Attorney general to track Hurricane Sandy-related fundraising and spending of 75 charities
Wed, Nov 28th 2012 07:00 am
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
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:
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Friends Animal Society
Point Hurricane Sandy Relief
Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Charities Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens Inc.
for Disaster Philanthropy
Children's Help Organization
State Relief Fund
Relief & Development
Bank for New York City
For The World
Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Inc.
for Humanity International
to Heart International
for the Warriors
Sandy Relief Foundation
Disaster Response Corps
in Distressed Situations Inc.
Street Relief Fund
York Communities for Change
R. McCormick Foundation
the Children Federation Inc.
Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation
Humane Society of the United States
Jewish Federations of North America Inc.
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
of New York
Methodist Committee on Relief
Way of Long Island
Way of New York City
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.