State AG to monitor Sandy-related fundraising by Brooklyn non-profit

November 30, 2012 The Daily Eagle
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New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman this week sent letters to 75 non-profits requesting information on their fundraising and relief activities related to Hurricane Sandy.

In an effort to promote transparency and donor confidence, and to ensure that funds raised for Sandy relief are properly used, the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau will compile this information and report it online.

Because Sandy hit many Brooklyn neighborhoods very hard, from Red Hook to Gerritsen Beach, many of the charities he’s monitoring are Brooklyn-based.

Some of these include the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens and Red Hook Initiative. Others are broader-based in scope but have a strong presence in Brooklyn, such as UJA-Federation, the Salvation Army, the AARP Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and City Harvest.

“Our office commends all of the charities, and their volunteers and donors, who have come to the assistance of New Yorkers after Hurricane Sandy,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “In light of the importance of the recovery efforts, and the enormous amount of money raised in such a short period of time, it is critical that donors know where their money is going, and that funds are spent responsibly.”

The letter sent to charities asks for certain basic information, including:

• The amount raised and spent to date for Hurricane Sandy relief;
• Whether donations will be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief;
• The services provided to date to those affected by Hurricane Sandy;
• Whether the charity is providing funding to other organizations, or making direct financial grants to individuals, families or businesses;
• What the charity plans to do with any surplus funds. 

Information obtained from the responses will be made available on the Attorney General’s website. In addition to promoting transparency, this information will also assist relief organizations in coordinating their delivery of service.

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