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How To Help After Japan Earthquake, Tsunami


Posted on 3/11/2011 by Cate Conroy

This morning the United States woke up to news of a massive earthquake in Japan, followed by a tsunami that rippled across the world.  Many people immediately asked how they could help. Volunteers started pouring into Japan shortly after the quake struck and now governments, including the U.S. have promised to “spare no effort” to help in the aftermath.

But beyond the work of large government organizations, individuals are asking how they can help as well.  The GiveForward Team has put together a list of some of the amazing international organizations that are snapping into action, and how you can help them.  If you have any organizations that should be added to the list please let us know: info@giveforward.com.

Aid from World Give Day partners

  • FirstGiving – Giving you an easy way to select among nonprofits that are working towards relief efforts.
  • SXSW4Japan (CauseVox) -Fitting right in with the theme of ‘influence’ at SXSW this year, CauseVox and SXSW attendees are putting their hearts, minds and wallets together to raise support for Japan.
  • GlobalGiving -  Global Giving has already set up a great way to donate to the Earthquake and Tsunami relief fund.

Aid Organizations

  • Red Cross – the Red Cross is known for its disaster relief efforts.  While no direct fundraising account has been set up for Japan yet, Red Cross officials say donors can text “Red Cross” to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be charged to your phone bill, or you can make a donation on their webiste.
  • Oxfam Emergency 365 - when disaster strikes around the world, Oxfam’s Emergency 365 group moves quickly to provide life-saving assistance.
  • CARE – CARE’s staff in Tokyo is already re-grouping and preparing to help.  Head to their website to make a donation and help their aid work.
  • Salvation Army – The Salvation Army in Tokyo is sending an assessment team to the city of Sendai tonight to assess damage and will begin providing basic necessities beginning as soon as possible tonight or tomorrow.  The Army has already opened its main building to shelter commuters who were unable to reach home.  To donate text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Army’s relief efforts.

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If you know someone in one of the effected areas and want to collect aid directly on their behalf, you can create a fundraiser on GiveForward to gather donations.

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