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Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

Foundation Center Releases Capstone
Publication on September 11 Giving

More than $1.1 Billion Has Been Awarded
by Foundations and Corporations

New York City. January 7, 2005—Immediately after September 11, 2001, the New York-based Foundation Center embarked on a unique effort to create the record and tell the story of the philanthropic sector's response to the tragic events of that day. The initiative has come to fruition with the publication of September 11: The Philanthropic Response, the final publication in a series of reports, essays, and interviews that have been issued by the Foundation Center over the past three years.

At the heart of this compendium volume is "Giving in the Aftermath of September 11: Final Update on the Foundation and Corporate Response," a comprehensive overview of the more than $1.1 billion in grants reported by 1,339 foundations and corporations, including nearly $8 million awarded in 2003 alone for long-term needs and emerging social issues. According to Loren Renz, the Foundation Center's vice president for research, the results of the study suggest that a number of grantmakers adopted a long-term approach, making grants over two to three years. "Despite the precarious economy during this period, the response of grantmakers to America's greatest tragedy since Pearl Harbor has set a historic milestone for the field and has encouraged donors to be even more philanthropic going forward."

The volume also features:

  • A complete list of the funders and their 4,542 gifts for September 11-related causes, plus indexes to grant recipients and subjects.

  • A unique timeline of events on and after September 11, 2001, including the responses of private philanthropy, government agencies, and the media.

  • An introductory essay on the social conditions that give rise to terrorism, the roles of philanthropies in international civil society, and the effect of post-9/11 security concerns and policies.

  • A compilation of reports prepared for the Ford Foundation presenting a thorough account of relief and recovery activities in New York City.

  • A comprehensive bibliography of related books, pamphlets, and articles.

    Although the Center's 9/11 initiative has come to a close, its research reports, interactive 9/11 Funding Database, and archive of interviews will remain available for public access at "Philanthropy's Response to 9/11" at, where single copies of September 11: The Philanthropic Response may be requested or downloaded at no charge.

    About the Foundation Center

    The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. 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 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.

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