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Friday, August 28, 2009

4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast. The horrific stories, photos and videos inspired philanthropists to give $6.5 billion towards the relief and recovery efforts. The pace and level of giving was unprecedented, breaking all previous records of disaster-related giving. Charity Navigator played a part in guiding some of that giving by highlighting ratings for charities responding to the crisis, by providing tips to donors and by sharing our data and expertise with the media.

Tomorrow marks the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and we can expect the media to revisit the disaster. This may in turn prompt many donors to reflect on charitable investments made in the wake of Katrina. We offer the following resources for those who want to give again, follow-up on their previous gifts or simply learn more about what went right and what went wrong after Katrina.

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