Post-hurricane donors show record generosity

Near $3 billion given
The outpouring of private charity to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and two sister storms now ranks as the most generous in American history, surpassing donations after September 11, according to researchers who track philanthropy.

Americans have donated about $2.97 billion to families affected by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, said Patrick Rooney, director of research at the University of Indiana’s Center on Philanthropy.

That surpasses the $2.8 billion donated after the terrorist attacks of 2001, he said.


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