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March 16, 2011

U.S. Charities Raise $64-Million for Japan Relief

Five days after the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, American donors have contributed more than $64-million for relief efforts, according to a Chronicle tally. Nearly three-quarters of the total has been raised by one organization, the American Red Cross.

The rate of donations is slower than after last year’s earthquake in Haiti and after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Six days after the disaster in Haiti, donors had contributed more than $210-million, and six days after Katrina they had given more than $457-million. But the donor response for Japan is similar to that after the 2004 Asian tsunamis. Three days after that disaster, Americans had donated more than $30-million.

  • ADRA International has received $194,000 as of Wednesday.
  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has raised more than $400,000 as of Tuesday.
  • The American Red Cross had raised approximately $47-million as of Tuesday afternoon, U. S. Eastern time. Text-message contributions accounted for more than $2.6-million of that total.
  • AmeriCares has so far received $1.5-million.
  • Brother’s Brother Foundation has received more than $40,000 as of Tuesday.
  • Catholic Relief Services has raised $887,000 as of Wednesday.
  • Give2Asia has received $1.3-million for relief efforts as of Wednesday.
  • Habitat for Humanity has received more than $78,000 as of Wednesday.
  • International Medical Corps has raised more than $1-million as of Wednesday. Text-message gifts account for $20,040 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 on standby ready to assist if needed.
  • Islamic Relief has raised more than $84,000 on Wednesday for an appeal it issued on Monday.
  • The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago had raised $67,605 as of midday Tuesday.
  • Medical Teams International has received $56,200 as of Wednesday.
  • 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 $1.65-million as of Wednesday.
  • Operation USA had received about $10,000 as of Tuesday.
  • Relief International had received $10,000 as of Tuesday.
  • Project HOPE has raised approximately $450,000.
  • The Salvation Army has received more than $2.1-million. Of that total, more than $111,000 came in via text message, $1.9-million online, and $59,000 by telephone.
  • Save the Children had raised $4.6-million in the United States as of Wednesday morning. Of that total, $33,000 has come in via text message. Branches of the charity in other countries have raised $800,000 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 was donated.
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF had raised $700,000 as of Tuesday.
  • World Vision U.S. had received $2.4-million as of Wednesday afternoon.

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 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.