Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Japan Society accepts donations to the Japan Relief Fund from individuals, corporations and organizations. We are currently accepting contributions for Typhoon Hagibis, Tohoku (Great East Japan Earthquake) and Kumamoto (2016 Kumamoto Earthquake). If you have any questions, please see the list below of commonly asked questions. If this list does not answer your questions sufficiently, please send an email to

1. How will my donation to the Japan Relief Fund be used?

The Japan Relief Fund supports relief and recovery activities in communities affected by Typhoon Hagibis, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Information on the organizations in Tohoku and Kumamoto that we support can be found here.

Criteria in our selection process includes implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength and transparency. We will make announcements about where additional funds will be allocated in the future as we complete our due diligence on potential recipients.

2. How do I specify where I would like my contribution to be used?

Please make your check out to "Japan Society." Designate where you would like the funds to be used in the memo section of check "Hagibis," "Tohoku," or "Kumamoto."

If a specific designation is not included, Japan Society will use the funds for Typhoon Hagibis.

3. Is Japan Society a nonprofit organization? Will my donation be tax-deductible?

Japan Society is an American nonprofit, tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Following your donation you will receive an acknowledgment for your 100% tax-deductible donation with additional receipt information through the mail. With the exception of 3% for credit card donations for Typhoon Hagibis, 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.

4. What percentage of my donation will go to administrative costs?

With the exception of 3% for credit card donations for Typhoon Hagibis, 100% of donations will go directly to organizations contributing to relief and recovery efforts.

5. How long will you be accepting donations?

As long as individuals, corporations and foundations show interest in supporting the longer term recovery and reconstruction process in Japan, Japan Society will keep the Japan Relief Fund open for contributions. We have decided to stop accepting contributions for Kumamoto by December 31, 2019.

6. Is it possible to make a tax-deductible donation as an anonymous donor?

Yes, it is possible to make a tax-deductible donation and credit your donation as anonymous. Please check the box next to “Anonymous” in the Additional Information section of the donation form. We will require your personal information in order to finalize payment and make your gift tax deductible, but this information will not be disclosed. We understand your privacy concerns and appreciate your support of the relief effort.

7. I would like to set up a collection at my business, workplace, school, club or place of worship for the Japan Relief Fund. Is this possible?

Please contact with your name, organization, contact information and brief fundraising plan for the Japan Relief Fund. In the meantime, the most helpful way to assist Japan Society at this time is to direct those who are interested in making a contribution to our website. Thank you for your help!

8. Can I rent Japan Society’s facilities for a fundraiser or partner with Japan Society to hold a fundraiser at your building?

Due to a full programming schedule and limited resources, Japan Society is unable to accommodate additional onsite fundraisers. We appreciate your efforts and encourage you to consider the fund collection options outlined above.

9. Can I volunteer instead of donating?

Japan Society has very limited needs for volunteers for the administration of the Japan Relief Fund. However, if you wish, you may send an email to Japan Society Human Resources at citing your background and qualifications. We will contact you if an appropriate volunteer opportunity becomes available.

10. I would like to donate clothing, non-perishable food, toiletries, art or other non-cash items. Is this possible?

We appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to help the people of Japan, but unfortunately Japan Society is not in a position to accept gifts of this nature due to limited resources.

11. I would like to make a donation to be acknowledged in honor of, or on the behalf of someone else. Is this possible?

Please email and we will be happy to speak with you in hopes of accommodating your needs. The appropriate Japan Society staff member will respond as soon as possible. Please note that we are also happy to accept anonymous donations.

12. I want to speak with the person in charge of the Japan Relief Fund.

Please email and we will refer your question to the appropriate staff member who can best assist you. If you wish to write or speak in Japanese, please do so. The appropriate staff members can assist you in Japanese.


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