American National Red Cross

Rating: 2.56 stars   72 reviews

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Location: National Headquarters PO Box 96456 Washington DC 20090 USA

Mission: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My wife gave blood a few times. Now they call multiple times per day. They won't stop. I asked them to stop. They said my wife has to ask them to stop.
For their incessant robo-calling and their insolent attitude they have earned my undying ire.

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Definitely

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The American Red Cross is an outstanding organization. They have and continue to do an amazing service to the victims of hurricane Sandy. Also while helping the victims of hurricane Sandy they respond to fires and floods all over the country. They recently responded to 2 fires in my general area recently. They have the victims of the fires comfort clothing food and rented them a hotel room. I'm glad knowing they are out there and that 92 cents from every dollar donated goes to the cause.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very few people know that the Red Cross is the best friend of Service men and women. They confirm hardships, injuries/illnesses or deaths of family members that require the presence of the military member. They also work to assist in making sure they get home.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very few people know that the Red Cross is the best friend of Service men and women. They confirm hardships, injuries/illnesses or deaths of family members that require the presence of the military member. They also work to assist in making sure they get home. Every Duty Officer is familiar with contacting, or being contacted by the Red Cross. As a retired Marine with 26+ years I have nothing but admiration for THEIR service. (My last personal experience was 1987-the tear I retired; however that year option was not available in this form. )

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 5 stars  

No matter what others have to say, whenever disaster strikes, the Red Cross seems to be the first on the scene. Their symbol is hard to miss, so next time you're watching a disaster unfold on TV, I'm sure you'll also see that red cross in the picture.

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a local and national volunteer of Red Cross I have been a disaster nurse volunteer for many years and can testify to best managemenent of all types of disasters and the best response from recipients of their services. I have helped out numerous other groups but am most impressed with Red Cross as an organization and with the dedicated volunteers involved. I urge any nurses or others to volunteer their time to help the others or to donate to a major organization that spends donated money the best. My personal memories include people's tears and relief with help they seldom receive from of anyone else. Many people are only aware of major disasters like hurricanes, floods or tornadoes when many groups show up or solicite donations on TV, but are never aware of house fires or families needing help locating military relatives for messages. Dedicated volunteers help at all hours and places but are seldom acknowledged by the public. They ARE appreciated by Red Cross and continue being volunteers for a long time. That is my reason for staying with this group.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Time and time again I have seen the Red Cross step up and help local members of the community and in large scale disasters. Yesterday a member of our community lost her apartment and belongings. Guess who was one of the first on the scene? The Red Cross. As for the folks who write the negative posts, do your homework people and stop relying on whatever the latest Facebook, Twitter or whatever rumor of the day that you get your information from. If you don't want to give to the Red Cross, that's fine. Find a charity you feel you can trust (some local ones are great) and donate to them. There will always be a need.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Look @ Hati, people are still living in boxes after 4 years & they've collected billions.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

They still haven't found where the lost money from 9/11 went. They also take money for one tragedy and save it for another one. They tell you, you are doing good for one thing and your money doesn't even go there. Irresponsible at the least if not criminal.

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I'm tired of all these large non-profits who collect BILLIONS of dollars and the money does NOT go to where it is suppose to - I've heard all kinds of bad stories about this organization in the past, but once I saw how they handled hurricane sandy, I now agree wholeheartedly! The VOLUNTEERS are amazing (but they are not paid) - the Red Cross themselves said that 90% of people that were helping were volunteers, that leaves 10% getting paid - with the BILLIONS of dollars they collected, there should have been more money circulated in helping New Jersians (and others affected by Sandy) - alot of FOOD was DONATED so I'd like to know WHERE all this money has gone, WHY THEY ARE STILL ADVERTISING to donate money for NEW JERSEY, but yet they are not still active from the hurricane - It is time for non-profits to be held more accountable and for change. I want to create my own non-profit and focus on the TRUE MEANING of the organization rather than worrying about filling my own pocketbook first like these CEOS, etc.... SHAME!!! I will NEVER donate to the Red Cross again - or any other large charity (as this happens with all of them!!)

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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