Disaster Relief American Red Cross

New Report Casts Doubt On Red Cross’ Claims About How Donation Money Is Spent

The American Red Cross has repeatedly touted that 91 cents out of every dollar donated is used to help those in need. But a new report from the independent, non-profit news group ProPublica shows those numbers are very misleading.



Commercial Fundraisers Eat Up Nearly Half Of Charitable Donations In California

A report by the California Attorney General’s office finds only 51 percent of the donations collected by professional fundraisers winds up in the hands of the charity soliciting contributions.


Waste No Food, started by Kiran Sridhar when he was just 12, connects restaurants that have extra food with charities that need it.

Bay Area Teen Takes Innovative Approach To Helping The Hungry

Waste No Food connects restaurants that have excess food with charities that need it, all to help the hungry.


A Chase Bank branch. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

2 Bay Area Charities Named ‘Chase Community’ Winners

Two Bay Area charities were named as winners of the Chase Community Giving campaign.

CBS San Francisco–05/28/2011

A Shell gas station customer pumps gas in Menlo Park (AP)

High Gas Prices Hit South Bay Food Banks Hard

With gas hitting $4.50 a gallon, it’s a huge additional expense for Bay Area food banks, said Tami Cardenas with the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose.


Local residents watch the devastation provoked by a tsunami tidal wave smashing vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Charities Seek Donations For Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims

Bay Area charities encouraged people to donate money to assist the response to a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Thursday night.

CBS San Francisco–03/11/2011

San Francisco International Airport. (CBS)

SFO To Evict Charities Soliciting Donations

San Francisco International Airport is set to evict all charities soliciting donations on airport property.


2010 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Annual Turkey Trot Hits The Streets Of San Jose

Thousands of runners braved the chilly Thanksgiving morning to take part in the annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thursday.


Residents wear masks to protect themselves on the street on October 25, 2010 in St. Marc, Haiti. (Sophia Paris/MINUSTAH/Getty Images)

Humanitarians Honored In San Francisco For Global Charity Work

Even as they were honored in San Francisco, at least one honoree’s thoughts were elsewhere – in particular, Haiti, which struggled to cope with a deadly outbreak of cholera.


Salvation Army Holds Toy Giveaway For Families in San Francisco in 2008. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Annual Ranking Shows Charitable Contributions Plummeting

The economic downturn took an incredible toll on the country’s biggest charities. A new report showed the steepest decline in donations in two decades.