Charity behind star-powered Sandy concert is funding disaster relief on a human scale


FILE- In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Victor Rose, site manager of the Ali Forney Center, relocated inside The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center because of Superstorm Sandy, unpacks supplies, in New York. The Center is one of the charities that receives money from the Robin Hood Foundation, which raised $30 million from a rock concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden which will go to Superstorm Sandy relief. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (The Associated Press)

The charity in charge of distributing donations from the nationally televised Superstorm Sandy relief concert has been thinking small when it comes to doling out more than $50 million.

More than 160 organizations have gotten shares of the Sandy relief funds collected so far by the Robin Hood Foundation.

Many have been the type of small, grass-roots groups that were everywhere on the devastated New York and New Jersey coasts in the initial weeks after the storm.

A church in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., got $25,000 so it could install showers and beds for volunteers. The Mennonite Disaster Service in Pennsylvania got $150,000 to dispatch home builders to New York City.

The concert was held Dec. 12 and included such stars as Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.