Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering across the globe. Currently, they are tasked by the U.S. Government to provide aid to the American armed forces, their families, and to anyone in need worldwide.

The Red Cross responds to an average of one disaster every 8 minutes, including home fires, hurricanes, wildfires, and more. Additionally, the Red Cross is one of the largest blood suppliers, supplying approximately 40% of the nation’s blood supply. Moreover, the Red Cross also offers a wide array of trainings, such as CPR and Lifeguard classes.

The Red Cross’ mission is vast, spanning not only the United States but also the globe. Over 200 countries have either a Red Cross society, and 1 in every 65 people is helped by a Red Cross team each year.

Fundamental Principles


The purpose of the Red Cross is to protect life and health and ensure respect for the human being.


The Red Cross makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political opinions.


The Red Cross does not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies.


The Red Cross maintains its autonomy from national governments.

Voluntary Service

The Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement with no desire for gain.


There may only be one Red Cross society in any one country.


The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status.