The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was established in response to the devastating loss of 658 Cantor Fitzgerald employees in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Following that tragic event, Howard W. Lutnick pledged 25% of the company’s profits over 5 years, in addition to providing 10 years of healthcare coverage for the surviving family members. This incredible commitment totaled $180 million in support of the families.

The response ignited a culture of dedication to supporting those touched by tragedy that continues within the firm to this day. Building on the lessons learned from 9/11, the Relief Fund has since expanded its mission to include support for families and individuals that have been deeply impacted by acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other emergencies, as well as wounded members of our military, direct service and other charities.

Edie Lutnick Headshot

“We created the Relief Fund to support the families of those we lost on September 11th. We continue to honor our friends and colleagues by providing essential financial aid to families around the world that are impacted by devastating events. We’re grateful for our incredibly supportive community and our employees across the Cantor Fitzgerald family who have made generous donations and volunteered their time to support those in need.”

Edie Lutnick

President and Co-Founder of
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund


Of all donations go directly to those in need

~$0 Million

Raised by the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund since inception

Disaster Relief

In times of crisis, we raise funds from the public and distribute them to charities that are actively working on the ground in affected areas. We also engage in our own disaster relief efforts by collaborating with local public schools and government agencies to ensure families that have been impacted receive the direct financial support they need to repair and rebuild their lives.

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Hurricanes Maria and Irma | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hurricanes Maria and Irma | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Following the devastation from Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund worked with the office of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz to help families whose homes were destroyed. Volunteers from Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliates, along with those from the New York area, and clients from Scotiabank and Banco Santander, went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to distribute direct financial aid to approximately 4,000 families in need.

Hurricane Harvey | Houston, Texas

Hurricane Harvey | Houston, Texas

In 2017, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund went to Houston, Texas to provide financial support to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Working with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office, as well as school officials and administrators from 15 local school districts covering more than 200 schools, the Relief Fund provided direct financial aid to 5,000 families.

Tornado | Moore, Oklahoma

Tornado | Moore, Oklahoma

In response to the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma in 2013, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund extended its support to affected families in need. Volunteers and employees distributed direct financial aid to each family with a child enrolled in the Moore Public School district whose home was damaged or destroyed by the tornado.

Superstorm Sandy | New York and New Jersey

Superstorm Sandy | New York and New Jersey

In 2013, Superstorm Sandy severely impacted the New York area. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund adopted 19 elementary schools across Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, and New Jersey to provide direct financial aid to nearly 10,000 families with children enrolled in those schools.

Charity Day

Every year on September 11th, we come together to remember the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald employees and 61 EuroBrokers colleagues and friends who perished in the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center.


To create a legacy for those we lost, we expanded upon our mission. Every year on Charity Day, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Group donate 100% of their revenues to support a wide variety of direct service charities around the world through the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.


Celebrity ambassadors join us on our trading floors to represent charities that are important to our families, employees, clients, and communities and helps us pay forward the kindness shown to us in the aftermath of 9/11. Our ambassadors have included prominent actors, musicians, sports icons, models, media personalities, royalty, and politicians.


Your support brings hope to those in need, helps us to remain resilient in the face of adversity, and honors the memories of those we lost on 9/11.

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2023 Cantor Charity

Day Charities included:

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Additional Information

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, was founded on September 14, 2001, with a $1 million personal donation from Cantor Fitzgerald Chairman and CEO, Howard W. Lutnick. Since then, the fund has raised and distributed approximately $300 million to support families impacted by emergencies and natural disasters, direct service and other charities, and wounded members of our military.


For more information:

Please visit cantorrelief.org


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