On May 3,
Now the fire is out, the people have returned to Fort McMurray, and the overwhelming job of rebuilding begins. While life goes on, it's important to remember Fort McMurray and track that donations are spent quickly and effectively. Evaluating and monitoring are critical in intelligent giving.
Canadian Red Cross and other charities that responded will post donor reports in the months and years ahead. Charity Intelligence will
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Charity Intelligence reports on Fort McMurray:
Fort McMurray Actual 2 Year
Charity Intelligence 2 Year Update Canadian Red Cross released its 2 Year Donor Report. Too few donors evaluate disaster response and, as such, reporting is typically poor. Perhaps if more Canadians read these reports, charities would see that information is valued and improve reporting. Posted May 2, 2018, updated May 3, 2018
Not So Fast: Fort McMurray 1 Year Update Canadian Red Cross announced 1-year results on its Fort McMurray's disaster response. It reports 75% of total funds received are spent and committed. This would be
For the 5 1/3 months ending April 2017, CRC reports:
- $26 million financial lifeline to Fort McMurray small businesses. This has been superbly executed with the entire $30 million commitment completed in 10 months.
- $18 million for individuals and families. Canadian Red Cross does not disclose information about its programs over this period; its timeline is blank on activities after November 3. New numbers released raise concerns as calls for aid rose by over 40,000 (37%) and families receiving housing support rose by 2,900 (32%). This could show a spike in demand for help, or simply be old numbers updated with new information.
- $17 million granted/committed to local charities and community organizations is going slower than hoped. Fuse Social's independent surveys show many Fort McMurray's small charities remain in financial need after the fire.
Disaster response is one of the trickiest areas for intelligent giving. When
Fort McMurray 6 Month Update – In the most recent three months, Canadian Red Cross received an additional $20 million in donations and spent $21 million. Spending was primarily on Red Cross programs ($16 million). Canadian Red Cross is doing one-to-one needs assessments. So far it has completed 13,310 client assessments, providing 9,000 families with money for temporary housing, rent, mortgage
Fort McMurray 3 Month Update Canadian Red Cross announced new spending commitments of $92 million. New commitments include $62 million for more Canadian Red Cross programs and $26 million to Fort McMurray's small and mid-sized businesses. This allocates the full $299 million in donations and matching government funds. Now the challenge is to move from commitments to execution. After fast disaster response in May, spending slowed. To date, $165 million has been spent - 55% of
Fort McMurray 2 Month Update The disaster phase is over. Fort McMurray now transitions to the relief and rebuilding phase. To date, 45% of donations and grants spent,
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Canadian Red Cross audited financial statements, year-end results for