Hurricane Sandy Relief Information
12/11/12, Submitted by Jo Ann Jenkins - President
Q 1: What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that
your organization has received to date in response to Hurricane Sandy?
A 1: As of Dec. 9, 2012, AARP Foundation has recorded $728,298 in donations from the
AARP and its affiliates have pledged a 100% match against contributions up to
$750,000, raising the total pledged amount to date to $1,456,596.
Q 2: Will these funds be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not,
approximately what portion will be used for Hurricane Sandy relief and
what other purposes will funds be used for?
A 2: Yes, the funds will be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief. AARP Foundation is
distributing all of the funds in the form of grants to the American Red Cross and
local charitable organizations to be used to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy to
secure (including but not limited to) necessary food, shelter and utility assistance.
All of the grant agreements specify that funds must be used for Sandy relief efforts
and any funds unused by the conclusion of the grant term must be returned to AARP
Q 3: Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
A 3: As of Dec. 11,2012, AARP Foundation has awarded $1,457,000 in grants to 45 charitable
organizations in the seven states hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Of this commitment,
19 organizations are based in New York and providing relief efforts to victims of the
storm in New York. The other 26 organizations are in Connecticut, New Jersey,
Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, or work in multiple affected states.
Please see also the answer to Question 5, below.
Q 4: What services has your organization provided to those affected by Hurricane
Sandy? What populations or geographical areas are being served by your
organization in response to Hurricane Sandy? What services does it expect to
provide in the future?
A 4: AARP Foundation is not providing and does not expect to provide direct services to
those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As mentioned above, AARP Foundation established the
AARP Foundation Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund, and will grant all of the funds raised
to select charitable organizations working to support victims and communities impacted
by the storm, especially organizations dedicated to serving older adults. Grants have
been awarded to the American Red Cross to support its relief work in the affected
states and to local charitable organizations in seven states: Connecticut, New Jersey,
New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island.
AARP Foundation is supporting a diverse group of local community organizations
providing a broad range of services to those in need and in particular, the vulnerable
50+. AARP Foundation focused on giving grants to organizations that could help meet
the basic needs of those affected in four areas: hunger, housing, income and personal
connection. The charitable organizations AARP Foundation selected in New York serve a
broad geographic area that includes Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and
Nassau and Suffolk counties. Some of these organizations are focusing on short-term
relief and providing immediate needs such as food, water, etc. Other organizations are
focusing on potential long term support such as legal services. Specific examples of
these organizations' work range from helping seniors in a low income apartment complex
in Port Richmond, Staten Island clean up the mold and mildew from flooded apartments,
to bringing in benefits specialists to hard-hit communities to screen clients for
eligibility in public assistance programs.
Q 5: Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
Sandy relief efforts? If so, which organizations have received those funds
and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does
your organization determine the need for funding?
A 5: Yes. AARP Foundation has provided funding, in the form of grants, to the American Red
Cross and local charitable organizations in seven states for hurricane Sandy relief
efforts. Grantees were identified based on the extent of the impact they are making in
helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. Organizations were awarded grant amounts
commensurate with the breadth and scope of the relief efforts they are providing.
After the organization is identified, AARP Foundation thoroughly vets the potential
grantee through third-party resources such as GuideStar and Lexis-Nexis to ensure that
each organization is a Section 501(c)(3) charity in good standing before a grant is
awarded. The organizations funded and amounts awarded are listed in the table below.
The New York charitable organizations include:
Medicare Rights Center $5,000 (paid)
Hispanic Federation $5,000 (paid)
Asian American Federation $10,000 (paid)
Met Council on Poverty $10,000 (paid)
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island $20,000 (pledged)
City Meals on Wheels $25,000 (paid)
Senior Housing Resource Corp. $5,000 (pledged)
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens $50,000 (pledged)
Volunteers of Legal Services $10,000 (paid)
Council of Senior Centers and Services $20,000 (paid)
Food Bank for NYC $25,000 (paid)
Urban League of NYC $5,000 (pledged)
NAACP of NY $5,000 (pledged)
The New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund, Inc $50,000 (pledged)
New York City Police Foundation $50,000 (paid)
Make the Road New York $5,000 (pledged)
City Harvest $20,000 (pledged)
Legal Services for New York City $10,000 (pledged)
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services $10,000 (pledged)
In addition to the charitable organizations in New York, AARP Foundation has also
provided grants to the following organizations:
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc., Stamford ($10,000/pledged)
St. Stephens' Food Pantry, Bridgeport ($12,000/paid)
Community Dining Room, Branford ($5,000/pledged)
Connecticut Food Bank ($30,000/pledged)
Salvation Army of Connecticut ($5,000/paid)
United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund ($20,000/pledged)
Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut ($10,000/pledged)
American Red Cross: Delmarva Region ($5,000/paid)
Garret County Community Action Committee, Inc. ($5,000/paid)
Maintaining Active Citizens (MAC), Area Agency on Aging ($5,000/paid)
Food Research and Action Center, Inc. ($50,000/paid)
Community Food Bank of New Jersey ($85,000/paid)
The Salvation Anny of New Jersey ($75,000/paid)
Catholic Charities - Trenton Diocese ($50,000/paid)
Toms River Police Foundation ($50,000/pledged)
The New Jersey Police Chiefs Foundation ($50,000/paid)
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services ($10,000/pledged)
Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services ($10,000/pledged)
South Jersey Legal Services ($10,000/pledged)
Stroudsburg Rotary Foundation ($5,000/paid)
World Vision ($5,000/pledged)
Serve Rhode Island ($5,000/paid)
The Salvation Anny, Providence Corps ($5,000/pledged)
American Red Cross ($500,000/paid)
Meals on Wheels Association of America ($50,000/paid)
Feeding America ($50,000/paid)
Q 6: Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial
assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief?
If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization
has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance
does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization
determine the need for assistance?
A 6: No. AARP Foundation has not and does not intend to provide direct financial assistance
to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief. AARP Foundation
makes grants exclusively to qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. For the AARP
Foundation Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund, grants are made only to organizations
directly assisting the victims of the hurricane.
Q 7: Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds
not spent for Hurricane Sandy relief? If so, please describe that plan.
A 7: At this time, AARP Foundation has no surplus funds. We do have a plan for the
distribution of any surplus funds that may be generated from fundraising going
forward. AARP Foundation intends to use all of the funds raised for Hurricane Sandy
relief, as the Foundation recognizes its responsibility to donors to use the funds for
the purpose for which they were solicited. Any surplus funds remaining after the
original grants are awarded will be given to charitable organizations in the form of
grants to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy, in the same manner as the original
funds were granted (as described above). All of the grant agreements specify that
funds must be used for Sandy relief efforts and any funds unused by the expiration of
the grant term must be returned to AARP Foundation. These funds will then be
redistributed to other charitable organizations for Sandy relief efforts.