Updated: May 29, 2020
By: BIANCA BARDEN
FEBRUARY 24, 2020
One of the biggest complaints from the general public has been how the money is being spent by the charities. The Salvation Army was no exception to the perception that as a charity they too were putting a portion of the money they received into administrative costs, and/or delaying giving the money to those in desperate genuine need.
The Salvation Army is a little different to the St Vinnies and Red Cross appeals. When people originally donate to the Salvation Army, they initially do so by way of pledge, (an undertaking to make good on your promise to donate money) at a later date. In other words, whilst the Salvation Army made the claim they had received a total of $43 million dollars, it was at that time only ‘pledged’ money. The actual amount of money actually received by the Salvation Army is far less, while they wait hopefully that people will honour the pledges they made.
As of the 11th February, the Salvation Army has actually received more than $18 million of money pledged. Of that $18m, the Salvos have distributed $11.9m. More than $7,064,000 has gone towards immediate emergency relief efforts for first responders and evacuees, while $4.86 million has