6 Facts About the American Red Cross


The American Red Cross, also known as The American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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It is the designated US affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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The organization offers services in four other areas: communications services and comfort for military service and family members; the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products; educational programs on preparedness, health and safety; and international relief and development programs.


The group was Issued a corporate charter by the United States Congress under Title 36 of the United States Code, Section 3001.

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States consisting of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Title 36 of the United States Code outlines the role of Patriotic Societies and Observances in the United States Code.


It is governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, income from health and safety training and products and income from blood products.

A donation is a gift given by physical or legal persons, typically for charitable purposes and/or to benefit a cause.


The group is headquartered in Washington, D. C. As of 2016 the Board Chair was Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and the President and Chief Executive Officer was Gail J. McGovern.

Mary Bonneau "Bonnie" McElveen-Hunter is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, diplomat and socialite who is the first female Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross.

Gail J. McGovern is an American business person, who became President and CEO of the American Red Cross on June 23, 2008.

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