National Fact Sheet

Did you know...

  • The Salvation Army assists more than 33 million individuals throughout the year in the United States - over 6 million of those during the holiday season alone.
  • The Salvation Army adult rehabilitation centers annually help more than 150,000 people from every walk of life fight substance abuse and return to their communities as participating, contributing members.
  • When you shop at The Salvation Army family stores, you are helping individuals in our 116 adult rehabilitation centers nationwide through work therapy.
  • The red Christmas kettle debuted in San Francisco in 1891 in the guise of a crab pot. A depression had thrown many out of work, including hundreds of seamen and longshoremen. The campaign proved so successful that by 1900 it was initiated into nationwide service.
  • The Salvation Army has almost 2 million volunteers and provides assistance to those in need through more than 9,000 service units across the country.
  • Peter Drucker called The Salvation Army "by far the most effective organization in the U.S.", in Forbes magazine.
  • The Salvation Army's disaster relief program has assisted millions of victims and relief workers.
  • The Salvation Army operates a Missing Persons Service, which reunites more than 2,000 people annually.
  • The Salvation Army's League of Mercy visits millions of people with special needs in hospitals, nursing homes and correctional facilities.
  • The Salvation Army provided an opportunity to camp for more than 200,000 underprivileged children, seniors and adults last year.
  • The Salvation Army was at the frontlines in World Wars I and II, offering comfort and pastoral guidance (and even donuts).
  • The Salvation Army provides thousands of job referrals each month.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy has continually ranked The Salvation Army as a leading charity in the United States.
  • The red shield dates from 1896 and serves as the trademark for the Army's social services.
  • The Salvation Army flag is the only flag, other than the U.S. flag, to have flown on the moon.
  • Known for their brass band music, The Salvation Army has approximately 2,500 brass bands worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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90¢ of every dollar raised by the Lee, Hendry, Glades Counties Command is used to sustain life-changing programs that bring hope to hurting souls.

The Salvation Army assists more than 33 million individuals throughout the year in the United States – over 6 million of those during the holiday season alone.


What Others Are Saying

Executive Compensation - what do top officials make at charities?
Scroll through the list researched by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and find The Salvation Army. This list confirms that your donations to The Salvation Army go to programs and services, not to bloated executive salaries.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
November 16, 2013

"One of the top 10 charities that shine...one that gives supporters more bang for their buck."
Forbes Magazine,
December 2003

The Salvation Army is “America’s favorite and most trusted charity” according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy

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