Give2Asia Final Report on Sichuan Earthquake Marks 2-Year Disaster Anniversary

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Two years ago today, a massive earthquake centered in Sichuan Province destroyed entire towns, knocked down homes and public buildings, and left 87,000 people dead and 5.5 million homeless. Give2Asia, a leading U.S. philanthropic services nonprofit, organized the second largest US donor response to this disaster, and is releasing a final report today on the US$16.6 million invested by its community in 56 different projects to help survivors.

Two years ago today, a massive earthquake centered in Sichuan Province destroyed entire towns, knocked down homes and public buildings, and left 87,000 people dead and 5.5 million homeless. Give2Asia, a leading U.S. philanthropic services nonprofit, organized the second largest US donor response to this disaster, and is releasing a final report today on the US$16.6 million invested by its community in 56 different projects to help survivors.

Give2Asia’s final report for the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake provides overviews of the projects funded by Give2Asia’s community. The report can be downloaded at http://www.give2asia.org/sichuanreport.

During the initial response, Give2Asia funded six projects with budgets totaling $1,548,786, which provided emergency supplies, including thousands of tents, as well as instant food, powdered milk, tarps, water, and purifying tablets to communities across Sichuan Province. During the recovery phase, funding has helped more than 340,000 displaced people, built eight permanent schools, and supported rebuilding and recovery for 3,000 households.

“The Sichuan Earthquake in 2008 changed the way we think about philanthropy for China. The impact of private donors was not only measurable, but also critical to efforts to help those whose lives were destroyed by the quake,” said Dr. Carter Tseng, a Give2Asia trustee and Chair of Give2Asia’s China Earthquake Committee. “On behalf of all of Give2Asia’s trustees and staff, I would like to thank everyone who made a contribution to the relief and recovery.”

Give2Asia focused most of its efforts on supporting local charitable groups based in China with staff on the ground in the affected communities. In total, the projects supported the work of 39 different organizations, with several groups receiving grants for multiple projects.

The report also recognizes 43 organizations, funds and donors who fundraised and/or carried out advised grantmaking with Give2Asia to support survivors of the disaster. Finally, a list of every contributor to the Give2Asia China Earthquake Relief & Recovery Fund is recognized in a separate attachment to the report found at http://www.give2asia.org/sichuandonors.

The anniversary of the 2008 earthquake comes less than a month after a destructive quake in Qinghai Province, which also leveled entire towns and killed over 1,000 people. Give2Asia is responding to this latest disaster with a fund for donors to help local charitable groups with recovery efforts over the next several months.

About Give2Asia
Give2Asia (http://www.give2asia.org) promotes charitable giving by providing personalized philanthropic services for individuals, foundations and corporations. Founded by The Asia Foundation, with more than 50 years of grantmaking experience in the Asia-Pacific region, Give2Asia helps overcome the common challenges associated with giving overseas and has made possible more than US$130 million in giving since launching in 2001.

U.S. & International Media Contact

Cissy DeLuca
Give2Asia
San Francisco headquarters
fdeluca(at)give2asia.org
1.415.655.4852

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