Ten days after the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, American donors have contributed more than $136-million for relief efforts, according to a Chronicle tally. Nearly two-thirds 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. Nine days after the disaster in Haiti, donors had contributed more than $355-million, and nine days after Katrina they had given more than $740-million.
The amount of money raised for Japan is closer to the amount contributed after the 2004 Asian tsunamis. Nine days after that disaster, Americans had donated more than $163-million.
Some nonprofits have been cautious about raising money for the catastrophe in Japan because the needs are not yet clear.
- 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 $725,000 as of March 17.
- The American Red Cross had raised approximately $89-million as of March 21. Text-message contributions accounted for more than $3.7-million of that total.
- AmeriCares had received $3.6-million as of March 21.
- CARE USA had received $302,000 as of March 18.
- Brother’s Brother Foundation had received more than $133,000 as of March 21.
- Catholic Relief Services had raised $1.3-million as of March 21.
- Direct Relief International had raised more than $1.6-million as of March 21. Text-message donations accounted for $1,000 of that total.
- Give2Asia had received $2-million for relief efforts as of March 21.
- 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 $202,147 as of March 21.
- International Medical Corps had raised nearly $2-million as of March 21. Text-message gifts accounted for $24,700 of that total.
- International Rescue Committee had received $1.9-million as of March 21.
- Islamic Relief had raised more than $175,000 as of March 21.
- The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago had raised $115,111 as of March 21.
- Lutheran World Relief had raised $84,000 as of March 18.
- Medical Teams International had received $56,200 as of March 16.
- The Mennonite Central Committee had received $45,000 from American donors as of March 18. Canadian donors contributed an additional $14,000.
- Mercy Corps had received $3.6-million as of March 21.
- Operation Blessing International had received $1.3-million as of March 21.
- Operation USA had received about $10,000 as of March 17.
- 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 more than $3.74-million as of March 21. Of that total, more than $142,000 came in via text message, $3.3-million online, $196,000 through the mail, and $82,000 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 more than $500,000 online as of March 18.
- U.S. Fund for UNICEF had raised $1.5-million as of March 21.
- United Way Worldwide had raised more than $6-million as of March 21.
- World Vision U.S. had received $4.2-million as of March 21.
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 work only 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.