• December 18, 2014

Giving for Japan Disaster Tops $246.9-Million by End of First Month

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One month after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s northeast coast, donors in the United States have contributed more than $246.9-million to relief and recovery efforts, according to a Chronicle tally. Money raised by the American Red Cross continues to account for roughly 69 percent of the total raised.

Fund raising in the wake of the Japanese disaster continues to lag behind the rate observed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. One month out from the Haiti earthquake, contributions by Americans totaled more than $709-million, and one month after Katrina the total raised was more than $1.4-billion.

World Vision, in Federal Way, Wash., has decided that the $7.9-million it collected in the first month for Japan is enough to sustain a two-year response to the event. It is suggesting that new donors contribute to the organization’s general disaster response fund to support its response to other disasters, says Rachel E.L. Wolff, a spokeswoman for the organization.

  • ADRA International had received $304,587 as of March 21. Text-message donations accounted for $3,530 of that total.
  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee had raised $1.5-million as of April 11.
  • The American Red Cross had raised approximately $169.5-million as of April 11. Text-message contributions accounted for more than $4-million of that total.
  • AmeriCares had received $5.4-million as of April 11.
  • CARE USA had received $493,000 as of April 11.
  • Brother’s Brother Foundation had received $286,261 as of April 11.
  • Catholic Relief Services had raised $4.9-million as of April 8.
  • Direct Relief International had raised $2,540,605 as of April 8.
  • Give2Asia had received $2.2-million for relief efforts as of March 24.
  • GlobalGiving had received $1.8-million as of March 21. Of that, $814,000 has been disbursed to seven nonprofits.
  • Habitat for Humanity International had received $220,589 as of March 24.
  • Humane Society of the United States had received $170,000 as of March 22.
  • International Medical Corps had raised $ 2,714,908 as of April 8.
  • International Rescue Committee had received $2.2-million as of April 11.
  • Islamic Relief had raised $238,855 as of April 11.
  • The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago had raised $176,086 as of April 11.
  • The Jewish Federations of North America had raised $219,565 as of April 8.
  • Lutheran World Relief had raised $378,876 as of April 11.
  • Medical Teams International had received $224,498 as of March 24.
  • The Mennonite Central Committee had received $157,000 as of April 11.
  • Mercy Corps had received $6.6-million as of April 8.
  • Operation Blessing International had received $2.8-million as of April 7.
  • Operation USA had received $30,000 as of April 8.
  • Relief International had received $57,877 as of March 21.
  • Project HOPE had raised $650,000 as of March 17.
  • The Salvation Army had received $5,567,000 as of April 11. Of that total, more than $167,000 came in via text message, $3.9-million online, $1.2-million through the mail, and $190,000 by telephone.
  • Save the Children had raised $9.6-million in the United States as of March 21. Of that total, $63,000 came in via text message. Internationally, Save the Children affiliates had raised $6.4-million more.
  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief had received $1,652,989 as of April 8.
  • U.S.-Japan Council had raised $1,617,359 as of April 11.
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF had raised $4.4-million as of April 11.
  • United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York had raised $227,000 as of April 11.
  • United Way Worldwide had raised about $10-million as of April 11.
  • World Vision U.S. had received $7.9-million as of April 8. Of that total, $38,000 was raised via text message.

Marisa López-Rivera contributed to this article.

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