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Maggie Morth
Communications Manager (212) 807-2415

Foundation Center Releases September 11: Perspectives from the Field of Philanthropy, Volume Two

New York, NY. September 10, 2003—To coincide with the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Foundation Center has published September 11: Perspectives from the Field of Philanthropy, Volume Two, a collection of in-depth interviews with and essays by leaders in the field. Many of the interviews underscore the significance of the aid provided by philanthropic and charitable organizations to the thousands of people who were affected by the events of that day. Several focus on the clash of radical Islam and the West, the war on terrorism, and the balance between civil liberties and national security, while others discuss the factors that caused the mainstream media to spin the story of the philanthropic response to September 11 as it did. Single copies of the book are available free of charge and may be ordered through the Foundation Center's Web site at The book is also available at the site as a downloadable PDF file. (See below for the full list of those who contributed to the volume.)

"This new collection of interviews continues our exploration of philanthropy's response to 9/11/01," says Foundation Center president, Sara Engelhardt. "While early critics of 9/11 funding expressed concern about decisions to reserve funds for the long-term effects of the tragedy, many observers interviewed for the new volume note the value of the sector's continuing ability to deal with the very real and persistent economic and mental-health consequences of September 11. Moreover, a number of interviews reveal the complexity and interrelatedness of a broad set of domestic and global issues that continue to evolve."

Creating the Record and Telling the Story

This book is one component of a multi-year initiative undertaken by the Foundation Center to create the definitive record and tell the story of philanthropy in the aftermath of September 11. In the Researching Philanthropy area of the Center's Web site visitors can find "Philanthropy's Response to 9/11," which provides access to a 9/11 Funding Database and published analyses of 9/11 giving patterns. Also provided is a link to the Center's online journal, Philanthropy News Digest, where the Center publishes and archives abstracts of 9/11-related news coverage and in-depth interviews, some of which are included in September 11: Perspectives from the Field of Philanthropy, Volume Two.

Support for the Center's 9/11 response project has been provided by: California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Chevron/Texaco, Citigroup Foundation, Ford Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, Morgan Stanley, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, New York Community Trust, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

About the Foundation Center

The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public.

September 11: Perspectives from the Field of
Volume Two


Foreword Compassion & Competence: A Non-Philanthropist Reflects on the Contributions of Philanthropy
Joshua Gotbaum, former President and CEO, September 11th Fund

Nonprofits and 9/11: Now the Good News
Susan V. Berresford, President, Ford Foundation

Philanthropy and Domestic Terrorism
Nancy Anthony, Executive Director, Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Mobilizing Resources to Meet the Needs of Pentagon Families
Terri Lee Freeman, President, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Helping Undocumented Immigrants in the Wake of 9/11
Teresa García, Finance Director, Asociacíon Tepeyac de New York

The Impact of 9/11 on Low-Income Workers
David R. Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society of New York

Forging Connections in Response to Disaster
Jack Rosenthal, President, New York Times Company Foundation

Helping the Arts and Artists Recover in the Wake of 9/11
Theodore S. Berger, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts

Working to Expand Access to Higher Education for All Americans
Martha Lamkin, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education

Philanthropy in a Post-9/11 World
Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Democracy As an Antidote to Terrorism
Benjamin R. Barber, Author, Jihad vs. McWorld

Development and Democracy in Post-/11 Asia
William Fuller, President, Asia Foundation

Human Rights in an Age of Terror
Ken Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

September 11 and the Arab American Community
James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute

The Media Response to 9/11
Hodding Carter III, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Media, Charity, and Philanthropy in the Aftermath of September 11
Paula DiPerna, Author, Media, Charity, and Philanthropy in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001

Coordinating Service Delivery to Victims of the World Trade Center Attack
Stephen Solender, CEO, 9/11 United Services Group

Meeting the Long-Term Needs of Individuals, Families, and Communities
Carol Kellermann, Executive Director and CEO, September 11th Fund

The Oral History of 9/11
Mary Marshall Clark, Director, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University

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