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Digit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:28 PM
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What percentage of donation to Red Cross goes for relief, and how much
for administrative fees? I realize that many people actually volunteer their time, but I know they have salaried people as well.
Just concerned what kind of salaries I might be supporting when I want any donation to go directly where needed.
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wellstone_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:30 PM
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1. alot
I won't donate to them because I once worked as a temp for them. I saw enough

My money goes to low admin costs relief like the Salvation Army
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:31 PM
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3. Salvation Army Discriminates
against gays. I won't give to them.
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I_Make_Mistakes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:32 PM
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4. I think I remember 15 %
I donate to Lutheran disaster response because my pastor told me only 2% go to administrative costs.
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:30 PM
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2. 91% For Programs
According to Charity Navigator

Of course, that doesn't specify which programs, some of which are more important than others.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/search.su...

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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:32 PM
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5. Personally, I don't think spokes persons like Libby Dole come
cheap. Just my opinion. I have also heard that the Red Cross was a bit top heavy. They do the work they are supposed to do though.
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:33 PM
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6. Well now that that bitch Dole doesn't run it anymore
Edited on Wed Aug-31-05 09:33 PM by William769
I would think more of it would go to relief efforts.
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liveoaktx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:38 PM
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7. My question is, can you specify the hurricane victims? I remember
that there was a scandal involving the Red Cross's 9/11 relief, when it turned out that they weren't spending all the donations on 9/11 but on other Red Cross programs. Remember that public outcry when people found out that their donations, sent specifically for 9/11 victims, were going to be spent other ways?

So, can we be sure if we donate to the Red Cross that it won't be generally applied?
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:39 PM
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Yes you can specify
there's a link when you donate.
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:40 PM
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9. Also if you send them a check you can
put in the memo line "Hurricane Katrina" and the money will be earmarked for that..
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chalky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 09:39 PM
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8. Got a list of organizations at work today and "America's Second Harvest"
caught my eye. I checked it out with some DUers and got good reviews:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Check out their website.
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