News Report: Sept. 11 Fund Gave Money to Arts Groups
The fund, which raised $337 million, was set up after the attacks by nonprofits United Way of New York City and New York Community Trust. Upon the fund's creation, the organizations said that 100 percent of all donations would go to the relief effort. Organizations receiving September 11th Fund money include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Works dance troupe and Mother's Voices AIDS awareness program, according to the Daily News.
It is unclear whether donor backlash will force the fund's organizers to reconsider their broad definition of relief efforts. The American Red Cross recently had to abandon a plan to use Sept. 11 donations for alternative purposes, such as relief for potential future terrorist attacks, after the government and the public came out strongly against the idea.