I hate the Red Cross.

I have already talked about, to some extent, my hate of the Red Cross. An additional reason would be its mismanagement of 9/11 donations and blood bank operations (notably, continuing to call for blood donations, as it is their profitable little bit of bread and butter, even though they knew the blood would not be needed)

So where do I, being a caring individual, donate funds for hurricane relief?

Annamaria suggests to try the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization which promotes peace, non-violence and social justice, currently accepting donations on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Another option I am considering? Either the ASPCA or Humane Society of the United States.

Wherever you decide to donate, if you decide to donate, just be sure to do your homework to make sure the most of your donation is actually going to disaster relief. Non-profit analysis sites like GuideStar and Charity Navigator are extremely helpful in this area.

person x at 12:47 AM

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at Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:07:00 AM Blogger person x said...

Also check out the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, where we donated some of our money.

Their offices are currently also being used for the New Orleans Food Bank offices -- the NOFB web site is currently down. They have a great ranking on Charity Navigator.

at Wednesday, September 07, 2005 10:43:00 AM Blogger annamaria said...

Alright, so here's my dilemma. I already gave money to the American Friends Service Committee (because I'm all about the Quakers), but now I found out that my company is doing a donation matching program for the American Red Cross. So...do I give them money through work, knowing that it will force corporate America to do something good, or do I continue to hate the homophobes?

at Wednesday, September 07, 2005 11:07:00 AM Blogger person x said...

My company is also doing a matching program with the Red Cross -- however, when I asked them, they said that they would open up the matching program to include charitable companies that are doing work for the hurricane.

While those matching dollars do go to the Red Cross, and not my carefully selected non-profits, it's still money for hurricane relief (in theory, provided that the money actually makes it to the victims this time and not a new telecommunications system).

You should contact whatever department/person/entity that is responsible for the matching gifts and ask them. Hell, it's worth a shot. And you can continue to hate the homophobes. I still do!

at Wednesday, September 07, 2005 6:58:00 PM Blogger chase said...

I've listed some alt sources in my blog if that helps any. ::shrugs:: you couldnt pay me to give to the red cross, but i have been getting emails from people who actually know people who need stuff, so that works for me.


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