Founded by Ms. Clara Barton in May 1881 after her service to soldiers in battle during the Civil War, the American Red Cross today has 264 local Chapters across the United States and works globally with Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in 190 countries, making it the largest humanitarian network in the world.
Today, The American Red Cross’ 21,124 employees and 300,000 volunteers concentrate our efforts in addressing five (5) major areas of concern throughout the world:
1. Disaster preparedness, response, and recovery – We respond to 64,000 disasters per year, the great majority of which are single-family and multi-family home fires.
2. Service to the Armed Forces – We offer global support to 714,000 military members, veterans, and their families annually.
3. Preparedness, health, and safety services – We provide comprehensive life-saving and water safety classes for 5.9 million people annually.
4. Biomedical services – We are the single largest provider of blood and blood products in the nation, collecting 4.9 million units of blood annually and providing 40% of the U.S. blood supply to 2,600 medical facilities.
5. International relief and development – We collaborate with nearly 200 Red Cross, Red Crescent, and similar agencies worldwide providing disaster relief, community development, and disease prevention for 137 million people.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.