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The American Red Cross of Rhode Island provides assistance to families in need … free of charge … every single day! We are not a government agency, and therefore rely on the generosity of Rhode Islanders to provide these vital services.

By making a contribution to the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, you are helping our volunteers respond to disasters and save lives. Thanks to you, when Rhode Islanders have no where else to turn, the Red Cross will be there to help.

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American Red Cross of Rhode Island SPECIAL GIVING LEVELS
When giving you may want to consider one of our special giving levels, automatically entering you into that respective American Red Cross Society.

However and whatever you choose to give, you support the ongoing efforts of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide much-needed services throughout our entire state.

The Henry Dunant Society

The Clara Barton Society

The Honor Society

The Legacy Society

Thank you so much for your gift!

  • The Henry Dunant Society
    A cumulative lifetime giving total of $50,000 or more.
  • The Clara Barton Society
    An annual unrestricted gift of $1000 or more.
    Leadership Circle - $1,000 to $2,499
    Chairman's Circle - $2,500 to $4,999
    Director's Circle - $5,000 to $9,999
    Governor's Circle - $10,000 to $19,999
    Founder's Circle - $20,000 or more
  • The Honor Society
    An annual, unrestricted gift between $250 and $999.
  • The Legacy Society
    The Red Cross honors every planned gift donor with membership in The Legacy Society. The American Red Cross is the living legacy of selfless, compassionate visionaries who turned their humanitarian ideals into practical aid for those in urgent need.

American Red Cross of Rhode Island ACCOUNTABILITY AND INTEGRITY
People demand and deserve accountability from the organizations they chose to help. The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross is proud of our integrity, and strives to be highly accountable to the people and communities we serve.  Here's a look at some important facts about the Red Cross' record of stewardship that you may find interesting…

Where Do Your Dollars Go?
The chapter is steadfastly committed to honoring the intended purposes of donors' contributions. Donations marked for large national disasters are forwarded directly to the National Disaster Relief fund, which is used to pay for emergency relief operations when disasters strike in the United States. Undesignated donations are used to meet local needs in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts communities, including local disaster relief. Donations that are designated for specific local programs are restricted to those initiatives. If a donor's wishes are unclear, we contact the donor to ask for further instructions.

The bottom line is that your local Red Cross takes all steps necessary to understand and honor the intended purposes of your contribution. Donors can contact us at (401) 831-7700 or by email at [email protected] with any questions they may have in this regard.

A Four Star Independent Rating
With so many charities competing for donor dollars, it's hard to know which ones are reputable: that's why third-party reviews of nonprofit organizations are so valuable to donors.  With independent analysis of the finances of 1,700 organizations, one of the best-respected charity watchdogs is The Red Cross is proud to have received CharityNavigator's highest rating – four stars.

In addition, Worth Magazine places the Red Cross among the nation's best Human Service Charities in its annual "America's Top 100 Charities" review. Click this link to read Worth's article.

Do we sell, rent or trade your information?

Absolutely not. The Rhode Island Chapter is committed to ensuring that our donors' names are not shared with other organizations or individuals. We believe in and respect your privacy.  Your name may be listed for recognition on our website and annual report. If you prefer to remain anonymous please call Kristin at (401) 831-7700 x106.

Setting the Record Straight on the Red Cross and 9/11
The unprecedented events of 9/11 inspired an overwhelming response from donors, the likes of which we have never seen. Much has been written and aired about the manner in which the Red Cross collected and distributed funds. Some of what's been said is accurate; most is not. Nevertheless, the Red Cross acknowledges the need for complete accountability in its post-9/11 actions, and the national organization has taken the following steps to insure the highest standard of integrity:

  • Shortly after 9/11, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell agreed to serve as Independent Overseer of the Liberty Fund, and has produced quarterly audits of Red Cross fund distribution to ensure that funds are being used in an appropriate and effective manner. Senator Mitchell's most recent report is available online at the following link:
  • On the first anniversary of the attacks, Red Cross national headquarters released a detailed report on 9/11 relief operations, including an accounting of all expenditures. This substantial document is available to the general public online through the national Red Cross website at:
  • Locally, our chapter was a conduit for more than $3 million in local donations to the Red Cross' 9/11 relief efforts. Those funds became part of the national Liberty Fund, which is the subject of the previously mentioned accountability measures.

Questions or Comments?
Please feel free to direct questions about the Red Cross to your local chapter at (401) 831-7700. We will be happy to respond as best we can!

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