The Red Cross in the United States is being put under pressure from the International Red Cross to stop accepting monetary donations from tobacco companies. By continuing to accept the donations from these harmful organizations, they put their international reputation at risk. Those major companies who produce cigarettes are currently donating money to the American Red Cross as a tax write off. In the world of healthcare, the tobacco money is regarded by many as dirty money.
US Red Cross Under Pressure To Stop Donations From Tobacco Companies
The American Red Cross accepts all monetary donations currently to provide food, clothing, shelter, and medical assistance to those in need across the US and around the world. Because of the amount of money that major disasters can require to assist, many charity organizations have never hesitated to take money from organizations whose aim undermines the group’s cause.
By ultimately stopping the intake of donations from the major tobacco companies, the financial impact on the American Red Cross will add up to millions of lost funds each year. There is no comment from the Red Cross on how exactly this will effect their current ability to provide aid. All in all, it will be hard for them to make up the difference through other means without some additional contributions from their current sources.
The American Red Cross came into existence in 1881, when its founder Clara Barton formally organized it. Barton had organized the American branch of the international organization after serving overseas in Europe. Its headquarters is established in Washington D.C.
US Red Cross Under Pressure To Stop Donations From Tobacco Companies.