On January 18 the Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation, working with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, released an analysis of giving during the first five days since the earthquake in Haiti.
As of the 18th, $189.9 million had been donated to 43 organizations for relief efforts. This tracks with the five-day fundraising response to the 2004 Asian tsunamis and the 2005 hurricanes.
In 2006, the Giving USA Foundation reported that the previous year, American individuals, corporations, and foundations donated $7.37 billion for disaster relief in the aftermaths of the hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, the Asian tsunami, and an earthquake in Kashmir. An additional $1.17 billion was raised for hurricane relief in 2006.
Donations are sure to increase with the news of the aftershock Haiti experienced yesterday and with continuing media coverage of relief efforts on the island. Only time will tell if this year’s contributions for disaster relief will reach 2005-2006 levels.
The preceding is a guest post Bob Ottenhoff, Chief Executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. With an entrepreneurial spirit, strong technology focus, and a quest to make an impact in the world, Bob has the ability to take an organization and lead it into strong performance, sustainability, and industry leadership.