Is it misguided to donate money to the American Red Cross? | The Tylt
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many celebrities and political figures have encouraged people to help the relief effort by donating to the American Red Cross. Some are hesitant to support the Red Cross after it mishandled millions of donation dollars in the past, and are instead encouraging people to support local organizations to ensure their money is used properly. What do you think? 🏥💰
Is it misguided to donate money to the American Red Cross?
As striking images from Hurricane Harvey continue to surface, many are eager to help the relief effort in any way they can. Public figures, including former President Barack Obama, have shared information about the American Red Cross, asking individuals to help by donating to the organization.
The American Red Cross is one of the largest U.S. charities and has provided disaster relief since it was founded over a century ago. The organization claims "an average of 91 cents of every dollar" is invested in "humanitarian services and programs."
But a damning 2015 investigation into the American Red Cross by ProPublica and NPR revealed the organization exaggerated its accomplishments in Haiti and grossly mishandled donations, with 40 percent of contributions funding program management and overhead costs—contrary to the 91 percent amount the American Red Crossed claimed went directly to relief efforts.
The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.
Many still feel the American Red Cross does not use the money it raises wisely.
I honestly have no idea what Red Cross does with all the money they raise, but I can tell you from experience, it doesn't go to survivors.— leah mcelrath 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) August 27, 2017
And some have suggested supporting local charities instead.
But many argue every donated dollar matters, and major companies continue to partner with the American Red Cross to raise relief funds.
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