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Do you know how you can help Japan?

March 23rd, 2011 2 Comments

The list below is from GOOD, “the association of pragmatic idealists making our world work.”  One day I stumbled across their green magazine that publishes environmentally-conscious and humanitarian content without making you think the world is going to end.  Later I had the honor of meeting the founders who are some of the most passionate people I have ever come across. When you are looking to improve your life or the world around you, you’ll always find the best means at GOOD.

Here is how they suggest you help Japan (click here for the full post):

Global Giving: Global Giving, who we at GOOD trust and respect absolutely, has a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund set up.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is another organization that we at GOOD know well and trust completely. You can give through their site, or text MERCY to 25383 to support Mercy Corps’ Japan earthquake relief efforts with a $10 donation. Folks can also set up an online fundraising page for Japan to get their friends involved.

JustGiving: This JustGiving campaign is raising money for ShelterBox.

JustGiving’s Charity of the Year winners, ShelterBox, are responding to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake which devastated Japan on March 11 2011…The disaster relief charity immediately mobilised, with an initial ShelterBox Response Team heading to the affected region within hours of the catastrophe striking.

Thousands of ShelterBoxes are expected to be needed to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to the families made homeless by the crisis. ShelterBox are appealing for donations to ensure that whenever disaster strikes, they are ready to help those most in need.

ShelterBox: To give direct to ShelterBox, go here.

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JustGiving Japan: Direct giving to a Japan-based JustGiving campaign. I’ve run it through Google Translate here. We can’t vouch for the organization, but it was recommended by a commenter, PocketSaki.

International Medical Corps: International Medical Corps President, Nancy, Aossey, wrote, “We are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities.”is putting together relief teams.” Here’s a link to donate. Update from Crystal Wells of IMC:

Our team is on the ground in Japan, where we are coordinating with local authorities and partners on what the needs are, providing technical expertise, and assisting with logistics.

People can also support our relief efforts by texting MED to 80888 to donate $10.

Red Cross: If you want to give to the Red Cross, here is their page on the disaster in Japan. Or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, who have had a presence in Japan since 1895, are sending a team to Sendai tonight and will be carting in basic necessities as soon as possible. You can text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Army’s relief efforts.

W+K Studio: Buy a screenprinted poster designed by Max Erdenbergerat Wieden + Kennedy:

To raise relief funds for the the devastating 8.9 earthquake and subsequent massive tsunami that struck Japan March 11, 2011. All proceeds go to Japan. w+k Tokyo has set up this person finding aggregator http://buji.me.

40″x26″ 1-color screenprint on Neenah Environment Ultra Bright White 80# Cover.

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Search Dog Foundation: US Search and Rescue Dogs deployed to Japan. You can donate to the search dog foundation.

Japan Society: Japan Society has created a disaster relief fund to aid victims of the massive earthquake in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. 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.

Hide and Seek Clothing-Relief T: “When you pre-order this shirt, all profit will go to the following organizations: Save the Children: Emergency Response, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund: A GlobalGiving Project, Hands on Tokyo, American Red Cross. (You can also make direct donations at the links above.)

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SwipeGood and World Vision: SwipeGood and World Vision have teamed up, offering an easy way to support the victims from Japan’s earth quake: You can enroll your credit or debit card with SwipeGoodand select the World Vision Disaster Aid Fund as your charity of choice. SwipeGood rounds up every purchase you make to the next dollar, donating the difference to the World Vision Disaster Aid Fund. In this way, you support the people of Japan with every purchase you make.

Convoy of Hope & Cauzoom: Convoy of Hope is an organization that specializes in getting useful, practical help to disaster areas, with the goal of restoring dignity and hope to families and individuals who are facing their greatest challenges in life. Convoy of Hope prepares hygiene kits at their warehouse, at a cost of roughly $5 each. This project will fund the assembly of 200 kits to be shipped to families in Japan at the earliest possible opportunity. Each hygiene kit includes the following:

  • 1 full-size bottle of shampoo
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 full-size toothpaste
  • 1 bar of antibacterial soap
  • 1 hand towel
  • 1 comb

To donate money for hygiene kits, go here.

Once again, we’ll be updating this continuously. Send links or info about how anyone can help out to Jervey@goodinc.com.


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  • truestory

    I know you’re heart’s in the right place and I sympathize with people who want to help, but the Japanese Red Cross has repeatedly asked the international community to stop raising money. Believe it or not, the indiscriminate influx of lots of money into disaster zones can often cause more harm than good.

    I’ve seen the effect of this myself when I lived in Sierra Leone following the release of the movie Blood Diamond. Tons of money poured in from foreign sources that had a poor understanding of local needs, and very little accountability for how that money was used. It upset the fragile local economy in ways that did a lot more lasting harm than the money did good.

    If people want to help, the best thing to do is donate to an unrestricted (non-specific) fund, like the International Committee of the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. That way those organizations have the ability to determine the best, most organized and principled way to use their resources to maximize relief. Earmarked funds often do more harm than good, especially the very specific ones – like funds dedicated only to search and rescues dogs, or only to sending toiletries.

    For more on the situation with aid to Japan see:



    • Good point. Thanks for explaining your perspective.