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   Featured Review

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

CONTRIBUTIONS:
As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep the following facts in mind:
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The American Red Cross
President and CEO Marsha J. Evans'
salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses
MARCH OF DIMES
It is now called the March of Dimes because
only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy .
The United Way
President Brian Gallagher
receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
UNICEF
CEO Caryl M. Stern receives
$1,200,000 per year (100k permonth) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.
Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.
GOODWILL
CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year .
Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business.
You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT.
He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage! Nice Guy.
$0.00 goes to help anyone!
Stop giving to this man.
Instead, give it to ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
GO "GREEN" AND PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD :
The Salvation Army
Commissioner, Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only
$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.
96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
The American Legion
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Disabled American Veterans
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Military Order of Purple Hearts
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Vietnam Veterans Association
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
Make a Wish: For children's last wishes.
100% goes to funding trips or special wishes for a dying child.
St. Jude Research Hospital
100% goes towards funding and helping Children with Cancer who have no insurance and can
not afford to pay .
Ronald McDonald Houses
All monies go to running the houses for parents who have critical Children in the hospital.
100% goes to housing, and feeding the families.
Lions Club International
100% OF DONATIONS GO TO HELP THE BLIND,BUY HEARING AIDES, SUPPORT MEDICAL MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THEIR LATEST UNDERTAKING
IS MEASLES VACCINATIONS (ONLY $1.00 PER SHOT).

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

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

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I will not donate money to an organization that pays its chief executive over a half million dollars per year. There is no justification for that.

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Unlikely

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Unlikely

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Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Fortunately, I have never had to make use of Red Cross services. They certainly get publicity for their work. I have been giving to them for years. I am pleased to find out that 92% of my donation goes to program costs, but was dismayed when I saw the CEO earns over $500,000.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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

Unsure

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

American Red Cross does not subscribe good board governance for an organization of this size. The CEO should not be a member of the board.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

I used to give monthly to the American Red Cross until I found out that their CEO, Gail J. McGovern, makes $995,718 a year. She may do a good job, but nobody should be able to profit excessively from a charitable organization. It's a shame than one person spoils it for the rest, especially those that are in REAL need. Gail, why don't you lower your pay to $300,000. Although, I still think that's too much, it would convince me to start giving again especially if reports show that the Red Cross is doing a good job.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I gave blood. The Red Cross then gave my private information to a teleservices company. I receive multitudes of phone calls soliciting donations and blood. It is so many that it feels like harassment. My requests to be removed from the call list have gone ignored. It angers me that donated money is wasted on phone banks. It angers me as a donor that my private information is being used inappropriately.

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

I donate blood twice. Now--I get harassing phone calls.

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

Stop phone solicitation all together. It wastes funds. It angers donors.

Was your donation impactful?

No

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Blood shortages happen. Blood needs to be given to save lives.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Do not become a donor unless you want to become a target for telemarketing.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The CEO of a charity organization should NOT be earning close to a million dollars a year, no matter how big the charity. If you want to get rich, go work for a corporation. SHAME ON YOU, RED CROSS!!! I have donated in the past, naively believing that such a well-known organization would use my donation properly. I won't be donating again.

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

lower the salary of the CEO

 
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