Monday, March 07, 2005 - National News - National News: "Giving trickles off
Americans are estimated to have donated nearly $1B for tsunami relief, but rate of giving has slowed

STAFF WRITER. Staff writer Tina Susman contributed to this story.

March 7, 2005

Two months after horrifying images of the Dec. 26 tsunami spread round the world, Americans have donated $940 million to organizations responding to the disaster in southern Asia, but the pace of donations appears to have slowed.

Add medical supplies and other gifts, valued at more than $117 million, and the estimate, from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, rises to approximately $1 billion as of Feb. 25.

Gauges of non-government contributions vary, so, for example, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a publication that tracks charities, put its estimate at $745 million, based on a Feb. 10 survey of at least 20 disaster-relief organizations. An update is expected as early as this week."

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