Las Cruces Red Cross chapter shows si...

Las Cruces Red Cross chapter shows signs of revival (4 p.m.)

There are 6 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Apr 12, 2008, titled Las Cruces Red Cross chapter shows signs of revival (4 p.m.). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The Las Cruces office of the Red Cross is bouncing back after narrowly avoiding turning its financially strapped operation over to the El Paso chapter.

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Clorice Gonzalez-Velez

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Apr 12, 2008
Hey Las Cruces Red Cross, you have still not explained why a charity like the Southwestern Chapter of the Red Cross in Las Cruces, New Mexico would refuse a $50 thousand dollar donation and fund raising help from my nephew Fred Brito.
You should at least be forthright and honest with the community you serve. Tell them why you refused his help and his money.
It was because he is an ex-offender and was trying to do something good to help keep your doors open and save the employees jobs. But you (the Red Cross) refused it.
The Las Cruces Sun News is a fraud newspaper. It is just waiting to print a huge story about my nephew the minute he does something wrong.
Don't hold your breath. He is making a lot of money, and doing very well, thank you very much.
The fact that he was giving the Red Cross $50 thousand dollars never made the news, much less the fact that it was refused and why. The Sun News discriminates. It loves to print BAD news. But GOOD news? Forget it.
However, if my nephew had written a BAD CHECK, it would have been in all the newspapers world wide. It just goes to show you how stupid some people are.
The Editors of both the Las Cruces Sun News and The Las Cruces Bulletin are all pathetic losers.
I am just so happy I don't live in Las Cruces anymore. The city gives me the creeps.
What the Red Cross did is called discrimination. If you ever made a mistake in your life and the Red Cross knows about it, trust me, you won't get ANY HELP from them.
My nephews money is just as GREEN as yours honey.
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you sure can't fool me.
Jack Rokowski

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Apr 12, 2008
It's sadly pathetic to see that not only Las Cruces Red Cross has been ran so incompetently that it almost ended in bankruptcy, but when the private citizen offered helping hand, they turned around and proudly announced they didn't want to have anything to do with a guy who spent time behind bars......Interesting position for an organization helping wounded ones. Of course Las Cruces Sun News, facing serious financial problems themselves, keeps on kissing rears , and publishing what's ordered by masters, not what's truthÂ….
El Paso Business owner

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Apr 12, 2008
I can't understand how this person is running the LC Red Cross. She has a history of being one very sleezy B**ch. She will sleep with anyone. I should know.

How did she get this job? In her personal life, she is a complete rip-off artists. BEWARE RED CROSS, she has things in her closet you DON'T want to know.
Mark E Jameson MEd


#4 Apr 12, 2008
"It goes back to fundraising and building a relationship with our donors," she said. "We need to get the community's financial support and community volunteers to serve the community."
Bullshit...Image is everything, isn't it? That's what the Las Cruces Red Cross is counting on, with the help of the Las Cruces News-Sun. Personally I have never been so outraged as when I heard that they REFUSED not only a $50,000 donation from Fred Brito, a sincerely repentant ex-offender whom I have known for over a year, but he was also willing to host a fund raising event giving cash receiving rights to the Red Cross agency itself. I know Fred Brito, and he was genuinely hurt at the LC Red Cross' implication that Fred's money was dirty and his offer to raise funds would have somehow besmirched the good name of the Red Cross.In my opinion, the Red Cross not only cheat the good citizens of its catchment area but it would have been tremendous positive PR for this agency to shake hands with Mr. Brito with a forgiving demeanor and spirit. Fred Brito is what he is - but he is more than an ex-offender. He is a passionate, law abiding citizen whose messgage is "let's put this in the past - I am ready to do what's right and help those who I hurt and to teach other people how to protect themselves from people who still do what I used to do. Who better than me?" The LC Red Cross' refusal to accept money from a professional who has a track record of raising MILLIONS of dollars for the Red Cross just a few years ago is unconscionable and shameful. Who are they to refuse money from ANYONE?! It wouldn't be THEIR money anyway - it would just be held by the LC Red Cross until, God-forbid, a crisis happened. The victims wouldn't care whose money it was, why does the Red Cross? Fred would have considered being anonymous, too. He just wants to GIVE. Won't ANYONE let him?
Mark E Jameson, M.Ed.
The Brito Company
Orlando, FL Office

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

#5 Apr 14, 2008
Non profits lack skills

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Apr 14, 2008
The problem at both the Red Cross here in Las Cruces and the Boys and Girls Club is that they have inexperienced, unskilled employees in control of administration. They hire the first person who walks in the door who has a pulse and a degree. Sometimes not even a degree. It could merely be a friend of a friend. I often wonder as you do, what is going on with these organizations, and why are they consistently floundering?
Here are some questions that I have for people who have been hired to Administrate the organization. I can assure you, the problem lies with a serious lack of experience and a serious lack of ability to collaborate with their own organzation much less the community as a whole. When I hire someone, I must be confident in this person's skills, and I need to trust that what they are telling me "will translate into action."
Do they have the experience to lead an organization? Ironically, many have been hired and have had NO experience in leading an organization in the past. They have no clue on non profit financial statements. No clue on matters of development (fund/friend raising). They also have never managed a group of people before, however if you look at their resumes, they will state that "they have been a vibrant part of an organization..." Yes, but do you have the ability to inspire and lead a group of people and volunteers to enact YOUR vision and hopes for the organization? Answer: Unlikely.
Do they have a track record of accomplishment in development of funding sources? This is a very important part of any non-profit. It is the life blood. The CEO or Executive Director MUST know how to raise funds and from various formats and not just depend on a development person to do the job willy nilly. Do they know? Of course not.
Do they have the personality necessary to bring people together and to work on common issues that in the end will make a significant impact in the organization and the community in which we serve?
Do they have a system of accountability at all levels? Is the Board of Directors engaged and are they able to identify specific challenges that affect the overall structure of the organization, or are they just warming a chair which will make them look good on a resume?
I could go on and on... but you see where I am going with this.
Until strong management is installed in these organizations, they will continue to tread water.
People who are hired for key positions should never seek the job for what they will make in compensation. Non-profit jobs here in NM will not pay what you might get in a major city.
The key point is that who ever is appointed to run these organizations must strive for these jobs out of an inner desire to make a vital difference in the lives of others.
Until this happens, you will continue to read about these and other organizations in the news each and every time they hit rock bottom.
It Does Not Have To Be This Way.
My name is Fred Brito and this is my two cents
fredbritollc dot com.

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