Open Thread: Fundraisers For Japan

By Arturo R. García

As of early Monday morning, there’s still no telling how bad the situation could get in Japan following Friday morning’s 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami: Kyodo News reported another 2,000 bodies had been found in the coastal areas of the Miyagi Prefecture, nearly doubling the current casualty totals. For now, I wanted to create a space where we could trade information about relief efforts or fundraisers in our respective areas.

American Red Cross

  • Texting REDCROSS to 90999 will provide a $10 donation
  • campaign page

Operation USA

  • Medical supply or United Airlines flyer miles donations also accepted

Global Giving Foundation

  • Texting JAPAN to 50555 will provide a $10 donation

Save The Children

  • Texting JAPAN to 20222 will provide a $10 donation
  • According to Mashable, STC is also teaming up with Zynga to enable users of its’ online games – CityVille, FarmVille, etc. – to donate toward relief efforts by buying specific goods during gameplay.

The Salvation Army

  • Texting JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 will provide a $10 donation

International Medical Corps

  • Texting MED to 80888 will provide a $10 donation

World Vision

  • Texting 4JAPAN to 20222 will provide a $10 donation

Convoy Of Hope

  • Texting TSUNAMI to 50555 will provide a $10 donation

UPDATE 3/15/11:

Authors For Japan

  • As of this morning, 150 works will be put up for auction between today and March 20, with proceeds going to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal
  • Note: bids must be submitted in Pounds (U.K.)

  • A special Japan Housing Crisis group has been created for people both seeking and offering temporary housing during the crisis. You must be a member of to post.

Google People Finder

UPDATE 3/17/11:



Again, we encourage anyone to post event or charity information on this thread for everyone to have on hand, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by this catastrophe.

Sources: Yahoo, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Wired, Holiday Matinee

Top image courtesy of Associated Press and Naples News

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  • The Istanbul Review

    This is a unique relief effort for Japan, ideal for children, classes, or for those who do not have money to donate. Being run by an international literary journal, The Istanbul Review, this campaign seeks to send well wishes to the children of Japan. Please share the link, and let me know if you have any questions!

  • Anonymous

    —Japanese Red Cross Society
    You can donate directly to Japanese Red Cross using the following information.

    from the website: “We heartily appreciate your kind offer of donation.If you wish your fund to be distributed directly among the affected population of the earthquake and tsunami, please direct your fund to the following bank account. If you need the receipt of your fund, please state so clearly in the comment section of the bank transfer order. All the fund received under this account will be transferred to the Distribution Committee, which is formed around the local government of the disaster-affected prefecture and to administer the distribution of fund.”

    -Name of Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
    -Name of Branch: Ginza
    -Account No.: 8047670 (Ordinary Account)
    -Payee Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society, Donation for Japan earthquake/tsunami
    -Payee Address: 1-1-3 Shiba-Daimon Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN

    I’d use this as an alternative to regular American Red Cross.

  • Bagelsan

    About Doctors Without Borders… I’d heard there isn’t a huge need for medical help, actually? It sounds like it’s more food, shelter, etc. that’s needed. Does anyone have more information about that than I do?

  • de Pizan

    Another really good charity rater is Give Well: On their blog, they talk about the best ways to help during natural disasters, and which charities specifically they would recommend based on the charity’s response and success in past disaster relief efforts–their top two are Direct Relief International and Doctors without Borders.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah. FNWL goes through the Red Cross. Actually, don’t give to the site. I want to give, just looking for the right charity. I also want to find charities that service Hait and Ecuador.

  • kim

    yes please don’t use the american red cross’ text $10 function. the 10$ isn’t even transferred for 3+ months. i didn’t learn about all this after unfortunately donating to the red cross after the haiti earthquake :/ i don’t know if the other text donations have the same problems.

    i do a monthly donation to doctors without borders and save the children and so far have heard of no red tape or sitting on the donation funds.

  • Anonymous

    You may have to buy something first, but I feel it’s still legit.

  • Anonymous

    They are doing a matching donation until March 18 I believe. So, whatever people donate will be matched by the company!

  • ansel

    Don’t give to the American Red Cross folks. Their response to Katrina was piss-poor and they’re currently hoarding the millions that were donated for Haiti, instead of spending it on still-urgently needed relief, for some outrageous reason that I will never understand. I wouldn’t give to World Vision either – they have a religious bent and aren’t focused on empowering people. MSF, Int’l Medical Corps, and ShelterBox are all pretty good, in my experience. (writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

  • j.
    are online auctions for Japan disaster relief: mostly fannish stuff but lots of non-fannish stuff. All you need to bid on the Dreamwidth one is a valid e-mail address (the LJ one you need an LJ account).


    Just wanted to mention this website that rates charities according to how much of their funds go towards their actual charitable programs and how much goes towards overhead costs:

  • Victoria

    Thank you so much for posting this! Was looking for an alternative to the American Red Cross. I chose Doctors Without Borders from this list. I also purchased a Lady Gaga wristband although I’m not sure how much of those proceeds actually go to Japan.

  • Elusis

    Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders is on the scene conducting mobile clinics and assessing needs.

    I just personally would like to encourage people to donate to groups other than the Salvation Army, who have a documented history of discrimination against LGBTQ people in both their hiring and services. I also am not confident about their ability or willingness to provide culturally-sensitive and non-coercive services to non-Christians.