As donations continue to pour in from around the world, “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” announced on Saturday that it has raised more than $58 million to date — a new record for donations made by the general public through a disaster-relief telethon. The preliminary figure includes donations made via phone, online, and mobile, and does does not include donations by corporations and large private donors, or iTunes sales figures, all of which are still being calculated.
“The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with ‘Hope for Haiti Now,’ and the donations continue to come in – people can still contribute 24/7 via phone, Web, and text,” said Lisa Paulsen, president & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing philanthropic support to “Hope for Haiti Now” to ensure proper fiduciary oversight and administration of all donated funds.
The “Hope for Haiti Now” album is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history and is currently the number one iTunes album in 18 countries. The studio version of “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),” the original track performed by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna during “Hope for Haiti Now,” is currently the No. 1 song on iTunes in 12 countries.
“Hope for Haiti Now” will continue accepting donations for the next six months.