AG: Charities raise $400M for Sandy relief

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Eighty-eight charities have raised about $400 million for superstorm Sandy relief, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reported Thursday.

Five nonprofit organizations have raised the bulk of the funds, led by the American Red Cross with $188 million, the attorney general said.

The Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty group, is second with $67 million, followed by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City ($45 million), the Empire State Relief Fund ($15 million) and the Salvation Army ($14 million).

Schneiderman’s office oversees charities. Last month, his office fired off letters to dozens of nonprofit groups asking them to outline how much they have raised, what portion of money raised will go to expenses, what services will be provided and how will they use any surplus funds.

Full texts of the responses can be found at: www.charitiesnys.com/fundraising_and_spending.jsp

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Photo: Robert Connolly, left, embraces his wife, Laura, as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents that burned to the ground in Breezy Point during superstorm Sandy.
 

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