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The Secretive American Red Cross
Sharyl Atkisson.com, by Sharyl Atkisson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/6/2014 9:43:27 AM

According to ProPublica in a newly-published article: “Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy? The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a ‘trade secret’…As we’ve reported, the Red Cross releases few details about how it spends money after big disasters. That makes it difficult to figure out whether donor dollars are well spent. The Red Cross did give some information about Sandy spending to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TheMom, 7/6/2014 9:47:46 AM     (No. 9912687)

Never donate to the RC. We give to the Salvation Army instead.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/6/2014 9:53:10 AM     (No. 9912692)

Few people realize that the American National Red Cross IS NOT THE SAME AS YOUR LOCAL unit which accepts blood donations. Be informed.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: norcalvet, 7/6/2014 9:54:34 AM     (No. 9912695)

My sister used to work with a former executive for the Red Cross. He told her NEVER donate to them. Very little of the money gets to where it was intended. Since then, it is the Salvation Army for us. IIRC their executive director is volunteer or gets very little in pay, I can´t remember which. ARC executive gets BIG bucks.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 7/6/2014 9:55:12 AM     (No. 9912697)

Years ago I stopped giving money to any charity. If I wish to help someone I give the money directly to them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeremiah29_11, 7/6/2014 10:01:22 AM     (No. 9912703)

Ever since my dad, a WWII and Korean War vet, told me about the shenannigans the ARC does I vowed NEVER to give them anything.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 7/6/2014 10:04:31 AM     (No. 9912707)

In the aftermath of Sandy, the msm was constantly explaining the Red Cross´ method of helping- "Send Only Cash", nothing else will help. Cash spends easily. You can buy emergency supplies with it like political influence, homes in Hawaii, first class travel (for business of course), and endless handouts to fellow like minded charities and political bedfellows. How did the Sandanistas become armed? Charity donations after the earthquake in the 70´s.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 7/6/2014 10:19:47 AM     (No. 9912716)

Is this the same Red Cross that charged soldiers for coffee and donuts during WWII?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jeremiah29_11, 7/6/2014 10:38:19 AM     (No. 9912736)

#7 Exactly!!!!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 7/6/2014 11:00:10 AM     (No. 9912754)

to 7&8, I spent years as a purely volunteer instructor in First Aid and Emergency Care, CPR instruction, etc. The issue you mentioned is frankly one of those things that the ANRC gets blamed for, as you have. The truth is rather different. The charging for coffee and donuts was ordered by that saint of the Libs and Progressives, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (spit, spit). Seems the Brits, etc. did not have a tradition of the civilians stepping up and raising private funds and programs to help the soldiers. They were miffed at programs early in the war to provide such things to our GI´s for free, and raised Cain over it. So, FDR (spit, spit) made charging for such a condition of having any access whatsoever to the soldiers. Blame FDR and the Democrap party for this one.
Likewise, I can´t speak of the higher-up leaders, and I haven´t been involved even at a local level for more than 20 years. But the other volunteers and the local people in general, the ones involved in blood draw and disaster services and such, were some of the finest people I´ve met outside of fellow Gideons (and there was some overlap). So don´t slam them for allegations, perhaps accurate ones, of bad behavior at the National offices. By the way, I´ve also heard disturbing allegations about the very high compensation of the top dogs at some of the operations mentioned in previous posts with approval. So exercise sensible caution.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/6/2014 11:09:43 AM     (No. 9912768)

I don´t doubt your experience, #9, but my uncles returned from WWII telling of having to pay for doughnuts and coffee to the Red Cross, but getting them free from the Salvation Army.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: alecto2, 7/6/2014 11:10:45 AM     (No. 9912770)

A quick check of the national organization´s most recent tax return available (2013) shows they had revenue of $3.4B and spent half of that on compensation ($1.77B). The CEO pulled in $622,361 in total compensation.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 7/6/2014 11:16:03 AM     (No. 9912774)

The grabbing hands
grab all they can
all for themselves
after all

(Depeche Mode)


Charity shouldn´t go through middlemen like the government or any so-called "charity."

How is it that the word charity, meaning love, now means tax write off?



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Reply 13 - Posted by: lawdoc, 7/6/2014 11:41:58 AM     (No. 9912798)

The International Red Cross is also anti-Semitic. The refuse membership to Moen Dvid Adom, the Israeli equivalent, ostensibly b/c they use a Star instead of a cross for their logo, while allowing in the Red Crescent, the Arab equivalent, and allow it to use the crescent instead of the cross logo.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 7/6/2014 12:06:27 PM     (No. 9912823)

Screw ´em. Not a sou.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Janylou, 7/6/2014 12:12:51 PM     (No. 9912834)

Leukemia Society and Salvation Army are the only two orgs we give to. And if you put money in the kettles, make sure it is in check form as not all the bell ringers are honest.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/6/2014 1:02:20 PM     (No. 9912888)

After reading this story, I´ve decided that I cannot give any more money to this organization . It sounds like some sort of criminal enterprise. From now on , all of my donations will be to the Clinton Foundation- including what I make posting comments here.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kiwinews, 7/6/2014 1:25:37 PM     (No. 9912909)

The Salvation Army, Aunt Sally does more with less on the widest area than anyone. Give to them generously. BUT and it´s a big But, please give blood any where you can. It really IS the gift of life, there´s no synthetic. If the Red Cross is running a drive - go give them a pint. They can´t waste that on executive perks!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: crimea river, 7/6/2014 1:38:36 PM     (No. 9912917)

#9 and 10. The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London by William Booth, a Methodist minister. Who says the Brits have no tradition of fund-raising to help those in need?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/6/2014 2:37:21 PM     (No. 9912972)

We give to the largest charitable organization on the planet - the Catholic Church.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: garyhope, 7/6/2014 3:11:36 PM     (No. 9912987)

#1,..."The Mom",...my MOM would never give any money to the Red Cross. She always gave to The Salvation Army instead. Me too. Thanks.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/6/2014 9:21:17 PM     (No. 9913287)

Remember when donating by telephone started years ago ? I can´t remember the weather event, but Elizabeth Dole was the head of RC at the time. They remodeled their Washington headquarters with the money that poured in.

#4 I agree. I will never donate to a nonprofit again.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: binthere_dunthat, 7/7/2014 1:53:24 AM     (No. 9913388)

This former Infantry Officer and war vet will NEVER give a penny to the Am. Red Cross. I´ve known their shenanigans too well.

The Salvation Army on the other hand, is a very hard working and effective group who does NOT over pay their personnel. They (SA) are a very worthy destination of your charitable contributions.

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