Who Gets Your Donation?

More than $600 million has poured in, but now comes the hard part--finding the worthiest people

Americans, always generous to victims of tragedy, may have outdone themselves this time. In less than three weeks, they hurled nearly $600 million in cash, checks and pledges at more than 100 charitable funds for those whose lives were shattered on Sept. 11. The total is far more than any other relief effort in history--enough to give about $97,000 to the family of each of the 6,193 dead or missing. Collecting money in this crisis, it turns out, is easy. The hard part is figuring out where it should go. Relief agencies ranging from the United Way to dozens of upstarts...

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