Revealing NPR Story for all Non-Profits: The American Red Cross and Haiti

NPR has just released a revealing story that I share because although its focus is on how the American Red Cross handled 500 million dollars in donations for Haitian earthquake relief, it really is a map of a lot of the dysfunction that exists in many non-profits and organizations whose stated goals are to help people in need of some sort. These groups should be commended for “fighting the good fight” and we should find ways to support organizations that serve a social good, but the story should also serve as a mirror, a professional and organizational development tool, and a measure of quality to hold these groups accountable for, to ensure the group does not fall into the trap of bureaucracy, glossy pamphlets and professional conference presentations, and excluding local voices, labor, economy and experts of culture and language into projects that seek to help them.

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