Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

Japan Society accepts donations to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund from individuals, corporations and organizations. We are currently accepting contributions for 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 japanrelief@japansociety.org.

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

The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports relief and recovery activities in Tohoku and Kumamoto. More information on the 44 organizations working in Tohoku 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, Tohoku or Kumamoto?

Please make your check out to "Japan Society." If you would like to make a contribution to Tohoku, please note "Great East Japan Earthquake" or "Tohoku" in the memo section of the check; if you would like to make a contribution to Kumamoto, please note "2016 Kumamoto Earthquake" or "Kumamoto" in the memo section of the check. Online, you will be able to select your preferred option..

If a specific designation is not included, Japan Society will make the decision, but please be assured all funds received will be used in either Tohoku or Kumamoto.

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.

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

100% of donations will go directly to organizations contributing to relief and recovery efforts in Tohoku or Kumamoto.

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 Earthquake Relief Fund open for contributions. As we know from past experience, the need is great not just in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but also in the longer term recovery and reconstruction process.

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 indicate “Anonymous” in the donation form’s “Donor Acknowledgment” field. 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 Earthquake Relief Fund. Is this possible?

Please contact japanrelief@japansociety.org with your name, organization, contact information and brief fundraising plan for the Japan Earthquake 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, www.japansociety.org/earthquake. 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 Earthquake Relief Fund. However, if you wish, you may send an email to Japan Society Human Resources at jfenton@japansociety.org 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 japanrelief@japansociety.org 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 Earthquake Fund.

Please email japanrelief@japansociety.org 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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