Thank you for contacting the American Red Cross to share your concerns.
The information you received is completely false.
Regarding the International Response Fund, up to 9% management and
governance costs are applied by the American Red Cross, with at least
91 cents of every dollar going directly to the International disaster
At least 89 cents of every dollar donated to the American Red Cross
goes directly to disaster relief efforts. These services include
providing shelter, food, financial support, health and mental health
counseling, maintaining a 24-hour toll-free hotline, costs associated
with Emergency Response Vehicles, and other assistance to those in need.
No more than 11 cents of each dollar is used to cover the management
and general expenses associated with operating the American Red Cross.
These expenses include items such as legal services, insurance,
technology support, public information and awareness, stewardship
costs such as audit fees, fundraising expenses, and other management
The goal of maximizing donations is ambitious, and the Red Cross
continues to rise to the challenge as evidenced by being named a
"four-star charity" by the non-profit site Charity Navigator for the
fifth consecutive year.
Found online at www.charitynavigator.org, Charity Navigator is an
independent charity evaluator that provides unbiased ratings of a huge
number of charities spanning the spectrum of causes to be supported.
The non-profit group was founded in 2001 on the premise that, while
Americans are generous and wish to make charitable contributions, many
are unsure where to start.
American Red Cross Public Inquiry/R