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American Red Cross

Helping prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies

85.01

431 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
tel: (800) 733-2767   Web Site
EIN: 53-0196605

Board Leadership
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Gail McGovern
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.01
  Financial 80.00
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

80.00

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
90.5%
  Administrative Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.36
  Program Expenses Growth -4.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 48.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Red Cross on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Red Cross on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Red Cross (DC) 85.01
Christian Relief Services Charities (VA) 88.41
Convoy of Hope (MO) 94.69
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers (NY) 92.92
WhyHunger (NY) 89.11

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Red Cross (DC) 85.01
Feeding America (IL) 92.61
Habitat for Humanity International (GA) 81.72
Convoy of Hope (MO) 94.69
Lions Clubs International Foundation (IL) 94.02

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Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. We bring shelter, food and comfort to those affected by disasters, large and small. We collect lifesaving donated blood and supply it to patients in need. We provide support to our men and women in military bases around the world, and to the families they leave behind. We train communities in CPR, first aid and other skills that save lives. And we assist our neighbors abroad with critical disaster response, preparedness and disease prevention efforts. We are able to do all this by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $607,173,932
   Federated Campaigns $103,739,515
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $23,722,145
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $53,590,606
Total Contributions $788,226,198
   Program Service Revenue $2,019,244,653
Total Primary Revenue $2,807,470,851
   Other Revenue $166,662,985
TOTAL REVENUE $2,974,133,836
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,754,650,090
   Administrative Expenses $109,354,268
   Fundraising Expenses $183,222,849
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,047,227,207
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-73,093,371
   
Net Assets $1,960,758,478

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Biomedical Services $1,979,895,073 71.9%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.01
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 80.98
2014-06 05/01/2015 80.05
2013-06 07/01/2014 85.25
2012-06 09/01/2013 86.46
2011-06 06/01/2012 89.64
2010-06 09/20/2011 92.24
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 86.86
2009-06 06/01/2010 85.48
2008-06 09/01/2009 84.62
2007-06 12/01/2008 79.62
2006-06 11/01/2007 99.40
2005-06 10/01/2006 95.37
2004-06 08/01/2005 90.36
2003-06 08/01/2004 94.11
2002-06 06/09/2003 96.63
2001-06 10/15/2002 94.04

Watchlist History

Date Listed Date Removed  
2014-Nov-11 2016-Jan-08 View details

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 53-0196605
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS
NTEE Code P21
NTEE Classification American Red Cross
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (902) Emergency or disaster aid fund
(561) Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Central - the organization is a central type organization (no group exemption) of a National, Regional or Geographic grouping of organizations.
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1938
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011
  • June, 2010

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$562,364 0.01% Gail J. McGovern President, CEO

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. We bring shelter, food and comfort to those affected by disasters, large and small. We collect lifesaving donated blood and supply it to patients in need. We provide support to our men and women in military bases around the world, and to the families they leave behind. We train communities in CPR, first aid and other skills that save lives. And we assist our neighbors abroad with critical disaster response, preparedness and disease prevention efforts. We are able to do all this by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Red Cross (DC) 85.01
Christian Relief Services Charities (VA) 88.41
All Hands Volunteers (MA) 93.61
Help the Children (CA) 87.62
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers (NY) 92.92

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Red Cross (DC) 85.01
Feeding America (IL) 92.61
Habitat for Humanity International (GA) 81.72
Convoy of Hope (MO) 94.69
Lions Clubs International Foundation (IL) 94.02

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American Red Cross is on Charity Navigator's Watchlist
Here's why:

 

  • On October 29, 2014, ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR) published a joint investigative article that was critical of the disaster response efforts of the American Red Cross during hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in 2012. 

For more information: ProPublica article


  • The American Red Cross provided a response to the ProPublica/NPR joint investigative article.

For more information: Please click here


  • On January 8th, 2015, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa “has asked the American Red Cross to explain how it calculates figures showing how much of a donated dollar goes to services after recent media reports uncovered apparent discrepancies in how the organization portrays its overhead costs.” The article goes on to say that the organization is also undergoing an audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the charity’s disaster-response activities.   

For more information: The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • On February 18, 2015, ProPublica published an article in response to a request from the American Red Cross to issue corrections to the stories about its response to Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. ProPublica states that it “stands by [the] reporting and have found no instances of errors.”  

For more information: ProPublica article


  • On June 3, 2015, ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR) published a joint investigative article stating, "The Red Cross won’t disclose details of how it has spent the hundreds of millions of dollars donated for Haiti [...] The Red Cross’ public reports offer only broad categories about where $488 million in donations has gone. The article states, "Soon after the earthquake, McGovern, the Red Cross CEO, said the group would make sure donors knew exactly what happened to their money, [...yet] it has declined repeated requests to disclose the specific projects, to explain how much money went to each or to say what the results of each project were." For more information see the ProPublica report.

For more information: ProPublica article


  • On June 3, 2015, The Red Cross released an official statement responding to the article. It states, “The Red Cross is disappointed, once again, by the lack of balance, context and accuracy in the most recent reporting by ProPublica/NPR, which follows the pattern of all their previous Red Cross stories. It is particularly disappointing to see our work misrepresented considering we answered more than 100 questions in writing and provided an interview with the head of our international programs.”

For more information: Please Click Here


  • On June 8, 2015, Democratic Representative Rick Nolan of Minnesota issued a press release stating he "called for Congressional hearings to give the American Red Cross the opportunity to clear the air over a National Public Radio (NPR)/ProPublica report. [...] In a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Nolan pointed out that while the Red Cross is not a federal agency, it is a 'Federal Instrumentality' chartered by Congress to maintain a domestic and international system of disaster relief." 

For more information: Representative Nolan's Press Release


  • On July 23, 2015, The Chronicle of Philanthropy published an article titled, "Red Cross Response on Haiti Further Inflames Sen. Grassley"

For more information: The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • On July 24, 2015, The Chronicle of Philanthropy published an article titled, "Some Nonprofits Misuse Contracts to Hide Activities, Say Experts"

For more information: The Chronicle of Philanthropy


  • On September 16, 2015, Rep. Bennie Thompson introduced the American Red Cross Sunshine Act

For more information: Congress.gov


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Charity Contact Info

American Red Cross
431 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (800) 733-2767
TTY: (800) 220-4095
EIN: 53-0196605

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 37839
Boone, IA 50037

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Board Leadership

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Gail McGovern
President, CEO


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