News and analysis
March 15, 2011

Donors Give More than $47-Million for Japan Relief Efforts

Four days after the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, American donors have contributed more than $47-million for relief efforts, according to a Chronicle tally.

The rate of donations is slower than after last year’s earthquake in Haiti and after Hurricane Katrina. Four days after the disaster in Haiti, donors had contributed more than $150-million, and four days after Katrina they had given more than $108-million. But the donor response for Japan is similar to that after the 2004 Asian tsunami. Three days after that disaster, Americans had donated more than $30-million.

The tally so far for the Japan disaster:

  • ADRA International has received $130,706. Of that total, $1,650 came in via text message.
  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has raised more than $400,000.
  • The American Red Cross had raised approximately $34-million as of Tuesday afternoon Eastern time. Text-message contributions accounted for more than $2.2-million of that total.
  • AmeriCares has received $1.1-million.
  • Brother’s Brother Foundation has received more than $40,000.
  • Catholic Relief Services has raised $722,841.
  • Give2Asia has received $107,392 for relief efforts.
  • Habitat for Humanity has received more than $45,000.
  • International Medical Corps has raised $991,704. Text-message gifts account for $16,650 of that total.
  • International Rescue Committee has received $115,000, which it will give to Japanese charities that are providing immediate relief. The organization has an emergency team ready to assist if needed.
  • Islamic Relief has raised $40,000.
  • The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago had raised $67,605 as of midday Tuesday.
  • Medical Teams International has received $22,000.
  • The Mennonite Central Committee had received online donations totaling $13,000 from American donors as of Tuesday morning. Canadian donors contributed an additional $13,000.
  • Mercy Corps had received $1.3-million as of Tuesday morning.
  • Project HOPE has raised about $450,000.
  • The Salvation Army has received more than $1.7-million. Of that total, more than $92,000 came in via text message, $1.5-million online, and $58,000 by telephone.
  • Save the Children had raised $3.7-million in the United States as of Tuesday morning. Of that total, $18,000 came in via text message. Branches of the charity in other countries have raised $700,000 more for relief efforts.
  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief has received more than $248,000 online and in the mail. Methodist congregations across the country have taken offerings to support relief efforts, but the organization does not yet know how much money has been donated.
  • World Vision U.S. had received $1.9-million as of Tuesday evening. Text-message donations totaled $19,000.

More than a dozen relief groups The Chronicle contacted said that they are not actively raising money for relief efforts in Japan.

Some organizations, such as CARE USA and Oxfam America report they are still determining how they will respond to the disaster. Other charities, such as American Jewish World Service, said they are not responding because they only work in developing countries.

Doctors Without Borders is not accepting donations designated for the disaster in Japan. The organization has sent assessment teams to the region but is paying for those efforts with unrestricted funds.