The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. It is the designated US affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The organization offers services in four other areas: communications services and comfort for military service and family members; the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products; educational programs on preparedness, health and safety; and international relief and development programs
The group was issued a corporate charter by the United States Congress under Title 36 of the United States Code, Section 3001. It is governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, income from health and safety training and products and income from blood products.
The group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 2016, the Board Chair was Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and the President and Chief Executive Officer was Gail J. McGovern.