Attorney general to track Hurricane Sandy-related fundraising and spending of 75 charitiesby jmaloni
To promote transparency, A.G. requests info from nonprofits raising
funds for Sandy relief and will report it online
Schneiderman to ensure that funds raised for Hurricane Sandy relief are used for that purpose
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Monday that his office has sent letters to 75 nonprofits requesting information on their fundraising and relief activities related to Hurricane Sandy. In an effort to promote transparency and donor confidence, and to ensure that funds raised for Sandy relief are properly used, the attorney general's charities bureau will compile this information and report it online.
"Our office commends all of the charities, and their volunteers and donors, who have come to the assistance of New Yorkers after Hurricane Sandy," Schneiderman said. "In light of the importance of the recovery efforts, and the enormous amount of money raised in such a short period of time, it is critical that donors know where their money is going, and that funds are spent responsibly. In the name of transparency and accountability, we must ensure that funds raised for Hurricane Sandy relief are used for that purpose."
The letter sent to charities asks for certain basic information, including:
- The amount raised and spent to date for Hurricane Sandy relief;
- Whether donations will be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief;
- The services provided to date to those affected by Hurricane Sandy;
- Whether the charity is providing funding to other organizations, or making direct financial grants to individuals, families or businesses;
- What the charity plans to do with any surplus funds.
Information obtained from the responses will be made available on the attorney general's website. In addition to promoting transparency, this information will also assist relief organizations in coordinating their delivery of services.
The 75 organizations that were sent a letter from the attorney general's office are:
- AARP Foundation
- Acupuncturists Without Borders
- Afya Foundation
- All Hands Volunteers
- American Humane Association
- American Red Cross
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- AmeriCares Foundation Inc.
- Best Friends Animal Society
- B'nai B'rith International
- Breezy Point Hurricane Sandy Relief
- Brooklyn Recovery Fund
- Brother's Brother Foundation
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens Inc.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- Children's Hunger Fund
- Church World Service
- City Harvest
- Convoy of Hope
- Direct Relief International
- Disaster Chaplaincy Services
- Emergency Children's Help Organization
- Empire State Relief Fund
- Episcopal Relief & Development
- Feed the Children
- Food Bank for New York City
- Gleaning For The World
- Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Inc.
- Habitat for Humanity International
- Heart to Heart International
- Hispanic Federation
- Hope for the Warriors
- Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation
- ICNA Relief
- International Rescue Committee
- Islamic Relief USA
- Jewish Disaster Response Corps
- Kids in Distressed Situations Inc.
- Liberty Street Relief Fund
- MAP International
- Matthew 25 Ministries
- Modest Needs Foundation
- Movement for Peace
- National Firefighters Endowment
- National Urban League
- New York Cares
- New York Communities for Change
- Occupy Sandy
- Operation Blessing International
- Rebuilding Together
- Rebuilding Together NYC
- Red Hook Initiative
- Robert R. McCormick Foundation
- Robin Hood Foundation
- Samaritan's Purse
- Save the Children Federation Inc.
- ShelterBox USA
- Staten Island Strong
- Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation
- Team Rubicon
- The Humane Society of the United States
- The Jewish Federations of North America Inc.
- The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
- The New York City Coalition Against Hunger
- The Salvation Army
- UJA-Federation of New York
- United Methodist Committee on Relief
- United Way of Long Island
- United Way of New York City
- Waves For Water
- We Care NYC
- World Vision International
Additional organizations are expected to be contacted by the attorney general's office.
The Office of the Attorney General is responsible for overseeing charitable activities and fundraising in New York. The office's charities bureau has established a dedicated Hurricane Sandy email address. Any complaints regarding charitable activities relating to Hurricane Sandy should be sent to [email protected].
Tips for donors supporting Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as financial reports of charities, are available on Schneiderman's charities bureau website at www.charitiesnys.com.