The amount of money donated for aid and assistance to the people of Haiti after the earthquake by Americans, individuals, foundations and corporations totals at least $333 million. That sum is dwarfed by the money donated at this same time interval for the SE Asian tsunami and for Hurricane Katrina.
The American economy is far less robust than it was in late 2004 and 2005. Donations for Haiti relief made by Americans, individuals, foundations and corporations, are lagging the amounts raised after Hurricane Katrina and the SE Asian tsunami.
Comparisons between the American fund raising results for Haitian earthquake relief and the efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami are inevitable. Here are the current results as recorded on this site.
This is today’s update for fund raising numbers for the relief of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The subtotal reflects the sum of American individual donations, corporate donations and donations from foundations.
We have been tracking, through the media and on the Net, the dollars that Americans are donating for the Haiti relief effort. It is not an exact science. The latest PDF file listing what we have found is at this link.
The record keeping is not intended to be complete, but only to illustrate the giving that Americans routinely do when there is a disaster. Our numbers will not tie to totals from other sources because we are just producing a snapshot of the outpouring of donations.