AMERICAN RED CROSS--WHAT DO you think you are doing????

  1. Did any of you hear that the president of the American Red Cross is resigning her duties as of December??

    Do you all know why???

    Because she wanted to make sure that all the monies DONATED to the 9-11 Relief fund STAYED in that ONE FUND---THE 9-11 FUND!! Why would ONE resign over something LIKE that!!!

    BUT did you know that the other HIGHER UP's in the Am. Red CROSS wanted all the monies donated to go into one big pot for the "GENERAL DISASTER FUND" which is subject to DUES paid to the INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS in Geneva!!!

    I for ONE would not have donated to the Am. Red Cross IF I knew that ALL the MONEY would not have been used for the PURPOSE of HELPING MY FELLOW AMERICANS!!!

    Instead SOME of the MONIES that FAITHFUL Americans donated will be going to aid other COUNTRIES that MAY in fact HOUSE Terroists!!!!

    How does this MAKE you FEEL????????

    I plan on writing the ARC and NEVER USING them again to GIVE MY MONEY to AID VICTIMS!!!!

    I will be using the Salvation Army!!! I encourage you to DO the same!!!

    Please tell others about this OUTRAGEOUS ACT!!!

    By the way, I have not seen it hit the TV media yet, don't you think that this is ODD!!!

    I found it out by reading the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!!

  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   JennieBSN
    I have actually seen quite a few stories on Fox News about the misappropriation of funds collected for the 9/11 victims. Bill O'Reilly in particular is making a big stink about it....and I'm glad. Someone needs to.

    Sad that even with such a horrible tragedy, some people (the higher-ups in the ARC) can't even see past the beaurocracy to just do the right thing.

    Makes you not want to donate to anybody anymore.....
  4. by   StaceRacer1
    I guess I am not watching the right channels for seeing the BEST news reports.

    My cable company is not the greatest!!!
    We do not get FOX News Channel. And I know they are the most unbiased in reporting!!
  5. by   Q.
    This is why I don't donate to large organizations like that. Pennies on your dollar, if that, generally go to support what it is you are truly giving for.
    I donate money to Planned Parenthood, (after much research about what they support and fund) my alma mater, and my old clothes to Goodwill. That's it.

    Besides, I still have an issue with widows of CEO's and financial giants who most likely have life insurance policies getting a piece of the financial pie that we are donating...meanwhile, there were bus-boys and servers at the restaurant at the top of the WTC who may not have had ANY policies or annunites, and who get the same slice as Mrs. Financial Bigwig?

    People die all the time in tragic accidents - some are entirely unfair. Granted, not all are as numerous in the death toll as the 9-11 tragedy, but why should we donate $ NOW to the surviving families? Take this example: Mr. Smith is a CEO of a large financial organization housed in the WTC. He grosses about $800,000 a year, has a life insurance policy of 2 million (which is not uncommon, remember I used to work in the life insurance industry) owns about 5 million in property and assests, and generally has a net worth of 3 million. He is killed in a tragic car accident on the way to work. Or...perhaps, is gunned down in the subway by a random act of violence. Do we care then? Care enough to donate our money to help the widow and children? Ok now that same person is killed as a result of the 9-11 incident. How does WHO killed him somehow translate to IF we donate money to the widow? Do you see what I am saying? I sure hope so, because I'm afraid someone may misinterpret me and think I am some selfish piggie.

    Anyway...that is why I didn't donate any money to the relief efforts. Because I can't ensure that my money will go to the bus-boy or server's families that I spoke of before.
    Last edit by Susy K on Oct 29, '01
  6. by   nilepoc
    Susy K I agree with you 100 percent, I hav been trying to vent my disgust, and you summed it up. The only thing I don't agree with you on is giving to good will,they sell whatever you give them, so I don't give to them. I give to my local vetrans administration, as they are actively trying to help out our cities homeless. I just don't like the idea of someone profiting off of my donation.
  7. by   nur20
    Yes, it was on the news about M's Healy (head of red cross) was asked to resign. I remember at the time wondering why, now i know. There doesn't seem to be a place for HONEST people in this world. I hope Bill O'reilly keeps chewing on this bone. His idea is that there should have been an appointee to organize everything. So many fingers in the pie. You guys, yes i agree. I imagine some people don't really care where the money goes if it is a tax writeoff
  8. by   Q.

    I know Goodwill sells the stuff, but I myself have shopped there so...I guess I don't have a problem with donating my old clothes. What else would I do with them? Besides, I don't believe in hand-outs. I beleive in keeping a sense of pride and paying even 25cents for a pair of KC jeans.
  9. by   NurseDennie
    I'm late getting in on this thread, aren't I?

    I'd heard about the Red Cross CEO leaving, and I'd also heard some local radio people griping about the fact that she had been earning something along the lines of $450,000 a year. Wow, huh?

    The radio guy here said that she should have worked for a lot less, because she worked for a CHARITY and you don't go into charity work to get rich. (Of course he also thought that since the Red Cross got the blood for free, it also donated it to the hospitals!!
    I'd heard that not only was the 911 money going into the general fund which would have to pay dues to the international group, but that SOME of it was being used to upgrade their communications and other overhead type stuff. Is that true? Is this even possible???? If so, it definitely puts a bad taste in my mouth.

    Hmmmm - I wonder if the radio guy thinks we nurses should take a cut in pay to keep the health care costs down?


  10. by   Stargazer
    NurseDennie, it's true. The latest issue of TIME magazine has an article about Healy and the Red Cross in particular and then a longer article about other organized charities and "innovative" philanthropy.

    Healy and the Red Cross had earmarked less than 50% of the Sept. 11th Fund for relief efforts that had anything at all to do with the attacks. The rest, as you heard, was being planned for overhead and administrative costs and for overseas relief efforts.

    The main reason Healy was forced out was that she was refusing to participate in a national data base that all the involved charities and relief organizations are trying to set up to make sure that no victims are missed and nobody is double-dipping. She cited the reason for her refusal as concern for the confientiality and privacy of the recipients. Which, under the circumstances, I guess translates to "It'll really cramp my misappropriation efforts if an independent government oversight committee can track exactly where all this money's going."

    I saw an interview with her last week. She was defiant to the very end. She honestly doesn't seem to think she did anything wrong, or she's trying to convince herself, anyway.
  11. by   nurs4kids
    I agree completely with Suzy. I refuse to give to any relief fund unless they're wanting non-perishables or clothing. I'm not even comfortable with that, but I will give in that case. A few years ago, we had one of our historical tornadoes. Some big company donated sweatshirts and t-shirts, thousands. Few months later, a church down the street from me is selling these same shirts. Claimed they were left over, no one ever came for them. Thousands were left homeless after the tornado, I doubt they would have turned down a free shirt. Then this church SELLS them to profit for THEIR religion and benefit. I asked why they didn't donate them to the homeless, or give them to the "underprivilidged", they claimed they were going to donate the funds raised to the red cross. Yeah, I bet.

    Same tornado, had a cousin-in-law who lost his father and home. My mom, who didn't know these people, sent them $200 by me. I gave it to him to give to his mom. He was 21 and he and his new wife were now living with me and my husband, for free. Hubby is in school and working some hideous job, we're expecting first child, things are tight to say the least. This cousin comes home wearing a $130 pair of tennis shoes, bought with the money my mom sent. I damn near died. Needless to say, the extension of my home to them was very temporary.

    One question about the RC, though. As for improving communications and upgrading...this DOES have to be paid for with some type donation. Is it any worse to take it from this fund than that of another tragedy??

    As for the CEO making $450k+ per year. CEO's of non-profit corporations/HOSPITALS do it everywhere. The ARC is no different.
  12. by   StaceRacer1
    My point is that ALL Americans BELIEVED that ALL the monies would go right to the victims' families!!!!

    I gave $$ to the Fund and never even fathomed the idea that the RED CROSS would not carry it out. I believed them to be a longstanding and trustworthy organization.

    It does make me mad to KNOW that FAMILIES are not being given the $$ for which I intended!!
  13. by   nurs4kids
    I agree it's a good reason to be mad. Unfortunately, 9-11 has turned out to be a wake-up call for American's in more than one way.
  14. by   StaceRacer1
    YEAH--We need to get back to the BASICS!!!