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After Superstorm Sandy response, donations to Red Cross fall

After Superstorm Sandy response, donations to Red Cross fall

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after receiving huge sums to respond to Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross experienced a 32 percent drop in donations — and its place among the nation's best-supported nonprofits has declined from ninth to 21st in the latest survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, released Thursday. It was its lowest ranking since the annual survey began in 1991.

The Chronicle's new survey has United Way in the top spot for the ninth consecutive year, with private donations totaling $3.87 billion for the 2014 fiscal year.

Among the organizations that have dropped sharply are Ducks Unlimited, 91st in 1991 and now 353rd; the American Lung Association, 39th in 1991 and now 365th; and the conservative ministry Focus on the Family, 63rd in 1995 and now 329th.

Susan G. Komen, the Texas-based charity dedicated to fighting breast cancer, ranked 127th in the new survey, down from 41st in 2011. Komen has been struggling to maintain donations since a controversy in early 2012, when it moved to halt its financial partnerships with Planned Parenthood and then reversed the decision.

The Arizona-based Make-a-Wish Foundation has risen to 88th place from 352nd in 1991; its private support is up from $14.4 million to almost $276 million.

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