Storm donors dug deeper

Nine in 10 donors who gave to Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts report those gifts were in addition to their normal charitable donations, a new study says.

The survey, conducted by the New York City-based Conference Board, included more than 5,000 households from throughout the U.S.

More than three in four families say they made charitable donations in 2005., and more than six in 10 of those say they designated money for hurricane relief.

More than one in three gave more than $100, while a similar number gave $26 to $99, and slightly fewer gave less than $25, the survey says.

While only slightly more than one in 10 donors report working for companies with matching gift programs, more than seven in 10 of those who do took advantage of their employers’ generosity.

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