated by grantmakers -- data collected by the Center on thousands of grants made from 2005 right up through 2008. Also provided are links to Center research and to an extensive archive of related news published in Philanthropy News Digest, the Center's daily online news service.

This is the first in what will be a recurring effort to provide an online compendium of free, easily accessible information on special topics and current events as they relate to the field of philanthropy. View our special Gulf Coast feature.

Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 57,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of close to 400 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.