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   American Red Cross collects $150 million dollars in donations for Sandy victims, but can't seem to find a way to get that money to Sandy victims

29 Nov 2012 12:52 PM   |   7090 clicks   |   The Daily Beast
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basemetal    [TotalFark]  
That's pretty much the Red Cross way.

/oh look, bonuses!

29 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
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ManateeGag    [TotalFark]  
Obvious tag displaced by Sandy?

29 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
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L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  
You need $150 million to send fat bureaucrats off to "conferences" at five star hotels and resorts where there's plenty of rich food and drink.

That's how you truly help the needy.

29 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
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The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  
But they're trying really really hard, until they figure out a way that money will just sit in our bank account.

29 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
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wambu     
I hear they're charging for donuts again.

29 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
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Snarfangel     

L.D. Ablo: You need $150 million to send fat bureaucrats off to "conferences" at five star hotels and resorts where there's plenty of rich food and drink.

That's how you truly help the needy.


But that's what we have government for!

29 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
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Nothing To See Here     
Call the Storm Troopers !

29 Nov 2012 12:55 PM
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KidneyStone     
But Obama is going to give everyone everything they need!

29 Nov 2012 12:57 PM
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themasterdebater     
Sorry, did someone forget that a non-profit is a business like every other business?

29 Nov 2012 12:57 PM
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occamswrist     
I'll get the money to the victims. Send me the money.

Can one of you tell the red cross they can send the money to me, please?

29 Nov 2012 12:58 PM
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maddogdelta     
Wow... there is a whole lot of stupid in this thread....

let's see... Storm is coming, what do we do? do we send aid to people right now and pay for that with funds we have right now? Well, that is how the Red Cross usually does business.

After the storm hits, people send money.Great! But the RC already paid for the aid they sent to Sandy victims. What do they do?

use the cash to pay for the next emergency you farking retards!

29 Nov 2012 12:59 PM
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Quinzy     

maddogdelta: Wow... there is a whole lot of stupid in this thread....

let's see... Storm is coming, what do we do? do we send aid to people right now and pay for that with funds we have right now? Well, that is how the Red Cross usually does business.

After the storm hits, people send money.Great! But the RC already paid for the aid they sent to Sandy victims. What do they do?

use the cash to pay for the next emergency you farking retards!



Except the article clearly states that while in the disaster area he did not see the original expenditure.

29 Nov 2012 01:01 PM
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ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
$ 150,000,000 and I'm GETTING MUTHERFARKING GREEN BEANS??!?!?!
/MF-ERS better be serving LOBSTERS!!!

29 Nov 2012 01:01 PM
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Kencyr     
That's the way the Red Cross operates. The key is preparedness: Have all the necessary equipment and supplies ready in advance of the disaster. Use the money from the previous disaster relief fund-raisers for this event and use the money gathered by Sandy fund-raisers for the next (and future) events.

//Wonders how many times he's read this article in some format or another.

29 Nov 2012 01:01 PM
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occamswrist     

maddogdelta: Wow... there is a whole lot of stupid in this thread....

let's see... Storm is coming, what do we do? do we send aid to people right now and pay for that with funds we have right now? Well, that is how the Red Cross usually does business.

After the storm hits, people send money.Great! But the RC already paid for the aid they sent to Sandy victims. What do they do?

use the cash to pay for the next emergency you farking retards!


Let me guess, you didn't read the article?

29 Nov 2012 01:03 PM
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FarkinHostile     
I will never, ever, EVER, give one red cent to an organized charity.

I will give my last dollar to someone I know is in need.

29 Nov 2012 01:04 PM
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KarmicDisaster    [TotalFark]  
It's easy, you load some expired cans of mushroom soup on a bus and drive to the disaster.

29 Nov 2012 01:04 PM
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Dr.Mxyzptlk.     
Send it to Gore and invest it in his green mutual funds and save us from future changes in the weather.

29 Nov 2012 01:05 PM
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Iceberg659     
From what I gather in TFA no one is questioning how donations to the Red Cross work. They are questioning what exactly they are doing on the ground.

I'm sure the Red Cross has a large presence in the area but it is a legitimate question to ask if you're counting on these organizations to provide relief.

29 Nov 2012 01:05 PM
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Pray 4 Mojo     
This is why you don't donate money to these relief groups... instead you just go wherever the disaster is right after it happens and dive around looking for people you can help.

Trust me... it's the best way. They only ask that people stay away to maintain their monopoly on the relief industry.

29 Nov 2012 01:07 PM
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Mega Steve     
Charity organization pockets donation money. News at 11

img11.hostingpics.net

29 Nov 2012 01:08 PM
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Martonio     
After every major disaster, it's same thing. Send $10 to 90blahblahblah...then the money never gets to the victims in a timely manner (if at all).

It happened during 9/11, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami...what made anyone think Superstorm Sandy would be any different?

Yes, I know the logistics of getting aid into a disaster area is somewhat complicated...but c'mon, it's the same damn gong show every time!

29 Nov 2012 01:09 PM
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imtheonlylp     
Just checked. I can fit at least 2.3 million in my SUV. I'd be glad to help.

29 Nov 2012 01:10 PM
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Smeggy Smurf     

FarkinHostile: I will never, ever, EVER, give one red cent to an organized charity.

I will give my last dollar to someone I know is in need.


The Smeggy Fund to disorganize slut clothing will accept your money, spread slutty clothing all over the floor, backs of chairs, ceiling fans, etc

29 Nov 2012 01:12 PM
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OldManDownDRoad     

FarkinHostile: I will never, ever, EVER, give one red cent to an organized charity.

I will give my last dollar to someone I know is in need.


Ages ago I remember my ol' man telling me: "Most charities have some guy at the top making $20,000 a year and sitting in a plush office. You'd be better off giving to a local charity or church that sponsors a clinic or something like that."

That was back when $20k was a pretty good paycheck - adjust for inflation, and the advice is still good.

Add to this list: charities with a political axe to grind. I quit volunteering for a national charity after my third or fourth lecture on how a certain political viewpoint was evil. Honestly, if I wanted lectures I'd visit the politics tab.

29 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
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maddogdelta     

occamswrist: Let me guess, you didn't read the article?


Let me guess. Anecdotal evidence from one guy on the ground means the Red Cross didn't do anything because a blah guy is in the white house and SOSHALUZM!

29 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
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ghostwind     
4.bp.blogspot.com

seems appropriate...

29 Nov 2012 01:14 PM
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stonelotus     
i1207.photobucket.com

29 Nov 2012 01:14 PM
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dwrash     
That barely covers their executives pay... come on people!... donate some more.

29 Nov 2012 01:14 PM
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TheBeastOfYuccaFlats    [TotalFark]  
Summary of the article: "I didn't personally see the Red Cross while I was out being (if I do say so myself) so super, but humbly, awesome. Therefore, because I have some unsourced comments about why I didn't personally see them, they did nearly nothing at all."

Certainly, this is journalism at its finest.

29 Nov 2012 01:15 PM
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occamswrist     

maddogdelta: occamswrist: Let me guess, you didn't read the article?

Let me guess. Anecdotal evidence from one guy on the ground means the Red Cross didn't do anything because a blah guy is in the white house and SOSHALUZM!


You caught me Sherlock.

29 Nov 2012 01:16 PM
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tkwasny     
Apparently many contributors didn't get the memo where it states over 90% of all monies collected are used to support the infrastructure of Red Cross offices keeping track of the things the other Red Cross offices do in a whirling dervish of paper pushing and office parties.

29 Nov 2012 01:17 PM
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Rwa2play    [TotalFark]  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Summary of the article: "I didn't personally see the Red Cross while I was out being (if I do say so myself) so super, but humbly, awesome. Therefore, because I have some unsourced comments about why I didn't personally see them, they did nearly nothing at all."

Certainly, this is journalism at its finest.


This; also: Great to see the "I GOT MINE, FARK YOU!" posters in this thread.

29 Nov 2012 01:18 PM
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Jimmysolson     
It's only $150,000,000.00, I don't think they could have hired a couple of helicopters and pilots to bring in relief supplies with that paltry sum.

29 Nov 2012 01:22 PM
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try fect taa daa     
150 million doesn't go a long way when the quadrant is home to almost that many people... Red Cross blew their rep after 9/11 and Katrina. Saw em both firsthand...

I wouldn't mind starting a charity. And yes, I'd pull a fat salary.

29 Nov 2012 01:24 PM
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RanDomino     
Iceberg659
I'm sure the Red Cross has a large presence in the area

What makes you so sure?

29 Nov 2012 01:30 PM
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Kanemano     
I guess these places are empty and no food or clothing are available

Sandy Feeding locations

29 Nov 2012 01:31 PM
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netringer    [TotalFark]  
Press release: "The Red Cross has distributed more than 300,000 relief items to victims..."

Like with Sears "101 piece" tool sets, that's 1000 boxes of Q-tips.

29 Nov 2012 01:33 PM
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Amos Quito     

themasterdebater: Sorry, did someone forget that a non-profit is a business like every other business?



Actually, the non-profits tend to be much more profitable.

29 Nov 2012 01:34 PM
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dryknife     
aofg.blogs.com

29 Nov 2012 01:35 PM
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OldManDownDRoad     

Amos Quito: themasterdebater: Sorry, did someone forget that a non-profit is a business like every other business?


Actually, the non-profits tend to be much more profitable.


Ab-so-farkin'-lutely.

Don't believe us? Go to your local non-profit, especially something like a state-supported school. Pull their IRS Form 990. Check out the salaries for the folks at the top.

29 Nov 2012 01:40 PM
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monoski     
Charity, the GOP's idea of a social net. What could possibly go wrong?

29 Nov 2012 01:42 PM
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rocinante721     
floor of my house was destroyed in Sandy (Long Beach NY)

Saw the Red Cross once, who asked if I needed food (which the Natl Guard was distributing). Not blankets or anything like that.

The Natl Guard, however, has been Johnny-on-the-spot during the whole ordeal, starting the day after the storm.

DO NOT GIVE TO RED CROSS.

29 Nov 2012 01:48 PM
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pjbreeze     
There are some non-profit charities that only take 10% percent of donations for administrative costs. The problem is they are not in the United States.

Tzu Chi is an awesome example.

29 Nov 2012 01:48 PM
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Jon iz teh kewl     

imtheonlylp: Just checked. I can fit at least 2.3 million in my SUV. I'd be glad to help.


why are u so eager to help?

29 Nov 2012 01:48 PM
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BarkingUnicorn    [TotalFark]  
Red Cross press release archive, if anyone's interested in their side of the story.

29 Nov 2012 01:50 PM
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Fibro     

BarkingUnicorn: Red Cross press release archive, if anyone's interested in their side of the story.


Wow, they picked the worst font on the internet for the "Public Still Plans to Give to Charities During the Holidays" section... ugh.

Also, press releases don't really count as a side to a story.

29 Nov 2012 01:56 PM
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Broom     

maddogdelta: Wow... there is a whole lot of stupid in this thread....

let's see... Storm is coming, what do we do? do we send aid to people right now and pay for that with funds we have right now? Well, that is how the Red Cross usually does business.

After the storm hits, people send money.Great! But the RC already paid for the aid they sent to Sandy victims. What do they do?

use the cash to pay for the next emergency you farking retards!


RTFA sometime, jackass. The Red Cross cannot be found in the Sandy disaster area, according to boots-on-the-ground responders ranging from city government to volunteers from other charities.

They aren't spending the aid sent specifically for Sandy, and despite your ignorance, that money is legally raised for Sandy relief, and can only be spent for Sandy relief - they lost a court case over their previous fraudulent fundraising on that issue.

What is more, they aren't spending any previously raised money, either. You claim they are spending money they already had in the bank, TFA has multiple witnesses WHO ARE ACTUALLY THERE saying they aren't spending anything at all.

Just collecting.

And letting other organizations do the real work. Which is consistent with what emergency volunteers have reported in the past, from several disaster sites.

Have your mommy read you the article. It's clearly not one of your skills.

29 Nov 2012 02:04 PM
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Broom     

pjbreeze: There are some non-profit charities that only take 10% percent of donations for administrative costs. The problem is they are not in the United States.


There are many charities that take 10% or less for admin fees. Brothers Brother takes less than 0.5% - over an order of magnitude better than your example.

29 Nov 2012 02:07 PM
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plumbicon     
Do your research, folks. My money goes to the Salvation Army.

29 Nov 2012 02:08 PM
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