There are overwhelming moments in our city’s history that are too big for any one person or organization to tackle. As New Yorkers, we always come together in times of tragedy to help our neighbors in need. While we had never conducted relief efforts, in the wake of 9/11, we were compelled to act. Applying the same analytic rigor and precision that defines our grant-making, we created the Relief Fund, which provided $65 million to the families of victims of 9/11, and was reactivated following Hurricane Sandy, and distributed nearly $82 million.


In the days following 9/11, we created a relief fund focused on assisting the families of those killed, first responders, and low-income New Yorkers who were directly impacted. In October, just five weeks after the attacks, we held the Concert for New York, which was one of the most successful fund-raising concerts in history. Ultimately, the Relief Fund provided $65 million to those suffering from that painful day.

Hurricane Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy devastated our city and the surrounding areas, we have allocated nearly $82 million to relief efforts, making us the second-largest Sandy-related charity in the country, after the American Red Cross. In 2016, we allocated $6 million to assist families still trying to recover from the storm through rental assistance, legal aid, and other critical services for those whose homes – and lives – have yet to be rebuilt.

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