You are a generous thoughtful person, but here is something more YOU can do to help Japan:
Consider sending a check instead of using your credit card, and do not donate via text messages! Here’s why it matters.
We know Japan has been devastated by a massive earthquake and the entire world feels pretty helpless. Americans are among those opening their generous hearts and their wallets to help. But do you realize our credit card companies turn huge profits from this generosity, and telephone companies cause huge delays?
Every time Americans use their credit card to make a charitable contribution, credit card companies keep as much as 3% for processing and transaction fees.
If you donate via text message, your donations may take up to 90 days to reach aid organizations that need the money as soon as possible. This includes AT&T and Verizon cell service.
Instead of using the convenience of your credit card and text messaging – please take a few moments to look up the correct name and address of the charity you are supporting. Mailing a check is not really difficult, and the entire amount can be fully appreciated by the organization you support. ***When mailing a check, be sure to include your name and address to ensure correct preparation of your receipt for tax purposes.***
(Go to the end of this post for address and contact information -in no particular order- of several deserving popular charities.)
Take another moment and consider who best uses the hard earned money you are willingly parting with:
* Which organizations are on the ground NOW and already setup with personnel in Japan
* Which organization has the better track record
* Which organizations have high administrative costs, and which operate lean but efficiently
Call toll-free number at 1-888-392-0392 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Doctors Without Borders USA
PO Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741
* Doctors Without Borders is sending highly trained teams of doctors into the hardest-hit and most difficult-to-reach regions of Japan. (Note: Doctors Without Borders is not accepting contributions “earmarked” for Japan, but rather drawing from general support to enable their important response work there.)
Chair Janet McKinley – Director Raymond Offenheiser
226 Causeway Street 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts USA 02114-2206
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97209
American Red Cross
PO Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
* The Red Cross operates 92 hospitals in Japan and has deployed 700 medical relief volunteers across the country already.
Oxfam America: http://chn.ge/hd3n4C
International Medical Corps: http://chn.ge/hhkQhT
Habitat for Humanity: http://chn.ge/e8OX7r
UN Foundation: http://chn.ge/hVZ5uu
American Red Cross: http://chn.ge/eWtkti
When mailing a check, please indicate your designation on the check’s memo line, such as Japan, New Zealand, Haiti Relief and Development.