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Responses From Charities to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami (comprehensive listing)
Chronicle of Philanthropy ^ | March 14, 2011 | Cody Switzer

Posted on 03/14/2011 5:35:53 AM PDT by NYer

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The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP Images

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Miyagi Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. In the tsunami that followed, a huge tidal wave covered Kesennuma Port.

Updated on March 13; items added since Friday are marked with a bullet •

The strongest-ever earthquake to hit Japan triggered a tsunami on Friday  that moved across the Pacific Ocean. Japanese news outlets are reporting that about 1,800 people are confirmed dead, and some sources fear the toll could be as high as 10,000.

Following are updates based on items submitted by charitable organizations and other sources. The Chronicle has not independently verified them.

Action Against Hunger: ACF International is working with local and national government agencies in the Phillippines to help more than 45,000 people evacuate from the Cataduanes area, which is at high risk of tsunamis.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency: The organization announced through Twitter that it would spend $25,000 on initial relief efforts and that it has staff members at work in Tokyo to aid people stranded by the earthquake.

Aidmatrix: The nonprofit, which provides supply-chain managment technology for international-aid efforts, said Friday that needs for in-kind and transportation donations were still being assessed but that it would post them as soon as possible at

•American Humane Association: The organization has created a special fund to collect donations to help animals harmed in the disaster.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: The organization says that it has reached out to the Japanese government to offer help and is assessing the situation in the Pacific now. It has also set up a special relief fund for the disaster. The Society for Humanistic Judaism issued a press release urging members and congregations to support the fund.

American Red Cross: On  Sunday, the Red Cross dispatched a disaster management expert to Japan to work with an international council on the response to the disaster, according to a press release. In the U.S. states affected by the tsunami, the Red Cross said it helped shelter about 2,500 evacuated people. The organization has also started to raise money on Causes, a site that is used by people on Facebook and through mobile giving. A call for people to send text messages to support the victims is a popular topic on Twitter. The Red Cross is waiting on a request for help from its Japanese counterpart.

Americares: The organization said it was sending an emergency-response manager to Japan and will send emergency teams and medical supplies as needed.

CAFAmerica: The organization is collecting money for assistance to Japanese humanitarian-relief efforts.

Catholic Charities USA: Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA's president, said in a written release that the organization has contacted Catholic Charities in Guam, American Samoa, Hawaii, and on the West Coast to see if help is needed after the Tsunami. Caritas Japan, an affiliated organization, is handling disaster services in that country.

Catholic Medical Mission Board: The organization works in many countries at risk from the tsunami. They are readying support as needed.

Charity Navigator: As donations to organizations increase, the site has posted a guide to donating responsibly and offers ratings of large disaster-relief organizations.

Convoy of Hope: The Christian charity in Springfield, Mo., had a disaster response team working through the night, according to their Twitter account. The organization does have one team member currently in Hawaii, but are not yet in Japan, as previously reported.

Council on Foundations: The organization compiled a list of resources for grant makers who want to help the relief effort.

Doctors Without Borders: Two Doctors Without Borders three-person teams arrived in Sendai early Saturday, according to the organization. The teams are working with local authoriities to determine if further aid is needed, but it appears that medical demands are being met, according to the organization. The youth-focused charity set up a Facebook page for people to upload photos of paper cranes as a symbol of support for the people of Japan. By Sunday morning, more than 3,700 people had "liked" the page.

Give2Asia: The San Fransisco organization set up two funds to give directly to Asian charities helping with disaster recovery in the region.

Global Giving: The organization has set up a fund to benefit charities working on disaster relief in Japan and areas affected by the tsunami.

Global Voices: The blogger network has set up a page for special coverage of the earthquake and tsunami, and also created a Twitter list of writers currently in Japan. Google's philanthropic arm has set up a special disaster-relief page for the earthquake, including a list of links to resources, a tool to find missing people, and a map of the area affected by the earthquake.

Humanitarian Defense: The Reno-based, security-focused aid group was preparing a team to provide humanitarian help. The organization said in a news release that it has received calls to assist several other relief groups.

International Medical Corps: The aid organization deployed an emergency response team, according to a post on its web site Saturday.

International Rescue Committee: The organization has put a response team on alert for deployment.

Mercy Corps: The organization is working with its partner charity Peace Winds Japan to accept donations. Those donations will go to meet immediate and long-term needs, according to its Web site.

mGive Foundation: The mobile giving organization set up $10 text-to-give options for four large international aid organizations, including Convoy of Hope (TSUNAMI to 50555), American Red Cross Relief (REDCROSS to 90999), World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals (WAVE to 50555), and GlobalGiving (JAPAN to 50555).

Network for Good: The online-giving organization has created a special page listing organizations working on the crisis, complete with how they are responding and links to donate to each.

Operation USA: The organization says it is preparing to aid as necessary.

Oxfam America: The organization's Web site this morning displayed the headline "Worst Quake in Japan on Record" and asked visitors to donate to its Saving Lives 24/7 Fund.

PayPal: The online money-transfer site has pledged to donate transation fees collected from March 11 to April 30 to organizations helping with disaster relief.

Salvation Army USA: The organization this morning tweeted that its Hawaiian branch is ready to assist with damage on the Pacific Coast of the United States. The organization's Minnesota and North Dakota chapter also tweeted that the organization has 1,200 staff members at work in Japan.

•Save the Children: The charity said Friday it is mobilizing people and supplies to respond to the earthquake. The organization has worked in Japan for 25 years. On Saturday, it announced it had partnered with online game company Zynga to add calls to donate in the company's games. On Sunday, the charity said it has sent an emergency team to assess needs in the worst-affected areas.

Shelter Box: The aid charity posted a notice Saturday had a team on the ground assessing the housing needs in Japan.

United States Internal Revenue Service: The IRS sent a notice Friday reminding donors that contributions to charities that provide assistance to people in other countries qualifies as a tax-deductible contribution as long as a U.S. organization has control over use of the funds. Advice on charitable contributions are available on the IRS web site.

World Vision: The charity this morning reported that its offices in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands are on alert to assist in tsunami response. A team is also on standby for possible deployment.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: earthquake; japan; philanthropy; tsunami

1 posted on 03/14/2011 5:35:59 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list

2 posted on 03/14/2011 5:36:38 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Donate only to reputable charities. There are a lot of scumbags out there who will try to exploit this tragedy for your cash donations under the guise of donating to the relief efforts of the victims.

3 posted on 03/14/2011 5:37:25 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry ("I've got tiger blood and Adonis DNA!")
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
"Donate only to reputable charities."

Savation Army has always been reliable. Red Cross hasn't. After 9/11 the Red Cross used over 1 million of the money donated to upgrade the computer system at their home offices.

4 posted on 03/14/2011 5:45:06 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity
I agree. Here is the link to their main website
5 posted on 03/14/2011 5:58:20 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: circlecity

You are spot on. The red cross will make you come to them. The Salvation Army is the only one that will actively go out and find you.

I have had people tell me that the Red Cross is infamous for selling donated items for pretty good prices.

6 posted on 03/14/2011 6:01:52 AM PDT by crz
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To: circlecity

I agree.The Red Cross wanted to spend 500,000 on diversity
training after 9/11.

7 posted on 03/14/2011 6:18:29 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: NYer

Convoy of Hope is my Church’s disaster relief team. They will be working closely with our Missionaries on the ground in Japan in order to find the most effective way of getting relief goods and services where they will be of most use.

8 posted on 03/14/2011 6:19:08 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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Which of these are atheist charities?

/rhetorical question

9 posted on 03/14/2011 6:20:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius; Admin Moderator
Thanks for the feedback on the Convoy of Hope charity. I posted this thread to serve as a centralized clearing house for freepers of all faiths and your feedback is important to other thread visitors.

Attention Moderator - is there a way to alert other freepers to this listing where then can link to outside resources and give to the charity of their choice. My concern is that it will be buried quickly under all the other stories. Thank you for your assistance.

10 posted on 03/14/2011 6:26:18 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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I generally contribute to Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham's charity.

Samaritan’s Purse is responding in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Samaritan's Purse is partnering with local churches and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to provide emergency relief aid to people affected by the deadly earthquake and massive tsunami that hit the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11. Japan's prime minister has called the crisis the most severe challenge the nation has faced since World War II.

Staff members are on their way to the affected area. We will be working with Japanese Christians to distribute food, water, blankets, hygiene supplies, and other aid to people who have lost virtually everything.

11 posted on 03/14/2011 7:12:58 AM PDT by NCjim (Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.)
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High rated charities on Charity Navigator providing assistance in Japan:

Charity Navigator

12 posted on 03/14/2011 8:10:07 AM PDT by FReepaholic
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13 posted on 03/14/2011 10:29:07 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: NYer

Don’t see too many RoP charities on that list........

14 posted on 03/14/2011 1:56:15 PM PDT by sniper63 (Did you plug the hole in the border yet daddy........)
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To: NYer
I give to Catholic Organizations like Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services

Charity's Political Divide, Republicans give a bigger share to charity (Democrats Don't)

15 posted on 03/14/2011 6:15:50 PM PDT by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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