Red Cross Still Hasn’t Spent $110M of $300M in Sandy Donations

NBC 10 reports: “Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn’t spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm, a strategy the organization says will help address needs that weren’t immediately apparent in the disaster’s wake.”

Several disaster relief activists and experts aren’t happy, however, arguing that spending money en masse quickly is exactly what the Red Cross is meant to do. “People were cold. Homes mildewed. There wasn’t enough decent housing,” said Kathleen McCarthy, director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York. “Given the lingering despair, it’s hard to understand the argument that ‘We are setting that money aside.’”