Organization Breaks Down Flood Grant Donations - WSMV News 4

Organization Breaks Down Flood Grant Donations

Updated: April 25, 2011
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Many people have donated to flood relief efforts since last May, but it hasn't always been clear exactly where that money went or who benefited.


Since last year, the Community Foundation of Nashville has received about $14 million in donations specifically for flood victims. More than $10 million of that has been handed out to people in need.


Now, with a few clicks of the mouse, it's easy to find out who received it.


On Monday, the Community Foundation rolled out a website showing a breakdown of every single organization that has received a flood grant.


Click on the tab that reads "Where is the money going?" In that section, there's a link to a detailed chart that lists every organization that received a grant and how that money was spent.

Beside the organization, which county was served and how the money was to be used can be seen.

In all, there are 18 different categories. Rebuilding costs, mortgage assistance, new appliances and food are just a few of the things that the money was spent on.


For example, the Nashville Red Cross received about $100,000. It used more than half of that -- about $70,000 -- helping rebuild homes.


There were $5,000 spent replacing household items such as furniture and bedding, and another $5,000 went toward rental assistance and mortgage help.


That still leaves about $20,000 that the Red Cross hasn't given out yet.


There are some items that may not make sense at first blush: For example, more than $100,000 of the money donated went toward child care. Those dollars were spent on day care for flood victims. By alleviating that monthly expense, they were able to buy other basic necessities that were destroyed.


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