American Red Cross

The American Red Cross receives an overall score of 3 out of 4 stars and a score of 80.05 out of 100.

Mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Vision:The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that:

-all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

-our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

-everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

-all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

-in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Financial Information:

* Program Expenses: 90.3%

* Administrative Expenses: 3.5%

* Fundraising Expenses: 6%

* Fundraising Efficiency: $0.23

* Primary Revenue Growth: -5.7%

* Program Expenses Growth: -4.4%

* Working Capital Ratio: 0.39

What the American Red Cross does with their money: Emergency response vehicles circulate throughout affected communities after disasters to hand out food, relief supplies, info, and comfort to people in need. The Red Cross opens shelters so people have a safe place to stay, a hot meal and access to other support from trained volunteers. Relief items; help people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and in the days that follow (these items can include: toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, tarps, rakes, shovels, or trash bags). They also provide health contacts, meals and snacks, and workers.

- An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.  

The American Red Cross is involved in: disaster relief, supporting American's military families, health and safety training & education, lifesaving blood, and international services.

Ways to get involved with the American Red Cross:

Donate: online, text, mail or phone, monthly, in "honor" or "memory", through corporate supporters, matching gifts and workplace giving, gift planning, stock and mutual funds, donating goods, rewards programs, airline miles, holiday gift catalog, in lieu of corporate holiday gifts, sponsor an event, or vehicle donation program.

Fundraise: businesses, individuals and groups, or general request to use the American Red Cross brand.

Volunteer: in your community, learn more, blood drive volunteer, be an advocate, or become a board member.

Other ways: get involved with a group or program, help internationally, give blood, take/teach/host a class, be a digital advocate, or prepare for emergencies.

Contact Information:

American Red Cross
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (800) 733-2767

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340

American Red Cross in the news:

From KVUE.com- "Roland Curry and Dan Knauft, both experienced Red Cross volunteers, will depart from the Central Texas Chapter at 2218 Pershing Drive at 9 a.m. Friday morning. They will drive the locally-based Emergency Response Vehicle to Oklahoma City, where they'll work as vehicle drivers, helping distribute bulk items, like cleanup kits, and provide hot meals to families in impacted neighborhoods."

"Austin Red Cross Sends Volunteers and Response Vehicle to Tornado Relief in Okla." KVUE. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2015. <http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/05/07/austin-red-cross-sends-volunteers-and-response-vehicle-to-tornado-relief-in-okla/70974582/>.

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