IT firms give all for disaster relief

IT firms give all for disaster relief

It is not often competitors in the IT industry band together for a common goal, but the recent disasters in Manhattan and Washington have inspired a flood of donations, charity schemes and other niceties among the competitors.

Cisco's Terry Alberstein informed ARN of the networking vendor's donation - a $US6 million contribution to the American Red Cross and YMCA in both New York City and Washington DC. The non-profit charity organisation, Cisco Foundation, is also matching employee donations dollar for dollar.

ARN's sister publications in the US also provided the following data:

One US Web site, dubbed the American Liberty Partnership, reports raising $57.7 million for nearly 30 charitable groups. Recipients include the American National Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the New York State World Trade Centre Relief Fund. Partners in the American Liberty Project include, AOL, Time Warner, Cisco Systems, eBay, Microsoft and Yahoo. has also raised $11 million for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through its Web site.

Electronic bill-paying site Paypal has raised $1 million, and Yahoo's competing PayDirect e-payment service has brought in $6 million for established relief organisations.

AOL members have contributed $6 million through links on the Internet service's sites. eBay has opened a charitable auction site to benefit victims of the attacks. The company aims to raise $100 million in the days that "Auction for America" will operate.

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