Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
At the latest count, over 1 billion dollars has been raised by donations of the public in the name of helping firefighters, police and other victims of the
Less than $3000 per family has been given out or allocated by these do good organizations. As was reported on the O'Reilly report, organizations like United way have not given any money at all even though they have collected
I am outraged at this so I am calling my senator and representative to demand a governmental inquiry and accounting. In my opinion this is a much bigger deal than the few gas stations who have spiked prices immediately following the attacks. Please do your part and start to ask where is the money? Who got it, where, when and why?
At the same time that some organizations have become unduly rich over this, most other philanthropic organizations have become poor and report that they have not received donations since
Rush Limbaugh, Oprah and O'Reilly have said they will stick with this story until all the money is accounted for, but it is clear that it is not going where we had intended it go.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON, AS I HAVE, TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. MAYBE WE WILL GET AN ANSWER FROM SOMEWHERE!
Origins: Americans (and others) have certainly opened their wallets as well as their hearts to help the victims of the
- Some 160 to 180 different charity organizations are involved in the relief effort, and each of them has administrative overhead to deal with: staff members to pay, office space to rent, and other costs associated with distributing funds.
- Bureaucratic red tape makes the application process cumbersome for many prospective charity recipients, especially when applicants have to contend with a variety of different rules and applications have to be coordinated with many other organizations to ensure that everyone who applies for relief is both qualified to receive it and hasn't already received similar payouts from other charities
- Donors do not have explicit control over how their contributions are used. Money donated with the understanding that it would be put into funds for the relief of
September 11victims may not necessarily end up in such a fund.
The Red Cross has responded to the allegations outlined above on its "Myths and Facts" page.
Media critics such as FOXNews' Bill O'Reilly have also taken the United Way to task for having distributed less than
Last updated: 8 March 2008
El Nasser, Haya. "Red Cross May Triple Aid to Victims." USA Today. 6 November 2001 (p. A2). Walker, William. "U.S. Red Cross to Be Audited." Toronto Star. 31 October 2001 (p. A16). The New York Times. "Charity and Red Tape." 30 October 2001 &nbps (p. A16). USA Today. "Red Cross Diverts Money Raised for Sept. 11 Victims." 30 October 2001 &nbps (p. A14).