I recall from previous happening and various frauds that occur during 911 to the Virginia Tech Massacre how so many made ribbons for sale for the memory of for charity. Most did give some money but it was mostly for profit and now I’ve seen numerous agencies have the little pay pal buttons up already asking for donations. Some are legitimate charities but most fail to directly use all the funds collected for a specific event they are endorsing. Yes, like the government with taxes all the donations are going into a general fund and in most cases offer a fraction for actual assistance. I checked with several watchdog agencies and direct contact with the first secretary of the Japanese Embassy Sachio Muto as of current there are two direct agencies offering support with donations specifically for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan as of Saturday March 12, 2011.
American Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched a special Family Links website (www.familylinks.icrc.org) to help people seeking to re-establish contact with family members and friends missing including foreign nationals unaccounted for in connection with Tohoku district ‘”off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake. ICRC, Gillian Dunn, issued the following statement: “Once we know more, what the Japanese government requests from the international community, we’ll be able to better assess a possible response. Japan is well equipped as a responder, and this may be an instance where aid organizations are not asked to respond in large numbers. We’ll also have to see what the tsunami damage might occur in other countries, including small Pacific island countries.”
I will update this posting with additional organizations once they have been reviewed as valid sources that have meet a stringent approval criteria for doing the most good with the donations you or I supply them. That criteria includes over 82%+ of donation go directly for the intended campaign and level of assistance and immediate time frame they offer that assistance.
*International Rescue Committee http://www.rescue.org
Care http://www.care.org (awaiting response request as of March 11, 20011)
*Americares (currently aiding search & rescue efforts) http://wwamericares.org
Architect for Humanity (currently have teams in Osaka & Kyoto) http://architectforhumanity.org
Relief International (currently has team in Tokyo) http://www.ri.org
*International Medical Corps http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org
Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org
*Direct Relief International (works with U.N. & U.S Navy with medical supplies they are already reporting 22 hospital in the 11 prefectures are full) http://www.directrelief.org.
Salvation Army (has 80 facilities and 3,000 workers in Japan) http://salvationarmyusa.org
Updated Friday 18, 2011
Due to rolling blackouts and server crashes from high traffic the Japan Red Cross Society Web Site is in full operations with updates regularly on their progress.