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March 18, 2011
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March 18, 2011
5 people found this review helpful

After Hurricane Katrina, I was pulled off of my AmeriCorps site to go to relief work with the local Red Cross chapter. Years later, in the aftermath of Haiti and Japan, I still cannot support the Red Cross because of the terrible situations I witnessed Red Cross staff create while volunteering. They were only interested in money, ignored volunteer offers from doctors, took people out on buses and then left them behind and in the end spent thousands of dollars to throw the volunteers a thank you party, instead of giving the victims and of that money for support. I refuse to donate to them and encourage everyone I know to donate elsewhere. I am working with a group now raising money for Japan and am strongly advocating they send their money to a different charity.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

teach them compassion.

March 17, 2011
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March 17, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

My blood boils when I see management of non-profits get paid outrageously, especially when they complain that the contributions are not enough. Red Cross is not the only organization contributes to humanity.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

doing some noble work

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

simplify bureaucracy, reduce management's salary by 50%, reduce cost, make the organization more efficient

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

March 14, 2011

why the large net asset value.?
I understand reserve and functional needs as cars and equipment, but over a billion?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

they did help me after a fire, but I want more effeciency.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure more went to programs instead of staff perks and salaries.

December 11, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
December 11, 2010
3 people found this review helpful

Tens of thousands of trained Red Cross volunteers in the USA help those affected by flood, fires (including house fires), earthquakes and other disasters. You can donate to the national organization, or to your local Red Cross Chapter if you want the money to support the local disaster relief fund. Only Red Cross is at the scene when needed to help victims of house fires. Only Red Cross is there without pushing a religion or soliciting donations from the victims.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping those most in need in a timely manner. They verify both need and ability to use funds properly before distributing direct financial aid.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Urge the national organization to financially support the local chapters on a regular basis, rather than the other way around.

May 26, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
May 26, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

Over many years I've donated almost 5 gallons of blood through the Norfolk, VA chapter of the American Red Cross. Recent interactions with the phlebotomists have declined to the point of rudeness. They lack education and common courtesy. When donors take time to suffer the discomfort of a blood donation, they need to be treated with utmost respect and hospitality. I give less often now because I dread the experience, even though I know that my donations are priceless and desperately needed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Blood Drives

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2010
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April 28, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

The American Red Cross has collected close to 500 Million Dollars for Haiti relief. Money given to the Red Cross specifically for Haiti. The Red Cross has only allocated 106 Million to-date. The Red Cross has used this money to pay off past debts, do financial investments and pay extremely high executive salaries. They do this when Haiti needs heavy equipment, building materials and jobs for Haiti to re-build itself.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 20, 2010
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January 20, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

The American Red Cross is one of the oldest, largest, most experienced, and most transparent disaster relief organizations in the world. Donations for domestic or foreign disasters are sure to be handled and used properly.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly dedicated and professional.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 5, 2009
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September 5, 2009
1 person found this review helpful

Never donate to the American Red Cross for an international disaster. They spend more money on cars then helping people.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

donate it to the ICRC

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009
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June 30, 2009
2 people found this review helpful

Many years ago, I was smeared by a wicked enemy in the military. Although I was exonerated and promoted, the bad and falsified reports about me remained in my service record. The Red Cross defended me at no cost, and had these lies removed from the record. Not only does the Red Cross save lives,...they save reputations as well. Thank you!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Clearing my name and reputation.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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