How to Help: Relief organizations aiding Japan quake and tsunami victims

Many international, national and local organizations and funds have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the unfolding disaster in Japan.

Japanese evacuees

People rest at a shelter for earthquake and tsunami evacuees in Miyako city in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan, March15, 2011 (Reuters-Kyodo)

The Cal Japan Club and the Japanese Graduates and Researchers Society are among UC Berkeley groups encouraging the campus community to donate funds to authorized organizations so that “professionals can use the money to distribute what the victims really need.”

Information below is from various organizations’ websites. For tips on giving to charities, see

Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Donations to its Children’s Emergency Fund will help support outreach efforts.

UNICEF: Disaster in Japan
The world’s leading organization for children has extensive experience helping children who have survived trauma related to natural and man-made crises.

International Medical Corps
The IMC is assembling relief teams and supplies, and has partners in Japan and other countries to assess needs and coordinate activities.

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Donations will supoort Red Cross relief efforts throughout the Pacific.

The Salvation Army: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
Teams in Japan are distributing basic necessities to survivors and assessing damage to determine next steps.

International Medical Corps
A team in Japan is assessing post disaster conditions and prepping critical supplies for delivery, focusing efforts on communities that have not yet been reached.

Doctors Without Borders
Staff is working in evacuation centers and starting clinics.

Global Giving: The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
This project disburses funds to organizations such as International Medical Corps and Save the Children that are providing relief and emergency services to victims.

World Vision: Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief
This organization is focusing its efforts on responding to the emotional needs of children suffering from trauma in Japan.

Japan Society of Northern California: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
Donations will go to organizations in Japan supporting the relief and recovery efforts being identified by the society’s partners at Give2Asia.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California: Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
All donations will go directly towards citizen relief efforts in the most affected areas.

Relief International
Staff is working with Japanese aid groups to provide immediate medical support to survivors.

Humane Society International:
HSI is committed to supporting Japanese citizens and organizations working to help animals affected by the disaster.