NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2010) — "Hope for Haiti Now" (HFHN) today announced the allocation of the remaining $31 million—of the $66 million in total—raised through the Emmy‐nominated telethon "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief." The $31 million will be distributed in two payments to partner organizations including Oxfam America, Partners In Health, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yelé Haiti Foundation, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund that are focused on recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. The first payment was made on Friday, July 2 and the second payment will be in December 2010, following an assessment of the effectiveness of the funds' use.
"Nearly six months after the devastating earthquake, more than 1.5 million people remain homeless as the rainy season brings flooding and increases the spread of disease throughout the country," said George Clooney. "This money will help with rebuilding efforts. We are extremely grateful to all those who donated so generously, and hope we can keep the people of Haiti front and center in the minds of the American public—their road to a full recovery is a long one."
In May, Oxfam America, Partners In Health, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Yelé Haiti Foundation submitted proposals for the second round of funding. After an intensive review process and guidance from the HFHN Advisory Committee and The Bridgespan Group, a management consulting group that advises non‐profits; the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the 501(c)(3) organization providing pro bono philanthropic support and HFHN are allocating the final $31 million as follows:
"The devastation in Haiti after the earthquake is on a scale none of us have ever witnessed," Partners in Health Co‐Founder Paul Farmer noted. "Partners In Health is committed to the longterm rebuilding of a sound public health system, including infrastructure, medical education and training, and, of course, continuing to care for patients, as we have done for nearly three decades. We are grateful to Hope for Haiti Now for their generous support of Haiti and of our work, which is helping to make this ambitious and necessary undertaking possible."
The first installment of $35 million was distributed on February 5, 2010 to partner organizations Oxfam America, Partners In Health, the American Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, and Yelé Haiti Foundation, and focused on immediate disaster relief. HFHN and EIF monitored the use of distributed funds through reports, site visits, and interviews with the partner organizations' staff.
EIF, MTV Networks and George Clooney, the telethon's principal organizer, are committed to ensuring that the donated funds are successfully put to use in Haiti. All partner organizations are required to meet the highest standards of transparency, accountability and effectiveness. Each organization will keep reporting regularly to HFHN on how the funds are being used on the ground in Haiti. Field reports and real‐time updates are provided to keep the public informed of the progress of relief and recovery efforts. The impact of immediate assistance will continue to be closely monitored and assessed each month.
"Our partner organizations continue to do critical work that honors the compassion and selflessness of people around the world who donated so generously to Hope for Haiti Now, as well as all the good citizens of Haiti." said MTV Networks Chairman and CEO Judy McGrath.
The Advisory Committee has global and domestic expertise in four key areas: philanthropy/foundation governance and grant‐making, nonprofit oversight, disaster response and Haiti relief. The Committee’s members are:
"Tens of thousands of Haitian families are still homeless and living in over 1,200 makeshift tent camps in Port‐au‐Prince. With the rainy season underway and another hurricane season upon us, it's a race against time to build new homes. Insufficient medical care, clean water, food and sanitation remain urgent problems, while jobs must be created so parents can provide for their families long‐term," said Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Director Brian Concannon, one of the advisory committee members with extensive experience working in Haiti.
The Bridgespan Group, a 501(c)(3) management consulting firm for non‐profits, developed the criteria used by the Advisory Committee to evaluate each beneficiary’s funding request that included:
In terms of the criteria for funds to be used specifically for recovery and rebuilding, the partner organizations each had to demonstrate a capacity to execute effective, sustainable and lasting long‐term recovery efforts, as evidenced by:
"HFHN has a duty to the public to ensure that donations are used responsibly and effectively," said Advisory Committee Member Steven G. Gunderson, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. "The goal of this philanthropy is, in a nutshell, to help Haiti build back better and stronger than before. On‐going follow‐up on and evaluation of how the funds are being used is the best way to make good on that commitment, and HFHN is pursuing both rigorously," he said.
The "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon aired on January 22, 2010 and featured 24 performers in Los Angeles, New York and London, as well as over 100 celebrity participants answering phones and taking donations. The telethon was broadcast on 60 networks in 100 countries and viewed by 83 million people around the world. "Hope for Haiti Now" has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. The telethon was produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom's MTV Networks and George Clooney.
For George Clooney:
Stan Rosenfield, 310.407.3444, stan@sra‐pr.com
For Oxfam America:
Liz Lucas, 617.728.2575, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Partners In Health:
Andrew Marx, 617.998.8977, email@example.com
For United Nations World Food Programme:
Bettina Luescher, 646.556.6909, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Yelé Haiti Foundation:
Hugh Locke, 914.944.4411, email@example.com
For Clinton Bush Haiti Fund:
Meg Galloway Pearce, 202.457.7606, firstname.lastname@example.org