Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Charity frauds reach upper echelons as $500 million in contributions for Haiti lost in bureaucracy

As consumer watchdog groups follow in the footsteps of the great Ralph Nader, the realization that non-profit charities are more about big business than in aiding people has for a long time been a question on the minds of many.  And at the highest level of domestic and local charities is that of the Red Cross, who in a new report from June 6 showed that the incompetence of the organization’s massive bureaucracy lost track of nearly $500 million in donations that were supposed to go directly to the people of Haiti after the earthquake that totaled the island.
According to an investigation by NPR and ProPublica, $500 million in charitable contributions that were made immediately after the disaster, and that were publicly announced by the Red Cross to go for the rebuilding of hundreds of homes to provide shelter for close to 130,000 displaced residents, was squandered and ‘lost’, and they have no answer for what happened to most of that money.  And in five years time, only six homes have been built out of the promised 700 publicly announced by the organization.
 

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