Japan has received offers of assistance from 14 international organizations and 102 countries (including a number of unexpected aid donors such as embattled Afghanistan and poverty-stricken Cambodia), according to the latest report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Hollywood is by and large stepping up. Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 have gone and found ways to donate to relief efforts. They're auctioning off a bunch of Blink 182 items, and one of them is now fetching over $20,000. His other listings are here.
Simon Cowell and Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and others are planning a relief single. Lady Gaga has been selling a Japan prayer bracelet with all proceeds going to earthquake relief efforts.
Many charitable and disaster relief organizations now take donations via text messages:
The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are among the groups accepting $10 donations via text message.
To donate to the Salvation Army, which has had a presence in Japan since 1895, text "Japan" or "Quake" to 80888.
Text "RedCross" to 90999 to donate to its fund set up in response to the disaster. The American Red Cross is coordinating with its Japanese counterpart, which is leading the organization's efforts in the disaster area.
Still a relatively new way to accept donations, texting took off last year after the earthquake in Haiti. The Red Cross said more than 3 million contributors used text messages to donate $32 million to relief efforts following the Port-Au-Prince quake.
For those who want to offer donations directly to charitable organizations directly, here are a few notable links (and far from inclusive - if you have others, leave them in the comments). Note too that some charities have not set up a separate donation path for the Japanese disaster:
- Google Crisis Response (2011 Japanese Earthquake).
- Salvation Army is accepting donations via SMS or online, by phone, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
- Save the Children is taking online donations and credit and debit card donations over the phone.
- Christian Aid and Oxfam have not set up separate appeals for Japan, but you can donate to their general emergency funds.
- InterAction, an alliance of US-based international NGOs, has published a list of its members that are collecting money for the relief efforts. You can pledge money directly to the 22 organisations mentioned, which include Relief International, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity.
- Online coupon site Groupon has set up a page to allow visitors to donate $5, $10 or $25 to support efforts of the International Medical Corps in Japan. According to the site, the coupon for donations won't expire until 16 June.
- PayPal has set up an online store to take donations for Save the Children, GlobalGiving, HandsOn Network and the American Red Cross. It will pay all contributing costs.
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA): ADRA Aids Japan Earthquake Victims
- All Hands Volunteers: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: Japan/Pacific Emergency Relief Fund
- AmeriCares: Rescue searchers in Japan
- Aanda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT): Asia donations
- International Medical Corps relief efforts, text MED to 80888.
Also, if you are working for a company that does a charitable donation match, be sure to take advantage of those opportunities to maximize your charitable giving. Keep your receipts as well since not only can you bring some relief to those in need, but you might be able to take advantage of your donations during the 2011 tax year filing (returns due April 2012).