Friday, February 01, 2008

Red Cross braces for huge staff cuts

updated 5:33 p.m. ET, Fri., Feb. 1, 2008

In its freshest set of troubles, the American Red Cross is cutting a third of the 3,000 jobs at its national headquarters in an overhaul intended to eliminate a $200 million deficit within two years.

The budget crisis is the latest blow to the 126-year-old Red Cross, America's foremost disaster-response organization, which was criticized for its handling of donations contributed after the Sept. 11 attacks
She also acknowledged that the Red Cross struggles to find steady fundraising. Donations surge during huge disasters like Katrina or last year's wildfires in California but generally subside thereafter — and the charity says its general disaster relief fund is now low.

"It's a challenge to continually remind the public that every day in America there's a disaster, a house fire, and the Red Cross is there, even though not all of them get the attention the wildfires did," DeFrancis said.

I couldn't understand all the criticism of the Red Cross for not using all of the donations designated for one disaster. It just makes sense that since they get more than they need for a widely publicized disaster, to save some of it for other disasters which need their help.

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