• October 20, 2014

U.S. Donors Give More Than $87-Million for Japan Disaster

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World Vision workers in Japan unload supplies.

Six days after the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, American donors have contributed more than $87-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.

  • ADRA International had received $224,494 as of Thursday. Text-message donations account for $2,480 of that total.
  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee had raised $725,000 as of Thursday.
  • The American Red Cross had raised approximately $64-million as of Thursday afternoon. Text-message contributions accounted for more than $2.8-million of that total.
  • AmeriCares had received $1.8-million as of Thursday.
  • Brother’s Brother Foundation has received more than $84,000 as of Thursday.
  • Catholic Relief Services had raised $1,084,586 as of Thursday.
  • Direct Relief International had raised $1,008,348 as of Thursday.
  • Give2Asia has received $1.5-million for relief efforts as of Thursday.
  • Habitat for Humanity International had received $87,651 as of Thursday.
  • International Medical Corps had raised $1,092,400 as of Wednesday. Text-message gifts account for $21,270 of that total.
  • International Rescue Committee had received roughly $450,000 as of Thursday.
  • Islamic Relief had raised more than $120,000 as of Thursday.
  • The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago had raised $88,931 as of Thursday.
  • Medical Teams International has received $56,200 as of Wednesday.
  • The Mennonite Central Committee had received $29,000 from American donors as of Thursday. Canadian donors contributed an additional $13,000.
  • Mercy Corps had received $2.1-million as of Thursday.
  • Operation USA had received about $10,000 as of Thursday.
  • Relief International had received $20,500 as of Thursday.
  • Project HOPE had raised $650,000 as of Thursday.
  • The Salvation Army had received more than $2.5-million as of Thursday. Of that total, more than $125,000 came in via text message, $2.3-million online, and $59,000 by telephone.
  • Save the Children had raised $5.8-million in the United States as of Thursday. Of that total, $38,000 has come in via text message.
  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief has received more than $411,116 online and in the mail as of Thursday. The organization anticipates that Methodist churches across the country will hold a special offering this Sunday for relief efforts.
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF had raised $1,044,957 as of Thursday morning.
  • World Vision U.S. had received $3-million as of Thursday.

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 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.

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