The unprecedented outpouring of charitable support that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prompted the Foundation Center to launch a multiyear effort to track relief and recovery funding by foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors. Our goal early on was to document the philanthropic response as it was happening so that grantmakers and charities could better identify unmet needs, and to help the field respond to questions from the media, government officials, and the general public. Over the longer term, our goal is to provide a definitive record of the response that will help the philanthropic sector identify its successes and lessons learned, so that it can respond even more effectively to future disasters.
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