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How to Donate to Japan

I know I'm not alone in feeling completely helpless when disaster strikes some part of the world. While it doesn't always help ease that feeling, the truth is that donating money to an organization trained to provide disaster relief is usually the best way to help.

Like anything that can be done easily online, there are of course scams to avoid. Here is a list of reputable organizations that make it easy to donate what you can to help the people of Japan.

Minimum donation is $10. They accept Visa, Discover, AmEx, MasterCard and Amazon Payments.

Donation amounts of $50, $75, $100, $250 and $500. They accept credit/debit cards and PayPal.

Donation amounts of $100, $250, $500 and $1,000. They accept major credit cards.

Donation amounts of $25, $50 and $75. They accept credit cards, PayPal, checks and gift cards.

Donation amounts of $20, $50, $100, $250 and $500. They accept major credit cards.

Donations are accepted in any amount. They accept Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover. This organization is noted for putting over 99% of a donation directly toward the victims

Donations are accepted in any amount. They accept Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover. 

Donations are accepted in any amount. They accept Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover. 

Charity Navigator offers this advice:

Knowing that people are desperately in need of food and water, it is hard not to want to pack up a box of supplies and send it to Japan. But this type of philanthropy is simply not practical or efficient. Even if mail could get to an impacted region, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them to the victims. Furthermore, charities are often able to partner with companies to acquire large amounts of in-kind donations such as bottled water and new clothing. Instead of boxing up and sending your old clothing, have a garage sale and turn your used goods into cash and donate that to a worthy charity.
Michelle Schusterman

Michelle writes books for kids, screenplays for a tv/film production company, and music for anyone who'd buy a "groove matters" bumper sticker. She lives in New York City with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She is the author of middle grade series I Heart Band - 2014, and The Kat Sinclair Files - 2015 (both from Grosset).

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  1. I want to also spread a word about what I'm doing to fund Japan. I'm giving away free ARCs but the shipping will be paid by you. However, all shipping cost will become a donation towards Red Cross Canada. Please check it out:

  2. That's awesome Diana - thanks for the link!

  3. Thank you for setting this up. I know several people from Japan who have been truly devastated by this. Most of their country has been washed away. They will be very appreciative.

  4. Thanks for gathering all this information up, Michelle. And Diana, that's a great idea to help raise donations!

  5. Michelle- thanks for doing this. It makes a huge difference to know where to donate.

  6. To everyone in the UK, we can also donate:

    Red Cross and ShelterBox are just two organisations you can donate to.

  7. Great, great post!

    Marie at the Cheetah


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