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Hello all, I didn't want this getting lost in the earthquake thread. I thought I'd post some of the ways you can help donate money to help in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Please no negative replies, this is just to help out.

Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ click the donate funds link in the top right corner of their home page and select the option to give to put your money towards their efforts in Japan and that region affected.


Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, which will be put on your phone bill. (can't ask for an easier way than that)

Japan Society

"Japan Society has created a disaster relief fund to aid victims of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan. Over the years, Japan Society has partnered with several Japanese and American non-profits working on the frontlines of disaster relief and recovery. 100% of your generous tax-deductible contributions will go to organization(s) that directly help victims recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan on March 11, 2011."


They just put up a FAQ too http://www.japansociety.org/frequently_asked_questions

I've also come across some anime guys that are donating the money made off their art for a short time to one of the above funds.

This one shows sold out at the time, but I am hoping they will make/sell more http://spacecoyote.bigcartel.com/product/japan-earthquake-relief-fund-commission

This guy is selling his stuff and donating the money to Red Cross http://www.martinhsu.com/news.php?osCsid=8ff705892bfc098fbc194ed5bd9b8add

Here is a list of manga artist doing things to raise money with the above two.


I'll post more as I find them. I personally trust the Japan society for this to give money to a little more, but I went a head and gave money to them and the Red Cross and will probably buy some of the art work.

Here are more

Mercy Corps


Global giving


American Humane Association




Convoy of Hope


Doctors Without Borders


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


International Medical Corps


Oxfam Great Britain


The Salvation Army in Japan


Save The Children




World Vision


All Hands Volunteers


list of 10 charity buys, some of these are really cool too!


Thanks all.

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Why are you trying to avoid the red cross?

There's nothing wrong with them, I've donated to them several times in the past. In this instance I prefer that 100% of the money I donate goes to where I want it to go and in a timely fashion.

AmeriCares is a good one to go with.

Thanks. I went with Japan Society on this one.

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Yeah the Japan Society one is 100% and they are a great group, I've been a member for some time now. Nothing wrong with Red Cross but one of their reps on CNN last night said they use 91 cent of every dollar instead of 100%.

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From what I understand the Red Cross has cleaned up is act a lot since 9/11, when they weren't necessarily using donations as donors intended. However, they are a huge organization and have such a great reputation because they have employees, offices, etc. That means they have overhead costs, though, and they have to cover those costs. I believe though that now you can specify what you want your donation to go to, and they will respect that. And just an FYI, I was in New Orleans 4 months after Katrina, and Red Cross was still driving around the city serving hot meals to residents, volunteers, etc.

When you're donating money though it's always good to find an organization that meets your same goals and interests. So as mentioned above, if you're passionate about animals for example, find an org that's doing work with animals.

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I think it's great they started using the text to donate thing. It's so easy to do.

I was hearing that this might be causing the amount of donations to be lower because people are just doing the text thing instead and thus limiting their donation. I went online for both of the ones I did so I could donate more than $10, but anything helps imo, so it can't be that bad.

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I was hearing that this might be causing the amount of donations to be lower because people are just doing the text thing instead and thus limiting their donation. I went online for both of the ones I did so I could donate more than $10, but anything helps imo, so it can't be that bad.

I had that thought as well, but I would guess those are people like yourself, who are going to make an effort above and beyond anyway. The amount may be offset by the people who are lazy and now can contribute via text.

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From a CNN article

"While agencies are working to raise money, donations have been slow to come. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper covering nonprofit organizations, says donations to nonprofit organizations have reached about $25 million so far. The total is far below the first four-day totals of other recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and the crisis in Haiti, it said."

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Bullock steps up



Actress Sandra Bullock sent a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross this week to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, the Red Cross said Thursday.

It is the largest celebrity donation to the Red Cross to be announced since the disaster struck last Friday, although the charity may have gotten large contributions that were kept confidential at the donors' request.

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