NEW YORK (AP) — Charities in New York state have raised more than $400 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the state attorney general said.
A survey of 88 nonprofit groups by the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that as of mid-December, the fundraising for storm victims had been dominated by five charities, led by The American Red Cross at $188 million, the Robin Hood Foundation at $67 million and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City at $45 million.
The Empire State Relief Fund raised another $15.4 million, and the Salvation Army's eastern U.S. division raised $14.3 million.
Donors can go to the attorney general's website to see how those organizations and 83 others say they intend to spend that money.
Schneiderman said regulators will be following up with the groups to get more information about the services they have provided.
"The generosity of the public and the hard work of charities in response to Hurricane Sandy is inspiring. As we continue to monitor charitable activities related to Sandy relief, it is essential that nonprofit organizations operate in the most transparent way possible," Schneiderman said in a statement Thursday.
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