DONATION LINK:

100% of donations received will be transferred to JCIE.

 

WHAT IS WE HEART JAPAN ABOUT?

We are a group of artists and entertainers, many with personal ties to Japan. While Japan is a robust nation, there is still a need for immediate disaster relief. The media has made us all aware of the tragedy currently unfolding in Japan and we wanted to motivate people to actually contribute in a significant way to both the immediate disaster response and longterm recovery and rebuilding efforts.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE JCIE/USA?

As a non-profit organization the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) has a long history of promoting international dialogue and cooperation between Japan and other world leaders. Since it is a Japanese organisation they are more directly connected with Japanese NGOs and responders and able to channel those efforts effectively. JCIE/USA’s Board of Trustees includes representatives of Japanese industry including Fuji Xerox and Kikkoman, as well as experts in cooperation and AID such as Peter Geithner of Harvard University and Charles Morrison, president of the East West Center.

 

ARE MY DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

JCIE/USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation operating in the United States. Donations made directly to JCIE online via their website or the link below are tax-deductible, and donating directly is what we encourage. Any donations of goods or services to the We Heart Japan event are not tax deductible at this time, however any such proceeds will be transferred 100% directly to JCIE/USA.

 

WHY IS MONEY THE BEST WAY TO DONATE?

· In the wake of the Japan Earthquake, transportation resources are at a premium with numerous ports and overland road/rail networks disrupted or destroyed, particularly on the northwestern coast of Honshu which is the most affected area. Unlike material goods, cash has no transportation costs and can be used to purchase the required supplies closer to the disaster area – improving reponse time. Purchasing supplies locally also aids in the slow process of economic recovery, provided much-needed injection of capital to disrupted businesses.

· Sorting and matching donations to the needs of responders on the ground also adds delays, as the goods donated, while well-intentioned, may not be appropriate to the immediate needs. Most goods such as clothing and food can be purchased locally and cash enables agencies to better focus their response to what is actually needed on the ground.

 

WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?

We encourage direct donations to JCIE/USA which will go into their Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund

Half (50%) of all contributions will be sent to the GiveOne initiative which is providing immediate support to Japanese NGOs including:

●            Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA)—Organization of health workers providing medical support and helps rebuild living environments for those who have been impacted by conflict, natural disasters, and poverty.

●            Japan Platform—Coalition of 32 humanitarian NGOs working together and with businesses and government agencies to ensure that that humanitarian assistance is provided quickly and effectively.

●            JEN—NGO dedicated to building global peace by helping those who have been affected by natural disasters or conflict to get back on their feet again

●            Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR, Japan)—Association providing emergency assistance to those in need around the world.

●            PeaceWinds Japan—Humanitarian organization providing support for victims of natural disasters, as well as victims of conflict and poverty around the world.

The remaining half (50%) of funds will be used to support long-term community reconstruction efforts. As Japan is still engaged in the immediate aftermath and disaster response operations, the details of how this money will be allocated is not yet known.

 

OTHER LINKS:

Give One (Japanese)

JCIE Donation

JCIE USA Earthquake NGO Fund


 

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