September 11th Fund Reaches $89 Million

Leading Corporations Join National Effort of United Way of New York City and

The New York Community Trust ... 1-800-710-8002

Sep 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from United Way of New York City

    NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Donations pledged to the September 11th
 Fund, created by United Way and The New York Community Trust to help respond
 to the immediate and longer-term needs of the victims, their families and
 communities affected by the events of September 11, have surpassed $89 million
 since the tragedy.
     This is an increase of nearly $30 million in three days and is in large
 part due to the generosity and support of major corporations and foundations
 throughout the world, some of which have agreed to match employee
 contributions to the fund, as well.  They include:
      Lilly Endowment                      $10,000,000
      Microsoft                             10,000,000
      Atlantic Philanthropies               10,000,000
      IBM                                    5,000,000
      Vivendi Universal                      5,000,000
      New York Life Foundation               3,000,000
      HCA                                    2,000,000
      Siemens                                2,000,000
      Avaya                                  1,500,000
      Abbott Laboratories                    1,000,000
      Bank of America                        1,000,000
      Blockbuster Inc.                       1,000,000
      EDS                                    1,000,000
      Home Depot                             1,000,000
      Interactive Brokers Group LLC          1,000,000
      RBC Financial Group                    1,000,000
      Starbucks                              1,000,000
      Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide    1,000,000
      Swiss Reinsurance                      1,000,000
      The Limited Inc.                       1,000,000
      Unisys                                 1,000,000
      Verity                                 1,000,000
      Williams Gas Pipeline                  1,000,000
     United Way of New York City and The New York Community Trust are
 working with city, state and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit
 organizations to determine where and when the funds will be distributed.  All
 contributions -- 100 percent of each donation -- will be applied to provide
 needed help.
     More than 50,000 pledges, totaling approximately $7.6 million, have been
 made via the Internet alone.
     All financial contributions, including those from outside the United
 States, can be made as follows:
      Hotline:     1-800-710-8002
                   (Website with secure area for credit card donations)
      Mail:        Make checks payable to "United Way September 11th Fund"
                   United Way of New York City
                   2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 U.S.A.
      Interviews:  Ralph Dickerson, Jr., President, United Way of New York City
                   Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Senior Vice President and Chief
                    Executive for Agency Services, United Way of New York City
                   Lorie Slutsky, President & Director, The New York Community
                   Joyce Bove, Vice President of Program and Projects, The New
                    York Community Trust
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SOURCE United Way of New York City