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Failing Disaster Victims

How one of the country’s most venerated charities has failed disaster victims, broken promises and made dubious claims of success.

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How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.

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Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’

Once again, there were appeals for donations to the Red Cross. And once again, local officials are saying the charity hasn’t delivered.

Red Cross ‘Failed for 12 Days’ After Historic Louisiana Floods

Documents show local officials were irate over the Red Cross’ poor response to the massive disaster.

Apple and Others Help Customers Donate to the Red Cross, And Only the Red Cross

Despite yet more evidence of trouble with the Red Cross’ disaster response — this time to floods in Louisiana — Apple, Amazon, T-Mobile, and many others have made the venerable charity the exclusive conduit for helping victims.

I Spent My Summer Tracking Down Government Records About the Red Cross

Here’s what I learned from my internship at ProPublica.

After Louisiana Flooding, the Red Cross Draws a Deluge of Complaints

Emergency managers in Louisiana turned to the Red Cross when record floods swept the state in March, but many say they received little help.

Senate Bill Would Force Red Cross to Open Books to Outside Oversight

Following reporting by ProPublica and NPR and an investigation by his staff, Sen. Charles Grassley introduces the American Red Cross Transparency Act.

We Want You to Help Report on the Red Cross

Introducing the Red Cross Reporting Network.

Senator: Red Cross Misled Congress, Refused To ‘Level With the People’ on Haiti Money

“One of the reasons they don't want to answer the questions is it's very embarrassing,” says Sen. Charles Grassley, who just finished a yearlong investigation of the Red Cross.

Congressman to Red Cross: ‘How Do You Get Lost Going to a Disaster Area?’

Rep. Bennie Thompson wants answers about the Red Cross’ performance.

After Mississippi Flooding, Red Cross Stumbles Again

The director of Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency called the Red Cross’ disaster response “marginal at best.”

Red Cross Donations Plummet and Deficit Spikes

The charity has its worst fundraising year since at least 2000.

Red Cross CEO Dodges Congressional Questions About Cuts Around the Country

Congressman Bennie Thompson, who asked the charity for details about cuts to services, says he is “troubled” by the lack of answers.

Congressman Presses Red Cross CEO For Answers On Impact of Downsizing

Rep. Bennie Thompson said it is “critical” for the Red Cross to act quickly in response to problems reported by ProPublica

‘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.

Red Cross CEO Tried to Kill Government Investigation

Despite public vows of transparency, CEO Gail McGovern lobbied a congressman to spike an inquiry by the Government Accountability Office.

Senator to Red Cross: Where’s the Transparency on Haiti?

“I still have a lot more questions for the Red Cross,” said Sen. Charles Grassley.

La Croix-Rouge ignorerait comment ont été dépensés des millions en Haïti

Les documents confidentiels soulèvent également des questions sur le nombre d’Haïtiens que la Croix-Rouge aurait aidés, déclarant que les chiffres avancés pour un projet seraient «peu représentatifss».

Confidential Documents: Red Cross Itself May Not Know How Millions Donated for Haiti Were Spent

The documents also raise questions about the accuracy of the Red Cross’ count of how many Haitians it helped, concluding the figures on one project were “fairly meaningless.”

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.

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