There have been many articles written on this subject,
so I'll just reiterate the most salient points.
1. Send money, not stuff - It makes it much easier to get what is needed where it's needed as quickly as possible.
2. Give to organizations that are already mobilized, and find a nonprofit you trust - This helps ensure your gift will touch those who need it as quickly and effectively as possible.
3. Give a non-earmarked or restricted gift - Nonprofits are most effective if they can choose how they spend their money, and money does not go unused in one place while there is still need in another.
4. Waiting for a while is not wrong - It takes some time for charities to figure out how best to respond, and rebuilding will be a long process, so your donations will likely be needed for a long time to come.
(in addition to those I've already posted)
You can donate directly to
THE RED CROSS or SAVE THE CHILDREN In Japan, Via THIS LINK.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, has a long list of organizations that are actively working on the relief effort at this time, including:
- - Doctors Without Borders.
- - Helping Hand (USA) For Relief and Development.
- - Shelter Box.
- - Project HOPE.
- - National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
- - K.I.D.S.
- - Medical Teams International.
- - Mercy Corps.
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.