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Non-Profit Report: The American Red Cross

Non-Profit Report: The American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, Western and Central New York Region is part of the national organization that provides disaster relief and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Clara Barton founded the first Red Cross chapter in the U.S. in Dansville, Livingston County, in 1881. Six weeks later, with the help of Susan B. Anthony, Barton founded the Greater Rochester Chapter. Today, local volunteers continue to honor Barton’s legacy by helping the people of Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties prevent, prepare for and respond to disaster.

The Red Cross provides 24-hour emergency assistance to people affected by fires, floods and other disasters. When a disaster occurs, Red Cross volunteers help provide victims with a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing and counseling.

The chapter works every day to ensure the local community is ready for a disaster by building a corps of volunteers and partners who are trained and able to activate immediately. At the same time, the Red Cross is pre-positioning supplies, making improvements to systems and helping to nurture the interagency and corporate collaboration that is essential to the community’s recovery following a disaster.

As one of the region’s largest educational providers, the Red Cross trains thousands of people each year in lifesaving skills through community and workplace courses offered throughout the area. Many certified courses fulfill Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, and some courses are offered in Spanish.

Available courses include: disaster preparedness, CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, water safety and NYS first aid for coaches.

Through a global communication and support network, the Red Cross also provides emergency services to support military families. The Red Cross connects families of active-duty, guard and reserve service members, relaying urgent messages to and from service members stationed anywhere in the world. The Red Cross also provides counseling, referrals and access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies.

The Red Cross is one of the largest providers of blood products to hospitals in New York, and the local chapter collects blood nearly every day through donations.

There are 22 employees, and Jeremy Bagley is executive director. The office is located at 50 Prince St., and the website is www.redcross.org/ny/rochester.

Financial record    Year ended Dec. 31, 2013
Revenue        %
Contracts    $2,209,967    25
Federated appeals    2,097,282    23
Monetary contributions     1,934,615    22
Legacies and bequests    1,171,985    13
Inter-Red Cross revenues    693,258    8
Net special events    556,218    6
Income from endowment    134,115    1
Other    144,752    1
Total revenue    $8,942,192    100

Expenses        %
Community services    $1,969,958    23
Disaster services    1,927,199    22
Fundraising    1,196,917    14
Facilities    1,155,152    14
General and administrative    988,735    11
Management    525,823    6
Volunteer management    499,324    5
Other    383,514    4
Total expenses    $8,646,622    100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses    $295,570

Board of Directors
Andrea DeMeo, chairwoman
Teresa Johnson, nominations chairwoman
John Morsch
Diana Clarkson
Joel DiMarco
Julie Bazan
Kristen Clark
Louise Ghatozzi
Jacqueline DiStefano
Leopold Dondiz
Charles Fitzimmons
Devandra Garg
Nikki Hamblin
Leslie Levy
Jean Maess
Katherine McClung
Bhoopinder Mehta
Colleen O’Brien
Lee Sommerman
Charles Vita
Honorary Life Members
Donald Adair
Bruce Bates
Nancy Cline
Linda Davey
Michael Holloway
John Horvath
Frederick Jefferson Jr.
Louis Langie Jr.
Jane Napier
Alan Resnick
Philip Saunders

—Researched by Lisa Granite
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