I was disappointed and disgusted with the Red Cross's handling of 9/11. Although I appreciate that the national organization has made some efforts to restructure how they handle money--and the departure of CEO Bernadine Healy was a big step in the right direction.
However, 60 Minutes II
just did a segment last week on the San Diego branch of the ARC, whose horrendous mishandling of a major local disaster had resulted in public outrage, much unfavorable publicity, an investigation by the national organization and the summary dismissal of every single member
of San Diego's board of directors. The piece pointed out that the local branches have minimal contact with and virtually no accountability (financial or otherwise) to the national organization.
That, to me, seems to be a rather glaring systemic problem. To be honest, after watching that piece, in addition to the Liberty Fund mess, I've decided I will be donating to local organizations--and NOT the local Red Cross--from now on. I sincerely doubt I would ever trust them with my money again.