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Impact of September 11th attacks on American charities?

Impact of September 11th attacks on American charities?

Writing for SocietyGuardian, Nick Cater looks at the impact of the response to the attacks of September 11th 2001 has had on American charities.

Despite the massive public and corporate donations to many of the charities involved in the relief effort following the disasters of September 11th last year, Nick Cater argues that American charities have not emerged well from the past year.

He reports a survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy which found that “42% of Americans said they had less confidence in charities because of how they handled 9/11 (19% had more confidence, 34% were unchanged), and 29% said they would be less likely to contribute to any charity because of how disaster donations were handled (54% unchanged, 15% more likely to give).”

American charities, argues Cater, were very good at generating funds and volunteers. However, they were “poorer at coordination, found it very hard to gear up to this completely unexpected emergency and slow to respond to the intense public scrutiny or understand demands for greater accountability and transparency.”

Read “Why 9/11 was a disaster for charities” by Nick Cater at SocietyGuardian.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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