I have been involved with the Red Cross since I was 13 years old and my Red Cross training helped me save a friend during an emergency.
Read my Red Cross story here:
Where does the money go?
One of the things that I love about the Red Cross is how transparent they are about where the funding goes - 91 cents for every dollar goes to programming! Sending out stewardship reports after disasters every 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and after 2 years. Their full IRS 990 is published online, goes through two independent audits and ultimately reported to Congress.