We have been asked by many of our clients who they should donate to…a very reasonable question. And, are there options other that U.S. based groups? In fact there are…
We have been involved with a group out of New York City for sometime called The Council on Foreign Relations. They believe that effective dollars are best delivered directly. Japanese groups are in the best position to decide what Japan needs, and are less likely to skim organizational overhead off the top of your donations. Few Americans are familiar with the Japanese groups, however.
CIE/USA has created a Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund to support emergency relief and long-term recovery efforts by Japanese organizations. Half of the funds raised will go directly to the Japan-based Center for Public Resources Development’s “Give One” initiative, which raises funds for leading Japanese organizations that are working on the ground to provide immediate disaster relief. The other half will be used to establish a separate fund to support Japanese organizations engaged in long-term reconstruction efforts, which will be critical in the months and years ahead.
If this doesn’t appeal to you, we suggest you visit Charity Navigator, which has established a page on their site for this catastrophic event and look for Four Star **** rated organizations.