American National Red Cross

Rating: 2.7 stars   79 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Health, Human Services, International

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: 5 stars  

It is sad that the Red Cross has the blemish of highly paid officers because its Mission and Assistance serves so many

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

I will be giving to my local chapter only; the CEO's nearly million dollar salary is just outrageous. I don't buy the idea that "the sky's the limit" on salary to get the "right people." There are certainly talented people out there who would be willing to work for far, far less than that.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

I make $50,000 a year.....let the million dollar CEO donate for me.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I used to donate yearly to the American Red Cross. However, after finding out through Charity Navigator that the CEO makes close to a MILLION dollars annually, I have decided to donate elsewhere. Any charity organization that pays its CEO that much does not need my contribution.

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

No experience

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

Reduce the CEO compensation.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

Donations for the recent tornado in Vilonia Arkansas
My husband and I purchased cases of bottled water, case of can goods, non parishable snacks. we also brought over mens and women clothing. We went to the Red Cross and they said they would take only the bottled water! They asked if the clothes were brand new and we said no they said they didn't want them either. The local churches that set up relief centers gladly took all the rest. All they ever want is money. Don't be fooled by a financial statement I am an accountant and included in the so called program expenses can have salaries, vehicles, etc. I would like to see a more detailed P/L.
There was no one at the center either except the Red Cross volunteers. This will not be my choice next time I want to donate.

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

Arkansas

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

Spend more money on the services to the people they are suppossed to be helping and less money on those great big salaries.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

The Red Cross pays its directors at least $150,000 annually and up to $650,000 annually.

The Red Cross allocated $217 million to grants in 2008.

The Red Cross spent $1.7 billion on their own salaries and other employee compensation for the same year.

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

I've seen several tornadoes and hurricanes. I've seen only one Red Cross vehicle total.

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

Not pay $50,000 moving allowances to Red Cross executives earning hundreds of thousands in base compensation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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

doing some noble work

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

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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