Photography courtesy of Friends of the Children of Haiti
With Haiti at its greatest need, Friends of the Children of Haiti found itself suddenly paralyzed. The Peoria-based organization could not do what it does best: provide medical care for citizens of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The most deadly and destructive in the country's 206-year history had turned the already crippled country into chaos.
Underscoring the difficult economic times that continue to impact the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds alike, a recent report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy noted an 11-percent decline in donations to the nation’s 400 biggest charities—the largest drop on record.
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army. With that in mind, iBi sat down with Major Evie Diaz, the new divisional commander of The Salvation Army’s Heartland Division, which serves central Illinois and eastern Iowa.