After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you may want to make contributions to help the victims through disaster relief agencies and charities. If you make a donation, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that you check to see if the charity meets their “Standards for Charitable Giving.” You can go to www.bbb.org/charity to obtain detailed reports on relief organizations. In addition, Charity Navigator provides advice on how to select an organization providing assistance to Japan.
Some of the more familiar relief organizations are provided below:
- American Red Cross
- Google Crisis Response
Includes donation links as well as a “person finder” link.
- Network for Good
- Salvation Army
- The Japan-America Society of Georgia
- The Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta
The Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta also has a “Book of Condolences and Encouragement” for those affected by this tragedy. It is open for signatures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 23 at the Consulate-General of Japan, 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 1600, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.