Calling all Surfers: Restore the Core // 2:17

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Hurricane Sandy has long passed, but her wake of destruction is still very evident

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  • Rog

    Outstanding with the exception of the Red Cross being involved. The RC is a money pit/grab…..they still have 70 million in their bank accounts that was donated to them for the Haiti disaster. The Red Cross raised more than $2 billion for Hurricane Katrina-related giving subsides. That’s $7,000 per victim. I doubt each victim under Red Cross care will see more than a doughnut, an interview with a social worker and a short-term voucher for a cheap motel, with a few miscellaneous items such as clothes and cooking pots thrown in. The national Red Cross reports it spent $111 million last year on fundraising alone. And it’s hard to escape the organization’s warning of Armageddon if you don’t call in a credit card number or send a check or donate blood (which it resells to the tune of more than $1.5 billion annually, part of its $3 billion in income). After 9/11, the Red Cross collected more than $1 billion, a record at the time in philanthropic fundraising after a disaster. But the Red Cross did little more than trace missing people, help a handful of people in shelters and provide food to firefighters, police, paramedics and evacuation crews during that catastrophe. Where did the $1 billion go? The organization also ran into trouble after the 1989 San Francisco Bay Area earthquake when it was revealed that it planned to spend only a fraction of the millions of dollars it had collected in the area damaged by the earthquake. When the Bay Area’s mayors found out, they insisted that these funds be spent on housing, homeless shelters and health clinics. So why should we give so high a percentage of donations to one agency that defines itself only as a first-responder and not a rebuilder? This is not the wisest choice. Americans ought to give a much larger share of their generous charity to community foundations, grass-roots nonprofit groups based in the affected communities and a large number of international “brand name” relief agencies with decades of expertise in rebuilding communities after disasters. THE WORST OFFENDERS: UNICEF – CEO, Anthony Lake….receives $1,200,000 per year, (plus use of a Royal Royce for his exclusive use where ever he goes, and an expense account that is rumored to be well over $150,000.) Only pennies from the actual donations goes to the UNICEF cause (less than $0.14 per dollar of income). The second worst offender is Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross…for her salary for the year ending in 2011 was $651,957 plus expenses. Enjoys 6 weeks – fully paid holidays including all related expenses during the holiday trip for her and her husband and kids. including 100% fully paid health & dental plan for her and her family, for life. This means out of every dollar they bring in, about $0.29 goes to related charity causes. The third worst offender is Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way receives a $375,000 base salary (U.S. funds), plus so many numerous expense benefits it’s hard to keep track as to what it is all worth, including a fully paid lifetime membership for 2 golf courses (1 in Canada, and 1 in the U.S.A.), 2 luxury vehicles, a yacht club membership, 3 major company gold credit cards for his personal expenses…and so on. This equates to about $0.31 per dollar of income goes to charity causes.
    The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.

  • Héctor