Tornado cost: More than $80 million

  • Updated: May 20, 2012 - 6:16 PM

A sample of the major contributions, public and private, that helped cover costs from the May 22, 2011, tornado that hit north Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley and Fridley:

$64 million in insurance payouts: Figure from Minnesota Commerce Department as of Jan. 1, 2012, when 90 percent of 3,853 claims had been processed.

$6 million from FEMA and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Figure accounts for obligations, some of which may change and have not been paid.

$1.7 million from Minneapolis Foundation: The foundation set up the Minnesota Helps - North Minneapolis Recovery Fund with the United Way to pay for disaster relief, including the projects of the Northside Community Response Team. The foundation raised about $1.1 million for the effort and also contributed $600,000 from its own community endowment and donor adviser funds.

$1.1 million from U.S. Small Business Administration: In low interest loans to 55 residents and seven businesses for tornado damage.

$1.1 million from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: Tornado-related costs not reimbursed by FEMA, including $380,000 for planting trees,

$800,000 from city of Minneapolis: Money spent on the tornado not reimbursed by FEMA. City Council is expected to commit more this July.

$793,000 from American Red Cross, Northern Minnesota Region: Includes $605,000 for direct assistance such as clothing, shelter, feeding people and $188,000 in "in kind donations" such as food, water and materials.

$379,000 from Salvation Army: Includes $229,000 for financial assistance and meals, clothing, etc., plus $150,000 to be spent, starting in July to help small group of families who were tornado victims get out of poverty.

$337,000 from Minnesota Housing Finance Agency: These were Quick Start disaster recovery funds used for forgivable loans to tornado-affected homeowners if they stay in their house for 10 years.

$233,000 from Pohlad Foundation: Including $50,000 to Heading Home Hennepin through Minneapolis Foundation for homeless people and those needing subsidies; $128,000 to Urban Homeworks; $25,000 to Pillsbury United Communities, and $30,000 to neighborhood organizations.

$203,000 from Wells Fargo Foundation: Including $23,000 to Tree Trust for planting trees on private property, $10,000 to Red Cross, $10,000 through Minneapolis Foundation, $30,000 to Northside Home Fund, $130,000 to Northside Neighborhood Housing Services, Urban Homeworks and Urban League.

$200,000 from United Way: Included in Minneapolis Foundation's $1.7 million figure.

$195,000 from Habitat for Humanity: For repairing 32 homes, including 18 roof repairs.

$150,000 from McKnight Foundation: Including $75,000 to Urban Homeworks, $25,000 to Heading Home Hennepin and $50,000 to Minneapolis Foundation.

$125,000 from General Mills Foundation: Including $25,000 to Red Cross and $100,000 to nonprofit organizations. Since tornado, foundation has given about $1.4 million to support north Minneapolis to strengthen youth programs, farmers market, etc.

$100,000 from Minnesota Agricultural and Economic Development Board: Gave money to Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. City of Minneapolis matched it with $100,000. Consortium allocated $140,0000 for loans of up to $5,000 for 32 projects of business owners for tornado repairs or interruption of business.

$100,000 from Best Buy Co., Inc.: $75,000 given to the Red Cross for storm relief efforts in several Midwestern states, including Minnesota, and $25,000 to the Minneapolis Foundation.

$56,500 from Target: Including $30,000 to Red Cross and $20,000 to Salvation Army, $5,000 to Minneapolis Parks Department for planting trees, and $1,500 in gift cards for victims.

$53,000 from Deluxe Corp. Foundation: Given to Red Cross for storm damage in Minneapolis, Missouri and Massachusetts.

$50,000 from Medtronic Foundation: Given to Red Cross.

$50,000 from United Health Group: Given to Red Cross.

$50,000 from Comcast Corp.: $30,000 was given to Minneapolis Foundation and $20,000 in public service announcement support.

$35,000 from 3M: 3M Foundation gave $25,000 to the Red Cross and 3M gave $10,000 in product donations: hand sanitizers, cleaning products and sponges.

$26,600 from music event: Some 200 musicians and a large number of organizations contributed to the Twin Cities Community Benefit which gave the money to eight local groups.

$25,000 from RBC Foundation: Given to the Red Cross for Minneapolis relief efforts.

$25,000 from U.S. Bancorp: Given as aid through Minneapolis Foundation.

Compiled by Randy Furst and Eric Roper
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