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Disasters and Donations

As fans arrived to watch the University of Maryland football team play Clemson on Sept. 10, 2005, student-athletes collected donations to the American Red Cross's relief fund for Hurricane Katrina victims.
As fans arrived to watch the University of Maryland football team play Clemson on Sept. 10, 2005, student-athletes collected donations to the American Red Cross's relief fund for Hurricane Katrina victims. (By Doug Pensinger -- Getty Images)
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Americans open their hearts and wallets after disasters, but the scale of the suffering is not the only thing that determines their generosity. Several other factors, including their sense of connection to the events, determines how people respond to natural disasters such as the cyclone last week in Burma.

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Americans'

Disaster

Death toll

contributions

2001 terror attacks2,973$2.2 billion
2004 tsunami216,000$1.8 billion
2005 hurricanes1,810$3.3 billion

SOURCES: Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University,

Chronicle of Philanthropy, Associated Press


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