Americans have given nearly as much to charities in the eleven weeks since Hurricane Katrina as they did in the entire two years after Nine-Eleven.
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University says the hurricane total already has reached $2.65 billion. The group says within the next couple of weeks the total should surpass the $2.8 billion contributed after the attacks.
The center's research director says this is "a staggering amount of money" that shows the depths of people's generosity. Patrick Rooney says the giving is even more remarkable, coming just months after all the money donated for tsunami relief.
Rooney says any charitable-giving fatigue should be relatively short-lived. He says United Way and other groups across the country may see a slow start to their annual campaigns, but they should recover by the end of the drives.