Major corporations, retailers, individual donors, websites, and other labor unions also assisted and contributed to the 9-11 Fund. From the very beginning, the 9-11 Fund directors made a firm decision that they would conduct no advertising, solicitations, or marketing activities to promote the fund.
Schaitberger noted that, in the end, the Fund’s expenses will amount to less than one-half of one percent because the Fund used IAFF staff to manage the project and much of the outside assistance to the fund was provided on a pro bono basis.
The IAFF and its two New York local unions are grateful for the support of a concerned public, but they also want to remind Americans that there were many other victims of the tragedy who also need help and support.
"We cannot forget the thousands of innocent victims who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a rural field in Pennsylvania. Nor can we forget the tens of thousands of workers who lost their jobs because of the economic impact of the terrorist attack," Schaitberger said. "We are all in this together and we must make sure that their families receive the support that they need."