Twenty-eight employees were laid off from the Phoenix chapter of the American Red Cross this week, in part because donors have been giving less than expected, the charity announced Wednesday.
The chapter’s CEO Ken Krueger pointed to the economy as a major reason people have been giving less to agencies like the Red Cross.
“When disposable income goes down, charitable contributions go down,” Krueger said. The layoffs will reduce payroll by a third.
Three-quarters of this week’s layoffs were full-time employees. The rest were part-time. All were told Tuesday or Wednesday, Krueger said.
The chapter still relies mostly on volunteers, including 162 people in the East Valley who respond to disasters such as house fires and floods, Krueger said.