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New Bill Demands Red Cross Accountability

A new bill, the American Red Cross Sunshine Act, is currently pending approval in the House of Representatives. The bill would demand more oversight of how the Red Cross uses its funds, including audits by three inspectors general, and an annual report done by the Department of Homeland Security. The bill was sparked by the Red Cross’ resistance to an inquiry by the Government Accountability Office, requested by Representative Bennie Thompson after the Red Cross’ failed responses to Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and Superstorm Sandy. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. ‘American Red Cross Sunshine Act’ Would Open Charity to Outside Scrutiny A House bill is being released today along with a government report citing a lack of oversight about how the charity spends the millions of dollars donated by Americans. Justin […]

New documents show, Red Cross doesn’t know where half billion dollars of Haiti aid were spent

In new internal Red Cross documents released by ProPublica and NPR on their continued investigation into the spending of post-quake aid, lack of oversight and slow response are outlined as main contributors to why the Red Cross is unaware of where the nearly $500 million has gone. Of the half a billion dollars raised, a large portion was passed on to other groups contributing to aid in Haiti. However, the Red Cross kept almost no oversight of these groups, at least one of which has been proven to have mismanaged funding. Due to a lack of assessment of the effectiveness of projects and poor management from American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., the spending has not been tracked, leaving everyone to wonder where the donations have gone. Confidential Documents: Red Cross Itself May Not Know How Millions Donated for Haiti were […]

Red Cross Failed to Track Millions Spent in Haiti

Last month, the Red Cross came under fire after an investigation revealed severe mismanagement of about $500 million donated to the organization after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Now, the Red Cross faces even more scrutiny as Congress demands detailed replies to questions the Red Cross may not be able to answer about where all that money went. Internal Red Cross reports reveal that the organization often failed to monitor spending, oversee projects, and even monitor projects’ success, despite the organization’s public claims of success in Haiti. Experts blame the mismanagement on incompetence in the areas where the Red Cross was supposed to help, and overly centralized decision-making. Documents Show Red Cross May Not Know How It Spent Millions In Haiti Justin Elliott, NPR July 21, 2015 The American Red Cross is under pressure this week to answer detailed questions from Congress about […]

Iowa Senator Grassley Demands Answers on Haiti Spending by Red Cross

In June, after an investigation into their work, the Red Cross came under fire for mismanagement of about $500 million donated to the organization for Haiti earthquake relief and reconstruction. Now, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is asking for better answers, in an open letter to the organization. Among those demands are a breakdown of spending for all their projects in Haiti and an explanation of previously-noted internal delays.   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sen. Grassley Demands Red Cross Disclose Haiti Spending — And Gives Them a Deadline The “disappointed” Judiciary Committee chairman wants a detailed breakdown of spending on projects, overhead and other issues. Justin Elliott, ProPublica July 9, 2015 Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding the American Red Cross explain how it spent nearly half a billion dollars raised after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In […]

Where’s the $500 million Red Cross raised for Haiti earthquake relief?

After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, the American Red Cross out-fundraised most other aid organizations, receiving almost $500 million in donations. The Red Cross promised to build thousands of homes but has only built 6 permanent homes in over 5 years. In the interview below, an investigator from NPR explains how she and other journalists discovered this information and why this may have happened. Millions were donated to Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief. Why haven’t more been helped? PBS June 3, 2015 In 2010, a catastrophic earthquake ravaged Haiti, leaving 1.5 million people homeless. The American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million for relief efforts, announcing plans to create new communities. But an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has concluded that the Red Cross response has been plagued by failures. Jeffrey Brown interviews NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan.   Click HERE […]

Where’s the $0.5 billion dollars donated to Red Cross for post-quake reconstruction?

The Red Cross received the majority of donations sent to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, adding up to half a billion dollars. Yet, a recent investigation shows that the Red Cross only built 6 out of the thousands of homes it promised to build. When Red Cross officials were asked to explain the programs to which they allocated the donations, they declined to comment in most cases. This article explains all the areas where the Red Cross went wrong, and why. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes Justin Elliott and Laura Sullivan, ProPublica June 3, 2015 THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF CAMPECHE sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick […]

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