Disaster-relief donors seen giving more

Forty-three percent of U.S. residents donated cash to fund international disaster-relief efforts over the past two years, and 72 percent plan to donate the same or more to those causes in 2011, a new poll says.

Of those who donated, 87 percent gave to relief efforts related to the earthquake in Haiti, with the Chilean earthquake and tsunami attracted the second-most support, or 22 percent of respondents.

According to the national poll, commissioned by MoneyGram International and fielded by Opinion Research Corp., 48 percent of respondents cited “impact on children” as the top reason they gave to international relief efforts.

Twenty-seven percent of men and women ages 18 to 34 said they would give more to international relief efforts in 2011, compared to 23 percent of respondents ages 18 to 44, and only 8 percent of those ages 45 and older.

Haiti was the leading relief effort among 95 percent of respondents ages 18 to 35, and among 80 percent of respondents ages 45 and older.

Since 2009, the Haiti earthquake disaster was the top relief effort among 96 percent of Hispanics, 94 percent of blacks and 84 percent of whites.

“It’s encouraging to learn that in spite of the recession and high unemployment rates, caring for our overseas neighbors affected by disaster remains very important to those in the U.S.,” Dan O’Malley, executive vice president of the Americas at MoneyGram International, says in a statement.”

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