Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11 Funds

September 11th
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States of America killing and injuring thousands. Horrified and compassionate Americans across the country subsequently donated $2.2 billion to various charities that had quickly set up 9/11-related funds. 

Under pressure from the media, politicians and donors, the majority of this money was spent within a year of the attacks. However, some charities wisely withheld a portion of the money they raised so that they could continue to fund memorial projects, mental and health-care services, and scholarships into the future. At least two highly-rated charities, Scholarship America and GlobalGiving, continue to provide 9/11-related programs and services.   

Facts related to 9/11:
  • 20% of Americans knew someone hurt or killed on 9/11. 
  • Around 36,000 units of blood were donated to the New York Blood Center, but only 258 were used. 
  • The IRS fast-tracked the approval of 300 new 9/11 related charities. By 2006, 1/3 couldn't be located and 38 had closed. 
  • The fires burned for almost 100 days after the attack. 
  • Around 1,300 corporations and foundations made 9/11 related donations accounting for nearly 40% of all donations. 
  • 2,992 people died in the attacks.

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