Is Red Cross the best place for Houston donations?
I asked a friend from Houston what the best thing to do if people wanted to help after the flood. He said the best thing was to just donate to the Red Cross. He may well be right.
Then I read this article, which a FB friend posted. I don’t know what the answer is, but I’ve seen other posts urging people to donate to local charities. While some folks have issues with the sometimes sensationalized Huffington Post, this article originally appeared in the well-researched, reader-funder ProPublica, which also regularly furnishes the NY Times with articles. Haiti is not Houston, and one problem that the Red Cross had in Haiti is that they didn’t hire enough people who spoke the language there to be effective. I certainly don’t know how donations to Haiti or Houston are allocated. But if you’re decent enough to help the people of Houston, you may want to do a little research to make sure it does the most good that it can.
An excerpt: “The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.
After the earthquake, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern unveiled ambitious plans to “develop brand-new communities.” None have ever been built.
Aid organizations from around the world have struggled after the earthquake in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. But ProPublica and NPR’s investigation shows that many of the Red Cross’s failings in Haiti are of its own making. They are also part of a larger pattern in which the organization has botched delivery of aid after disasters such as Superstorm Sandy. Despite its difficulties, the Red Cross remains the charity of choice for ordinary Americans and corporations alike after natural disasters.”
Red Cross Built Exactly 6 Homes For Haiti With Nearly Half A Billion Dollars In Donations