Robin Hood Responds
Sandy: One Year Later

 

 SEE THE full list of GRANTS                                                                                                    *As of FEB. 25, 2014

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated the tri-state area, resulting in the loss of life and damaging hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.  Even before the rain subsided, Robin Hood went into action, organizing a Relief Fund that would allow us to meet the challenges that lay ahead. 

The Robin Hood Relief Fund has received more than $74.7 million* in contributions (the majority of which came from the historic 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief), and every dollar has been granted to hundreds of organizations in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut.  We were humbled by the outpouring of support from people all around the world, and we work to ensure that every dollar we receive goes back into the communities that need help.

Though much work remains to be done, we are encouraged by all that has been accomplished thus far, thanks to the dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations —working together— to help their neighbors in need.  

Stories of Strength

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Your Donations

Robin Hood was entrusted with more than $74.7 million in contributions from generous donors in all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide. A top priority for our Relief Committee was to get all the funds out as soon as possible. Scroll through the past few months to see when the money was raised, and when it was granted to organizations helping individuals and communities rebuild. For a full list of grants click here.

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THE IMPACT

DAYS AFTER

Team Rubicon, an volunteer organization comprised
of veterans, was on the ground in

storm-ravaged areas.

WEEKS AFTER

Leo of the Broad Channel Atheltic Club helped
distribute funds to those in need in
his community.

MONTHS AFTER

Kaneisha and her family got a new home thanks to
Monmouth County's Affordable Housing Alliance.


SANDY: BY THE NUMBERS

The scale of the devastation that Sandy inflicted was tremendous. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the storm caused upwards of $80 billion in damages and affected an area the size of Western Europe. It was a full-blown catastrophe and we knew that our relief efforts had to be just as big. 

 

OUR APPROACH


TRUSTED PARTNERS

When the storm hit, we knew that the organizations we'd traditionally funded for poverty-fighting work would already be on the ground helping victims of the storm.  We made sure they had the money right away —providing $3 million to more than 75 organizations in just a few days.


DATA ANALYSIS

While the storm affected a wide range of families and towns, the Relief Fund Committee was most concerned with those on the brink of poverty prior to the storm. We worked with analysts from McKinsey & Company to map the areas of greatest damage and storm surge in combination with the neighborhoods that had the lowest income levels to see where the need was the greatest. 
 


HYPER-LOCAL

In order to ensure that all the donations would be allocated effectively Robin Hood partnered with self-organized volunteer groups, community-based organizations and municipal governments in towns throughout the tri-state area.


HOUSING

In New Jersey alone, more than 72,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. And without stable shelter, storm victims had even harder time getting back on their feet. So the majority of Robin Hood funds have been devoted to housing, including rental assistance, new construction, repairs, mold remediation, and moving fees.


RAPID RESPONSE

With so many families left out in the cold with nowhere to turn, we knew we had to move fast. The Robin Hood Relief Fund Committee met nearly every week -- 17 times in five months -- to provide guidance and review grant applications. By April 2013 – just six months after the storm -- we had allocated over $70 million to nearly 400 different organizations. SEE THE FULL LIST OF GRANTS