Thursday, June 02, 2005

Americans and Tsunami Response: New Survey Results

Americans and Tsunami Response: New Survey Results: "Americans and Tsunami Response: New Survey Results
Americans responded eagerly to the tragic December 2004 tsunami. Boston University students release results of a survey that studies how Americans learned of the devastation, how much they gave and how effective they believe their donations were.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 2, 2005 -- The unprecedented devastation in the Indian Ocean in the closing days of 2004 created an international call for aid and charitable donations. Americans responded by the millions. A new survey designed and fielded by students at Boston University's College of Communication explores how Americans responded and finds that 46% -- nearly half -- of adults gave an average of $174 per household to help tsunami aid efforts. All told, Americans donated nearly $1.5 billion in private aid, according to an InterAction report released in May.

This student-led study examined five different elements of America's response to the tsunami:

- Donor demographics. Surprisingly, a younger, less affluent group of donors rose to fund tsunami aid than normally participate in charitable giving. For example, the youngest donors gave an average of $324 each, nearly five times that of the oldest donors."


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