Friday, September 16, 2005
American Red Cross Fundraiser at Northrop Grumman Collects
$103,000 for Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sept. 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- A 'drive-through' fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims held at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Space Park campus Sept. 9 collected more than $103,000 for American Red Cross relief efforts, the company announced today. "
By Sue Anne Pressley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 16, 2005; Page B01
Freddie Walker -- late of New Orleans, now an evacuee living at the D.C. Armory -- cannot describe his gratitude for all the things Washington area residents have done for him. Through various donors, he has received a $350 gift card, tickets to Nationals games, a shopping spree at Wal-Mart. Best of all, on Wednesday, he began work on a local construction crew."
The Oviedo High School junior watched on television as Harvey Jackson of Biloxi, Miss., described Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters tearing his house apart and sweeping his wife away from him. With tears in her eyes, Amber turned to her mother and asked whether she could go to the Gulf Coast."
By KIM GAMEL
The Associated Press
Friday, September 16, 2005; 9:20 AM
NEW YORK -- The top U.S. aid official cautioned that the cost of Hurricane Katrina could come at the expense of some overseas assistance.
Andrew Natsios, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Thursday nonessential foreign aid could be delayed as the United States struggles to assist victims of the killer storm.
'We're going to try and increase "
Thursday, September 15, 2005
SBC Foundation Funds U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Technology Incubator Program to Assist Hispanic Entrepreneurs
"In light of the extraordinary circumstances created by Hurricane Katrina, a direct grant for the creation of a Casa Cyber Technology Center will be given to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana located in Metairie, Louisiana. The funds will help impacted businesses get back on their feet after the unprecedented disaster in the metropolitan New Orleans area."
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(AP) CHICAGO New Orleans' Audubon Nature Institute Ron Forman says he's prepared to raise private funds so that 5,000 animals and a pared-down staff of about 100 can remain at the zoo while the city is rebuilt.
Forman was in Chicago Wednesday for the annual conference of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. He said the effort to keep New Orleans' zoo open could cost $25 million the first six months. "
Drawing on decades of experience, the head of the United Way of Miami-Dade takes the helm of a new national task force coordinating long-term disaster response.
BY THERESA BRADLEY
United Way of Miami-Dade
As a boy in Baltimore, Harve Mogul remembers watching his first hurricane peel the tar off the road in front of his house. Now, the head of the Miami-Dade United Way has been picked to cobble together a national task force in response to Hurricane Katrina, marking the first time since its 1887 founding that local United Way leaders have joined together to craft a coherent national plan.
The group includes local leaders whose experiences with Florida hurricanes, Iowa floods and New York terror attacks have made them experts in disaster response."
Thousands of people who lost everything depend on donors and charities as a long recovery begins
As the flood waters from Hurricane Katrina continued to recede last week, nonprofit officials from around the country were grappling with the enormous problems left in the storm's wake.
Chief among them is dealing with the largest displacement of Americans since the Civil War. Charities and foundations are scrambling to figure out how to aid the hundreds of thousands of people who fled the Gulf Coast, and help them get new homes, jobs, transportation, medical care, education for their children, post-trauma counseling, and other services."
By Holly Hall
Hurricane Katrina has many fund raisers worried about the possibility of short-term fund-raising problems and longer-lasting challenges.
Many charities that are not involved in the relief operation can expect a temporary dip in contributions as gasoline prices soar and people open their wallets to help hurricane victims. Such dips occurred after the 2001 terrorist attacks and December tsunamis, according to philanthropy researchers."
Billionaires Open Their Wallets
Allison Fass and Helen Coster, 09.14.05, 6:00 AM ET
American billionaires hold much of the wealth in the U.S. and also control many of its largest companies. As such, they are in a unique position to influence national giving much in the same way as celebrities and sports stars are.
But instead of making bold donations and speaking out publicly about their contributions to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, all but a rare few have chosen to shun the limelight. Among those who won't comment on their personal giving in face of this tragedy are Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRKA - news - people ), Larry Ellison of Oracle (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ), Jeff Bezos of Amazon (nasdaq: AMZN - news - people ) and Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. "
Central Texas nonprofits discuss their future
9/14/2005 9:40 PM
By: Bob Robuck
Austin Free-Net is responsible for providing some Internet service at the Austin Convention Center shelter.
It will be some time before Katrina's effects on local nonprofit organizations are fully measured, but nearly 300 groups in Central Texas are already discussing their futures.
The nonprofits held a town hall meeting Wednesday to talk about what they learned and what they can do to maintain stability."
By SARA HEBEL
Hurricane Katrina will cost Mississippi's public and private colleges at least $673.5-million, according to preliminary estimates provided this week by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the state's public-university governing board.
By Josee Valcourt
Usually nonprofits provide services in times of need.
But in a twist of fate, a number of nonprofits located in Mississippi's southern portion devastated by Hurricane Katrina are now financially crippled.
I-R-S Commissioner Mark Everson says calls for the Federal Emergency Management Agency are being rerouted to I-R-S call centers in Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Buffalo, New York. Workers there are putting names, contact information and type of assistance needed into FEMA's computer system for processing."
United Way leaders say this year, more than ever, their agencies will need increased funding.
Ken Ma | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted September 15, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH -- Hurricane Katrina's ripple effect is reaching many nonprofits, including the area's United Way.
The agency is hoping to exceed the goal of last year's fund-raising campaign to continue funding its 47 beneficiaries. Those nonprofits offer essential services that have already been used by the hundreds of evacuees who fled to Volusia and Flagler counties."
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Chicago, IL - In response to the national crisis brought on by Hurricane Katrina, the Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc. (BUFI), a 501 (c)(3) organization created to serve African American communities through self-help initiatives, has established the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund to raise funds in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina."
A Telegraph Column By Darren Garnick
Published: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Q: How do you compete with a natural disaster for the spotlight that’s rightfully yours?
A: You don’t.
Since the drowning of New Orleans, America’s A-List celebrities have graciously handled seeing their names in a smaller font size than Hurricane Katrina. If not for their willingness to open their checkbooks, we might not be reading their names this month at all. "
13 Sep 2005 22:03:21 GMT
Sept 13 (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina displaced 1 million people and could cost as much as $200 billion, according to some estimates. Here are some facts about the impact of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history and the relief and recovery effort on Tuesday.
* More than 640 people were confirmed dead, mostly in Louisiana, where there are 423 and Mississippi with 218. Katrina also caused scattered deaths in Alabama and Florida."
13 Sep 2005
This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Katrina hours after making landfall on the Louisiana coast.
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Larry Minear, director of the Humanitarian and War Project at Tufts University’s Feinstein International Famine Centre, says Americans have a lot to learn from the global reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina has turned the world’s preeminent aid donor into an aid recipient. Normally on the dispensing end of financial and technical assistance, the United States has now received offers of aid in cash and kind valued at $1 billion from some 100 countries and international organisations."
Published September 15, 2005
The charitable giving from South Florida businesses following Hurricane Katrina has ranged from self-serving to substantial.
In the dubious offering category:
One lunch place offered to donate 50 cents for every large-portion purchase of a certain food item. A broker sought publicity for its grand offer of $1 for any retail trade. And a bank urged customers to visit a branch 'to authorize their contributions.'"
Published September 15, 2005
It's a toxic soup, not a mystic river, that Sean Penn is wading through. And Kanye West is talking politics. Without a single rhyme.
Celine Dion is donating a million dollars. Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia and Arturo Sandoval are taking toys to shelters in Biloxi and Baton Rouge. And the entrance to the Astrodome, the nation's largest homeless shelter, has become the newest red carpet location.
Jamie Foxx. Jada Pinkett Smith. Dr. Phil. Oprah. Anybody who's anybody is there."
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tyson to Offer Hurricane Survivors Jobs, Relocation Assistance
Wednesday September 14, 11:03 am ET
SPRINGDALE, Ark., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN - News), has taken the lead in the growing chorus of corporate philanthropy for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina by offering hundreds of jobs and more than $1 million in food and financial donations."
Will Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Leave Nation's Disaster-Recovery Groups Further at Risk? : ArriveNet Press Releases : Politics
Will Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Leave Nation's Disaster-Recovery Groups Further at Risk? : ArriveNet Press Releases : Politics: "Will Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Leave Nation's Disaster-Recovery Groups Further at Risk?
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Date : Wednesday, September 14, 2005
To: National Desk
Contact: James Spiegelman of The Aspen Institute, 202-736-3849
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In the wake of criticism surrounding the US Government's response to Hurricane Katrina, federal lawmakers will soon be making budget decisions that are likely to negatively impact the nation's charitable 'infrastructure' for years to come.
Federal programs of interest to nonprofit organizations - groups that often serve as the backbone of communities in times of crisis - will be cut between $40 billion and $71.5 billion over the next five years, according to a new analysis of the most recent presidential and congressional budget proposals. Private charitable giving would have to increase two to three times its current rate in order to offset the proposed reductions in housing, employment, education, and social services programs"
A few reflections on the ongoing drama of Hurricane Katrina ...
... The outpouring of generosity for the victims of Hurricane Katrina continues to amaze. It's heartwarming to see so many willingly pitch in to help strangers.
Yet those acts of generosity leave me wondering why it always seems to take bad news to get people on their best behavior. Sure, there's a fair amount of charitable giving throughout the year, but the giving does seem more spontaneous during a disaster."
After employee donations for Hurricane Katrina relief exceeded expectations, the SBC Foundation has doubled its cap for matching the gifts to $2 million.
The foundation, a charitable giving arm of San Antonio-based SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC), had originally agreed to match up to $1 million in employee donations."
5 Tips: How to make sure you're really giving to a charity.
Even before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, scammers were hard at work trying to get your charity dollars.
The FBI estimates there are over 2,300 Web sites dealing with aid for Hurricane Katrina victims. They suspect most of those sites to be fake. After Hurricane Katrina scammers are four times more prevalent than after September 11th, according to the watchdog site www.Scambusters.org.
Winner Gets Use Of Entire Historic Hotel For One Night
POSTED: 3:00 pm EDT September 13, 2005
BOSTON -- Here is your chance to host a sleepover for 500 of your closest friends and help victims of Hurricane Katrina at the same time.
One night at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire goes up for auction Wednesday on eBay."
ChoicePoint(R) Donates Technology to Assist Hurricane Katrina Victims: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance
ChoicePoint(R) Donates Technology to Assist Hurricane Katrina Victims: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "ChoicePoint(R) Donates Technology to Assist Hurricane Katrina Victims
Tuesday September 13, 8:45 pm ET
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ChoicePoint has answered the call for relief to Hurricane Katrina victims on Monday by donating more than $1 million in products and services to the American Red Cross. ChoicePoint is the provider of screening products to the Red Cross, using its expertise in background screening and fraud reduction to help the Red Cross verify the identities of people who have lost all personal identification and to ensure that the"
Diverting Donation Dollars
Updated: 6:28 AM Sep 14, 2005
With fundraisers, benefits, and telethons, the donations keep climbing.
In about two weeks time nearly $740 million in pledges are aiding hurricane relief efforts. Many are opening up their wallets, but some other charities are feeling left out.
'We had planned for 200 people to be here tonight, and we are at about 25,' says Dannelle Gay, motioning to several empty chairs in Madison's Westgate Mall. It is not the turnout Tupperware Bingo organizers expected. They were hoping to raise more money for breast cancer research."
By Elizabeth Williamson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 14, 2005; Page A25
More than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross said yesterday it has collected $610 million in donations and channeled about one-third to the stricken region, though it cannot yet say exactly how the money was spent.
The Red Cross donations account for 80 percent of the $788 million in hurricane relief contributions, a pace of giving greater than any in U.S. history, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which tracks post-disaster relief totals. In recent days, though, the volume of contributions has begun to slacken. That could present a problem for the Red Cross, which so far has raised about half of what the organization estimates it will need for hurricane relief, as well as for other charities."
By Sarbjit Dhaliwal-Tribune News Service
Sep 13, 2005, 23:36
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Sikhs settled in the US have been extending material and other help to Katrina-hit residents of New Orleans. Sikhs from all over the US have pooled in their resources to start a community kitchen to provide food to Katrina-hit residents.
Besides, they have also collected money to buy household goods such as bedding for the crisis-ridden people there."
By ERIC LIPTON
Published: September 13, 2005
SLIDELL, La., Sept. 12 - One team of men is bent over drills, driving mobile home anchors deep into the moist earth. Others are lifting cinder blocks that will be used to hold up the next set of identical beige homes that trucks, one after another, are bringing here.
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Agency says 91 cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to aiding survivors.
Hurricane Katrina survivors file into a Red Cross relief center
Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Say what you will about the federal and state governments' response to the Gulf Coast disaster; American citizens have proven once again that they know how to provide swift and abundant aid in the wake of catastrophe.
Ten days after Katrina
What position did Burt Reynolds play on the Florida State University football team?
ravaged the Gulf Coast, nonprofit organizations had received upward of $580 million from individual and corporate donors —"
Adam Hanft, chief executive, Hanft Unlimited, 09.12.05, 3:30 PM ET
NEW YORK - When does corporate philanthropy cross the line into exploitation? Should companies stop advertising during national catastrophes? Can a chief executive advance the public's interests and bolster his brand at the same time? How do consumers react to business as usual in an unusual time? "
When Good Will Is Also Good Business - New York Times: "When Good Will Is Also Good Business
By KATIE HAFNER and CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH
Published: September 14, 2005
Corporate good will in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been anything but run-of-the-mill."
Hurricane Katrina not only swept through the Gulf Coast, it exposed new questions for social investors: What does the size of a company's postdisaster donations say about its ethical performance? Do high gas prices mean a boom for alternative energy? The Monitor's Laurent Belsie invited two Boston-based experts to examine these questions: Robert Zevin, a pioneer of socially responsible investing and head of his own investment advisory firm, and Matthew Patsky, portfolio manager of the Winslow Green Growth Fund, which as of Aug. 31 had the best one-year, three-year, and 10-year record of any domestic equity fund tracked by SocialFunds.com. Here are edited excerpts:"
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center For the People & the Press, Blacks are twice as likely as Whites to know people directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. Consequently, Black giving and volunteering at an unprecedented rate, according to donor organizations."
Students affected by the hurricane can choose among hundreds of offers from schools nationwide
by Emily Wengert
As the relief and recovery effort in the wake of Hurricane Katrina progresses, victims and survivors cling to the important things in life as they try to return to normalcy. For thousands of displaced students enrolled at one of the 25+ colleges and universities now closed, that normalcy includes finding a way to refocus their energies back on their education. In a show of caring, more than 600 schools nationwide have offered to help by paying tuition, eliminating fees, offering online learning options, or creating special classes for"
Resources of the Week
By Shirl Kennedy, Deputy Editor
Unless you're made of stone, you've been deeply touched by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. And we information professionals tend to be a compassionate bunch by nature. Natually we want to help...and the most pragmatic thing to do, of couse, is give money. It's probably safe to say that we're all pretty much savvy enough not to open our wallets or whip out our credit cards without checking to make sure that the organization receiving our donations is legitimate. Unfortunately, in the wake of disasters of this magnitude, scams and scamsters abound. In the interest of getting this information in front of as many eyeballs as possible, this week we present a round-up of resources you can use to make sure your hard-earned dollars will get to those folks in such desperate need of help.
By Shailagh Murray
Tuesday, September 13, 2005; Page A25
The Senate this week may rush through a Katrina tax-relief package.
'These people need help,' said Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a co-author of the package. 'They need to know Congress is doing something, too.'"
Report: Donations from companies, customers exceed $500M; likely to top record $750M in 9/11 giving.
September 13, 2005: 8:44 AM EDT
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Corporate donations to help victims of Hurricane Katrina are now more than $400 million and could eventually exceed $1 billion, according to a published report.
USA Today, citing three organizations tracking corporate donations, said that corporate donations now stand at $409 million, with donations from the companies' customers adding another $138 million. That means corporate funds raised now stand at $547 million, close to the $565 million raised for tsunami relief after that Dec. 26, 2004, disaster"
PRESS RELEASE VolunteerMatch Connects Volunteers With Hurricane Relief Volunteer Opportunities: "VolunteerMatch Connects Volunteers With Hurricane Relief Volunteer Opportunities
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WHO: VolunteerMatch joins the world in mourning the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina, and is committed to helping channel desperately needed resources to the disaster areas. The volunteer response to Hurricane Katrina is unprecedented, and during this time of national crisis more people than ever are turning to VolunteerMatch to find ways to help.
WHAT: VolunteerMatch is the national, nonprofit service offering the most relevant and up-to-date volunteer resource available, and connecting volunteers with the nonprofits that need them."
"Second Harvest, which in non-disaster days supplies food to 50,000 food banks and charities across the country, had to turn down the 30 live pigs and two cows, he said. A donation of 50,000 can openers was gratefully accepted."
KSDK NewsChannel 5 - Where The News Comes First - Groups Helping In Katrina Relief Efforts Hope Donations Remain Steady After Storm
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updated: 9/12/2005 5:54:51 PM
By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: September 13, 2005
Donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina have come in at a blistering pace that exceeds that of other recent disasters, charities are saying.
Almost all of the money is going to the American Red Cross, in large part because other international relief and development organizations simply do not have significant operations in the United States. Some groups, like Oxfam and Mercy Corps, are now reassessing their long-held assumption that the federal government is equipped to handle American crises and are taking steps to help as well."
'People become more generous as disaster impacts people and the need becomes more visible,' she said. 'We saw that after 9/11, and we're seeing it now.'
Cabrera also said that the outpouring of funds for Katrina relief doesn't necessarily mean that there will be less of the pie for other charities."
CECP members are actively assisting with recovery efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. To facilitate information sharing, CECP members are asked to provide updates on their disaster relief efforts by providing press releases and program updates."
General Electric : Citizenship : GE is making the following donations to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
The Council on Foundations - Press Release=Grantmakers Respond with Hurricane Relief as Charitable Giving Exceeds $580M
The Council on Foundations - Press Release: "Grantmakers Respond with Hurricane Relief as Charitable Giving Exceeds $580M
Focus is on Long-Term as well as Short-Term Needs
Washington, DC (September 12, 2005) — Foundations and corporate grantmakers across the nation quickly mobilized to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, responding with money, in-kind donations and a wide variety of resources. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, corporations, foundations and wealthy individuals have donated more than $229 million. Council members have so far donated more than $140 million, including a pledge of $25 million from General Electric and $20 million in grants by The Lilly Endowment."
Through Safari Club International Foundation's myriad of humanitarian programs, SCIF members demonstrate the highest levels of philanthropy by directly reaching out to people in need throughout the world. Whether it involves feeding millions of hungry each year, offering free healthcare to impoverished communities, or introducing blind children to the wonders of wildlife, SCIF is committed to its charitable tenet of giving.
Hurricane Katrina Sportsmen-women Relief Fund –
Gulf State fish and game department resources are rapidly being depleted as a result of the utter destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. In response, the SCI Foundation has launched the Hurricane Katrina Sportsmen-women Relief Fund, a humanitarian effort by which sportsmen may do their part in helping victims in the Gulf States recover from the devastation recently inflicted by this powerful storm.
SBC - News Room-The SBC Foundation Assists Katrina Victims Through $1 Million in Support to the American Red Cross
New Grant Support Builds on SBC Companies Current Deployment of Free Communications Services Valued at More Than $4 Million Per Month
San Antonio, Texas, September 1, 2005
SBC Communications Inc. [NYSE: SBC] today announced that the SBC Foundation, its charitable giving arm, will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of contributions - up to a total corporate contribution of $1 million - by regular full-time employees and eligible retirees with funds directed to the American Red Cross. The money will aid emergency relief efforts in the affected communities along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and along the entire path of Katrina.
'When a disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina strikes, it touches us all, wherever we live,' said Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman and CEO of SBC Communications Inc. 'The disaster that we are witnessing is unprecedented. It demands an unprecedented response, and the SBC family is anxious to contribute.'"
Monday, September 12, 2005
Philanthropy Journal-Your online source for news about nonprofits, social issues, and policy change - newsarticle
Relief agency uses tech upgrade to handle surge in giving.
By Todd Cohen
In the months following the South Asia tsunami late last December, World Vision in Federal Way, Wash., received $55 million from 70,000 new U.S. donors in addition to existing donors who typically give $70 million during the same period."
U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Muslim Organization Pledges More than $1 Million...": "Muslim Organization Pledges More than $1 Million in Vouchers, Housing and Food to Hurricane Victims
9/12/2005 12:43:00 PM
To: National and State Desks
Contact: Rana Elmir of Life for Relief and Development, 248-424-7493 or email@example.com
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In an effort to combat the numbers of displaced survivors of Hurricane Katrina, LIFE for Relief and Development has pledged more than $1 million in vouchers to retail stores, housing and food.
LIFE has also partnered with the Islamic Circle of North America to provide 100 families affected by the hurricane with housing and food. Fifty of these families will be housed in Baton Rouge and the other 50 will be housed in Houston. LIFE will pay for rent, utilities and food for these families, an endeavor that will cost about $100,000 per month."
'The track record was really one of stupendous success,' said New York Attorney General Eliott Spitzer."
By Jim Spencer
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Call it compassion versus convolution. Call it charity versus business. Call it thinking versus overthinking.
Whatever you call it, the reactions of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado to Hurricane Katrina victims are as different as the images the two institutions have developed.
CSU, the putative 'agriculture school' because of its land-grant status, made things straight as a row plowed in a farmer's field. Any student enrolling from a Gulf Coast college closed by Katrina will pay no more for tuition than a Coloradan.
CU, the so-called 'flagship' school because of its presumed intellectual horsepower, came up with a system as hard to explain as its recently proposed 28 percent tuition increase.
CU will consider each of Katrina's victims on his or her ability to pay the school's out-of-state tuition, said university president Hank Brown. There is no guarantee they will get any help with the $20,000 bill."
New York Lawyer
September 9, 2005
By Thomas Adcock
New York Law Journal
Fifty lawyers experienced in emergency pro bono service after the terrorist attacks on Manhattan four years ago held a summit yesterday to begin planning organized aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina."
By: CHRIS BAGLEY - Staff Writer
The hurricane that flooded the homes and washed away the livelihoods of many Gulf Coast residents has also unleashed generosity from all corners of the nation. Southern Californians have dashed off checks to aid agencies, hauled food and clothing cross-country and are even sheltering refugees from that distant storm.
But local nonprofit groups worry that the response to the faraway disaster could dry up their usual sources of funding. Residents ---- and especially businesses ---- who contribute on disaster relief now might have to cut back on routine donations, directors of local charities said in interviews this week."
By LAUREN MCKAY and MEGAN BOUCHER
September 11, 2005
When fifth-grader Edward “Teddy” Porter saw the news coverage on Hurricane Katrina, he knew something had to be done.
Collecting change in a large bucket in the office of Blue Ridge Elementary School, Teddy spearheaded a coin drive to benefit the American Red Cross.
Teddy’s classmates have joined him in the campaign, “Dare to Care: Lending a Helping Hand,” donating their tooth-fairy money and allowances. So far, Teddy’s campaign has raised almost $300 for the American Red Cross"
Washington (Sept. 12, 2005) - The Internal Revenue Service said victims of Hurricane Katrina will have until Jan. 3, 2006 to file any returns, pay any taxes, or make any deposits due -- extending an earlier announced reprieve."
By Cynthia D. Webb
Dallas Business Journal
Updated: 8:00 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2005
Doing good costs.
North Texas nonprofits are caring for Hurricane Katrina victims with food, shelter, clothing and medical care. It's a commendable and worthy cause, but one that could empty coffers."
Americans tend to give more freely when they see victims as innocent, patterns show
By Jeffrey MacDonald
Religion News Service
Donations have been pouring in for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. For chronic problems, such as poverty, fundraisers find people are less generous if they see victims as responsible for their problems. (Lance Murphey/The Associated Press)
As Americans set new records for charitable giving in response to Hurricane Katrina, some fundraisers are seeing a principle confirmed: When the suffers are perceived as innocent victims, donors respond generously.
On the other hand, giving patterns suggest donors are losing patience with chronic problems such as poverty, in which suffering is arguably exacerbated by questionable choices. Private donations are shrinking for homeless shelters, AIDS-related services and programs for troubled youth, to cite just a few examples. "
Americans who want to give more than cash to help Katrina victims are using the Internet to send diapers, baseball gloves and CDs directly to the disaster area.
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By Lynn Harris
Sept. 10, 2005 |
Last Thursday, Karen Gurwitz drove all over Manhattan picking up boxes of baby clothes, formula, diapers and other goods from shower caps to baseball gloves. On Friday morning, two trucks -- their services donated -- filled with those offerings left for a hurricane shelter in Baton Rouge. Through word of mouth, mostly electronic, Gurwitz had collected donations from 150 people in under a week -- the busy week after Labor Day, no less. 'I made a financial contribution to the Red Cross, but it never feels like enough,' says Gurwitz, 36, founder of a meal delivery service called Mothers & Menus. 'I wanted to give something more tangible than my credit card number.'"
ATLANTA - Purchases made with debit cards issued to Hurricane Katrina evacuees by the federal government and other groups aren't exempt from Georgia's state sales taxes unless the goods they are used to buy - groceries, for example - already go untaxed, Georgia's revenue commissioner said Friday."
By Susan Page, USA TODAY 1 hour, 5 minutes ago
Charities, meet eBay. When Amy Krebs wanted to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, she went to the Web site of a group called Modest Needs, where people who had taken in displaced friends and relatives were posting requests for money to buy extra groceries, air mattresses and clothing."
Katrina: Americans again show their generosity, but most are specifying that gifts be used for hurricane relief.
through direct national hotline, website
INDIANAPOLIS, September 02, 2005 - Members of the nation’s largest veterans organization impacted by Hurricane Katrina can now apply directly to national headquarters for immediate relief cash grants from The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund (NEF).
Legionnaires can apply to receive up to $1500 to cover costs of food, shelter and clothing needed as the result of devastation created by the nation’s largest natural disaster that affected several Gulf Coast states"
By The Associated Press Sat Sep 10, 1:50 PM ET
A look at key numbers reflecting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:
_Deaths reported by state and local officials as of Saturday: