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Name: American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana
Phone: (219) 756-5360
Address: 791 E 83rd Ave
Merrillville, IN 46410-6204
Report Issued Date: November 19, 2010
Report Expiration Date: August 1, 2014
Principal: Mr. Gordon Johnson, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Mr. Gordon Johnson, Executive Director
File Open Date: January 2010
Type of Business: Charity - Local


American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is nationally affiliated with Nationl American Red Cross. A full, written report is available by visiting the BBB Wise Giving Alliance's web site at: If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact a BBB customer service representative to assist you in obtaining a report.

BBB Comments

American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is a partner agency with Lake Area United Way.

Stated Purpose

The American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is a volunteer led humanitarian organization dedicating to relieving human suffering resulting from disasters, health emergencies, and armed conflicts. Professional staff and community volunteers provide: comprehensive immediate relief to victims of local emergencies and disasters; preparedness training of volunteer citizens; partnering for response with civic/social organizations and faith-based communities, local businesses and corporations, and the public-at-large; preventing, preparing for, and responding to large scale disasters, local emergencies, and helping local military families in crisis.

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to this BBB Accredited Charity, please visit the organization's website at or call their office at 219 765-5360.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


The American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is the premier provider of local emergency services, disaster prevention, preparedness education, disaster response, and community volunteer programs and services to meet the needs of individuals, families, local businesses, and communities throughout Northwest Indiana. Each year they help thousands of people to recover from the effects of local emergencies and disasters with immediate short-term assistance with temporary shelter, food, clothing, health and mental health services, information and referrals to local agencies, which lead to reestablishing independent households and helping families to stay in their local communities and schools. Red Cross Services to Armed Forces programs help meet the increasing needs of local military members and their families, providing emergency communications, financial assistance, health and mental health, information and referral and community support services. Over 21,000 people a year complete Red Cross scientifically-based employment, meet their professional certification requirements, and earn good incomes to sustain their households and families. Red Cross International services reconnect loved ones separated by disasters or armed conflicts overseas. Red Cross volunteer programs support , strengthen and build healthier, safer, and stronger communities through the prevention of disaster-related homelessness, and providing health education and marketable skills that increase employability. The American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana is there when you need them.

For the year ended June 30, 2010, American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana's program expenses were:

Services to Armed Forces(SAF):$18,405
Disaster Services:$133
Biomedical Services:$211,171
Health Services:$236,441
Community Services:$28,298
International Services:$34,209
Total Program Expenses:$527,624


Chief Executive Officer:Gordon T. Johnson
Chair of the Board:Kris Falzone
Board Size:25
Paid Staff Size:4 Full Time. 13 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana raises funds through direct mail appeal, telephone appeal, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television or radio appeals, grant proposals, planned giving, Internet appeals, and through Lake Area United Way.

Fund raising costs were 9.07% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $574,220, are donations received as a direct result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana's Annual Chapter Audited Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2010:

 Total Income:$574,220
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$527,624 84.07%91.89%
 Fund Raising:$52,092 8.30%9.07%
 Administrative:$47,851 7.62%8.33%
 Total Expenses:$627,567
Excess of Income over Expenses$-53,347
Ending Net Assets:$359,974

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