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In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, 1,339 foundations and corporations gave more than $1.1 billion in grants for relief efforts, a new report says.

“September 11: The Philanthropic Response,” an effort by the Foundation Center to catalog the activities of the philanthropic sector following the tragedy, provides a complete list of funders and the 4,542 gifts they made plus an in-depth analysis of that giving.

Institutional donors, such as foundations and corporations, gave 39 percent of the $2.8 billion in private giving, with 301 groups giving more than $1 million, and the median gift totaling $100,000, the study says.

Corporations and their affiliated foundations gave about $722 million, or 65 cents of each dollar given, followed by independent and family foundations, which gave $316 million, or almost 30 cents of each dollar.

By region, foundations and corporations in the area closest to ground zero gave the most, with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut providing a total of 52 cents of every dollar given.

The largest single institutional donor was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which gave 135 gifts totaling $50.5 million, the report says, followed by the Lilly Endowment, which made four grants totaling $34.7 million.

ExxonMobil Foundation was the largest corporate giver, with its 10 gifts totaling $16.3 million, while Citigroup Foundation made 20 gifts totaling $15.2 million.

The largest recipients of institutional dollars were the 278 relief funds created to re-grant money to victims and their families, with donations totaling $773 million, the report says.

The largest single recipient was the September 11th Fund of the United Way of New York City/New York Community Trust, receiving $163 million, followed by the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund, with $150 million.

More than 1,500 direct-service providers that were affected by the disaster received a total of $235 million, with arts and culture group in the lead at $56 million, followed by local human services groups providing direct aid to victims and families receiving $55.

The full report can be downloaded from foundationcenter.org.

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