PSA: DO NOT DONATE TO THE RED CROSS
DO NOT DONATE TO THE RED CROSS. To be clear we are talking about the American Red Cross. As an organization they barely lift a finger to actually help people. When we lost pretty much everything to Hurricane Sandy they did absolutely nothing. It was only when officials started looking into the huge amount of donations the Red Cross got and question where they went that they started doing stuff. If you want to read more you can read a bit at the links below. There are a ton more articles out there that tell you why you shouldn’t donate to them.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/september2005/010905redcross.htm This link is from 2005! They’ve been doing this shit for a long time!
An average of 17 cents of every dollar donated goes to “fundraising expenses”. Then there’s vague back-end costs of “management and general expenses” that subtract even more off your donation. They take full advantage of the loopholes of their 501©(3) nonprofit status to pay their CEO and high-ranking paid employees a cushy salary as well.
Charity Navigator is a really good resource for determining if a charity
is worth donating to. They rank charities on a bunch of things from
transparency to accountability to how much of your donation actually
reaches its destination. Charity Navigator has listed here some good organizations to donate to that ACTUALLY help and are already prepared to respond to Hurricane Patricia:
of Hope, Direct Relief, GlobalGiving, Heart to Heart International,
International Medical Corps, MAP International, Medical Teams
International, and Water Missions Hospital.
These are all
rated much higher than the Red Cross. Direct Relief is highest rated.
It has a grade of over 99 while the Red Cross has a grade of just under
81. Heart To Heart International and MAP International each have a grade
of over 97.
I think it’s clear that these charities are all doing a lot better with your money than the Red Cross.