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Why Boycotting Red Cross After Hurricane Harvey is Misguided
September 2, 2017
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On 9-11 I collected a 1000 from co-workers and donated it to the Red Cross for aid to the people affected.. The Red Cross told me our donation DID NOT have to be used for the 9-11 victims.
All these "charities" are filled with holes. The Goodwill for example is run by millionaire CEOs
I've always been wary of big charities, anyway. For instance, I was always annoyed at how donating to the the United Way was pushed on employees at every large company for which I've worked. I finally gave in and donated a quarter week out of my check in order to help my department have "high participation rates," but I probably shouldn't have even done that, because why should I care if we have high participation rates for an organization I don't like or support, anyway?
After spending a year trying to become a disaster relief asst for the Red Cross I gave up. They never had the classes available... even though as a firefighter/ flight medic (among other certs) I could have taught their classes! It was all about comfort and great pay for their employees while the volunteers got s#$t on and little if any support. They are all about collecting money and living large themselves and not about using the money they collect to help the masses!
My dad thought the Red Cross was a corrupt organization and he wasn't wrong. The organization is in need of more than an "overhaul." There are charities that spend their dollars on victims, and those are where I make my donations.
In the early 1960's my folks were flooded out and lost everything. The Red Cross pulled up and put out a sign that said coffee and donuts. My dad went over to get some for him and my mom since they had no food; the Red Cross charged him money for both and price GOUGED him. My Dad was furious and said here they had lost everything and the Red Cross had come to a disaster area and set up a CONCESSION STAND. He never donated to the Red Cross again.
I would never donate anything to the Red Cross.....maybe their CEO's can start taking pay cuts from already inflated salaries......NOPE.
I do not donate to Mega-Churches, United Way, or the Red Cross, all of whose overheads are higher than they should be.
I avoid Red Cross because of their high 6-figure executive salaries. I don't care about comparable to other high paying non-profits (I avoid them too). I don't care about comparing salary to overall billions dollar budget, thus the high salary is a pittance. It's a charity to help others and charities are measured by how much goes to actually help people in need. Lesser paid folks with excellent qualifications and passion can do just as good job.
Red Cross look how bad they responded to Katrina.
So, the slant of the article is, yes the Red Cross is crooked and they waste the money you send to them, and a majority does not help the people donors intend it to help. However, they are better than other charities because they are bigger. Nice! This kind of thinking is why this problem will never be fixed.
I never give to the Red Cross after reading how little money actually goes to those in need and rather to salaries. Too many other volunteer organizations who spend the bulk of their money where it's intended to go.