You have probably identified the real reason. Of course the fund will have to be surcharged for its share of allocated costs. I wonder how many full time equivalents are 'supporting' this ministry at the headquarters and field level.
Presbyterians need to start asking the Presbyterian Disaster Agency some tough questions and demanding detailed audited financial statements. Here is the contact for pda--- email@example.com
I saw no links to the 2005 annual report that was to be available March 2006.
From the PDA website: http://www.pcusa.org/pda/2005summary.htm
Hurricane Response The outpouring of support in financial gifts and gifts of labor by Presbyterian congregations, middle governing bodies, other institutions and individual members to United States hurricanes has been overwhelming.
$20,307,00 in financial gifts were given in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the largest single response ever to a disaster.
Five volunteers from one Ohio Presbyterian congregation helped Louisville PDA staff with hurricane-related telephone calls and data input.
14 volunteers set-up and managed the PDA Volunteer Villages to host volunteer workteams in Mississippi.
18 members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team were put in the field to respond to hurricanes along with two PC(USA) mission specialists.
41 volunteers assisted with registering volunteer workteams for recovery and rebuilding activities in the Gulf Coast.
From September 2005 through December 2005, more than 2,000 volunteers contributed approximately 11,000 hours through the PDA Volunteer Villages, and an equal or greater number responded directly to affected presbyteries or Presbyterian congregations.
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 2005 Annual Report highlights major disaster responses by PDA. Also included is financial information on income and expenditures for the year. (Available March 2006).