Red Cross will direct all funds collected to tsunami relief: Heading off any controversy like one it was involved in regarding the handling of contributions after September 11, the Red Cross has issued a press release assuring contributors that funds contributed for tsunami relief will be used for just that. “The American Red Cross will be as transparent as possible. I want to assure donors that their intent will be honored and their contributions to the International Response Fund will be used to meet the needs of earthquake victims in the days, week and months ahead,” American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans said in a press release earlier today.
In the days following the September 11 attack, over one-half billion dollars was contributed to the Red Cross’ “Liberty Fund.” After first indicating that not all of the funds would go to the victims’ and their families, but rather would be used to prepare for future terrorist attacks, a public outcry led to a change in plans by the Red Cross.
In the first three days after the earthquake, the Red Cross said it had received $18 million in contributions. As of 11:55 p.m. tonight, the Amazon.com-customer Red Cross contribution page was within $50,000 of $7 million from over 103,000 contributors.