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Human Services : Multipurpose Human Service Organizations

American Red Cross

Helping prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies

two stars

78.78

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 78.78 two stars
  Financial 70.00 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Results Information

Reported Results
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Total in 2016
Number of volunteers
313,889
Number of disaster responses
57,022
Number of services provided to military members, veterans and civilians
384,999
Number of persons enrolled in Preparedness and Health & Safety Services courses and app downloads
5,678,200
Number of international disaster survivors helped by the American Red Cross through the global Red Cross network
183,500,000
Number of blood donors
2,758,060
Number of people made safer through disaster education programs
546,586
Number of smoke alarms installed
353,129
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Financial

two stars

70.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
89.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.06
  Program Expenses Growth -7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 69.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $496,101,936
   Federated Campaigns $65,859,182
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $23,920,912
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $51,980,625
Total Contributions $637,862,655
   Program Service Revenue $1,878,941,932
Total Primary Revenue $2,516,804,587
   Other Revenue $101,398,665
TOTAL REVENUE $2,618,203,252
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,393,557,816
   Administrative Expenses $116,370,322
   Fundraising Expenses $169,675,811
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,679,603,949
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-61,400,697
   
Net Assets $985,672,857

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$502,364 0.01% Gail J. McGovern President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$598,237 0.02% Benjamin Spindler CEO, Delta Blood Bank
$572,646 0.02% Greg Williamson Chief Investment Officer
$509,960 0.01% Shaun Gilmore President, Biomedical Services

Mission

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) 78.78 two stars
City Year (MA) 93.78 four stars
SBP (LA) 93.66 four stars
Christian Relief Services Charities (VA) 86.70 three stars
New York Cares (NY) 89.63 three stars

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Official Charity Response

The financial position of the American Red Cross has remained steady and positive in FY15, FY16 and FY17. Yet our financial rating with Charity Navigator dropped in FY16 for several reasons:

  • In FY16, the American Red Cross was still reducing expenses in our Biomedical Services to keep up with the precipitous drop in demand for blood and blood products from hospitals. All blood bankers were experiencing this decline, and we took aggressive steps to become a low-cost provider so we could keep blood on the shelves. That is a good thing, but it counts against us in Charity Navigator’s current scoring, which isn’t built to consider a situation like this where improved efficiencies result in an organization spending less on program expenses while still delivering the necessary services.
  • Another factor specific to FY16 was the decline in our unrestricted net assets, which significantly lowered Charity Navigator’s working capital score. In FY16, we had $424 million in negative unrestricted net assets. This was a required calculation of total liabilities versus only certain or some assets. However, when you compared all of our assets to all our liabilities, we had positive, not negative, net assets. Our FY16 liabilities to assets ratio was mainly due to the change in U.S. mortality rates that increased the pension liability. The drop in interest rates at the end of FY16 was also a contributing factor.

While FY16 had some differences from other years, it did not affect our overall financial health.  We had a strong performance in FY17, finishing the year with a budget surplus. We have already filed our FY17 Form 990 with the IRS.

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