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September 11 donations hit $1 billion

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than $1 billion has been raised for the relief effort on the September 11 attacks, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. It has been five weeks since the attacks and while donations have slowed, some groups are still reporting steady contributions.

The Red Cross has received the most money. The relief agency reports approximately $452 million in giving. On-line donations topped $52 million in the first three weeks, but have totaled only about $2 million in the past two weeks. Red Cross chapters across the country report many single donations in excess of $5,000.

The September 11th fund, which was created by the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City, has raised $171 million. The September 11th Telethon Fund raised about $150 million and the United Way is overseeing its distribution.

Other agencies report donations in the millions as well. The Salvation Army has raised $35 million. Families for Freedom Scholarship fund, endorsed by Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, has raised $8.9 million. The money will go to help fund the education of children of victims of the attacks. Catholic Charities USA has raised $5 million.



 
 
 
 


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