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Your Call: How do relief organizations spend and distribute your donations?



When disasters happen, what's the best way to help? Most people go online and send money to organizations, large and small. How is that money spent? Over the years, there have been many questions about how large aid organizations like the Red Cross spend donations.


Social media and crowdfunding provide new donation models. With communities across the globe reeling from hurricanes and fires, what’s the best way to get involved? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Justin Elliott, reporter for ProPublica who covers the American Red Cross

Sara Nason, marketing manager with Charity Navigator

Elece Hempel, executive director of the Petaluma People Service Center

Richard Swart, visiting fellow at UC Irvine who studies alternative ways to give


Web Resources:

Petaluma People Service Center

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Charity Navigator

Charity Watch


NY Times: How to Decide Where to Donate Your Money After Disasters

SF Chronicle: Crowdfunding sites raise millions for fire recovery but stir controversy


ProPublica: Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’

ProPublica: The Red Cross' Secret Disaster

Capital Research Center: The Red Cross Isn't Doing its Job in Natural Disasters 

Slate: The Red Cross Won't Save Houston

NBC: Red Cross Responds to Backlash with $400 Emergency Harvey Relief

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Donations to North Bay Fire Relief Fund top $10 million

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Online petition to GoFundMe: Drop fees for fire relief



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.