By now, everyone has heard numerous stories about the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. In an effort to spread the news about charity options, I wanted to post some great links about places to donate if you would like to give back to Japan.
The header banner I’ve placed on this blog is to direct those interested to Daniella Orihuela-Gruber’s effort to unite the anime and manga bloggers to donate to the chosen charities of Shelterbox and Doctors Without Borders. More information can be found on the site by clicking the banner or at Anime and Manga Bloggers for Japan. If you are also a blogger with your own site you can download the banners and place them on your page to pass on the information to as many as possible.
Another charity I’ve gotten good information on is from Patrick Macias, senior editor at Otaku USA magazine. The Japan Society based out of New York has established a Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. This program will allow you to use your employer’s donation match, if you have that as an option with charity donations. Testimony from Patrick can be found on Otaku USA’s site, as well as the link to the donation site. If you are already familiar with The Japan Society, here’s a direct link to the donation page.
A third option is the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, located on globalgiving.com. This charity has been recommended by major media sources such as ABC News, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Time magazine.
There is also a Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund organized by the American Red Cross that you may choose.
There are so many organizations making efforts to help assist the Japanese communities. These I listed are just a few. If you are interested in targeting a more specific charity like housing or children, take a look at the links on ABC News.
I just wanted to say I think it’s great that the anime and manga blogging community is so responsive to the needs of Japan. I hope others will join in on the effort to support Japan in this time of need.