How you can help (a partial list)


SHAKEN — MIYAKO, Japan – A man surveys the destruction to the tsunami-devastated city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture on March 12, a day after Japan’s strongest recorded earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 hit the country. Kyodo News photo


Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has established a bank account to accept donations. Donations are planned to be remitted to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Send a check payable to Consulate General of Japan, attention to “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” and send them to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, 50 Fremont St., Suite 2300, San Francisco, CA 94105. Direct deposits can also be made to the Union Bank Donation Account; for info: The consulate is not accepting cash donations.


Buddhist Churches of America (BCA)

The BCA is accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food and diapers to be shipped over to their parent temple in Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto. Donations are directed to the Sacramento Buddhist Church at 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818. They have requested such items as: Top Ramen/Cup-o-Noodles/freeze dried foods, Power Bars/Cliff Bars/breakfast bars and Meals Ready to Eat. They will have Boy Scout troops available to pick up donations Friday, March 18 from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are also accepting donations at



Eth-Noh-Tec Kinetic Story Theater will host a benefit performance for those affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor disasters, at Eth-Noh-Tec Studio 977 South Van Ness Ave., Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Featuring harpist Destiny; vocal talents of Kathy Fuji-Oka, Lenore Chinn, Matthew McKinley, and Flo Oy Wong; spoken word by Aimee Suzara and Fil Am and Amber Field on various instruments. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $100, all ages are welcomed.


Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California is accepting checks made payable to the “American Red Cross,” note “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief” in the memo. Contributions will be forwarded to the American Red Cross on behalf of JCCNC members.

Send checks to JCCNC, 1875 South Grant St., San Mateo, CA 94402.


Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California is soliciting donations to be made to the National YMCA. One hundred percent of the cash donations will go toward relief work in Japan. Donate at or send a check to the JCCCNC at 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115. Make checks out to: “Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.”


The Japan Society of Northern California

The Japan Society of Northern California is accepting donations for its Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Donations are accepted online, by wire transfer or mail. For info,


Konko Church of North America (KCNA)

Of the 30 Konko churches in the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami, according to the Rev. Masato Kawahatsu of the Konko Church of San Francisco, eight have been damaged, two have been destroyed and 10 have not been heard of since the disaster. The Konko Center in South San Francisco is collecting donations to be sent to the church’s headquarters in Japan. They ask that checks be made out to the Konko Church SSG and sent to P.O. Box 703 South San Francisco, CA 94083. There is also a PayPal donation button online at


Southern California:

Japan America Society of Southern California

The 100-year old nonprofit with both local and national chapters, has set up a special fund. Checks may be sent to: Japan America Society, 345 So. Figueroa St., Suite M-1, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Identify “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” in the check memo line. Secure online donations can be made at Funds will be forwarded to full-time humanitarian organizations in Japan that the government of Japan and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo recommends.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce Foundation is accepting cash donations on the behalf of UNICEF. Send checks payable to “US Fund for UNICEF” with the note “Japan Disaster Fund” and send to 244 South San Pedro St., Room 504, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more info, (213) 626-3067.



American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has mobilized volunteers to support more than 2,500 people currently seeking refuge from the tsunami waves. They remain on standby to provide food and blood. Texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 will provide a $10 donation.


AmeriCares is soliciting donations to help coordinate relief to disaster-affected regions. They have sent an emergency response manager and are currently assessing their needs for aid. AmeriCares is also indirect contact with hospitals treating the injured from Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures. For info,

Convoy Of Hope

Convoy of Hope is currently looking for donations to help deploy teams and supplies to devastated areas. Text “TSUNAMI” to 50555 for a $10 donation or visit

International Medical Corps

An International Medical Corps emergency response team is on the ground in Japan and is coordinating with local officials to support response efforts and fill critical gaps. The team is assessing post disaster conditions and prepping critical supplies for delivery to the earthquake zone. They hope to focus on communities that have not yet been reached by other relief efforts. Contributions are accepted online, at, and by texting “MED” to 80888 for a $10 donation.

Japan Society of New York

The Japan Society of New York is raising funds to aid in the relief of victims of the earthquake and tsunami. The Japan Society of New York will donate 50 percent of all tickets and admission sales to the fund through June 30. They will also donate 100 percent of the proceeds from Concert for Japan, which will take place Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. They are also accepting cash donations. For info:

Operation USA

Operation USA has pledged to aid Japan. Donations are being accepted online at, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or checks made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232. United frequent flyer miles are also accepted.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has dispatched three emergency service relief teams to Japan, including to assist the victims who have been evacuated from areas threatened by the nuclear power plants. Donations can be made online,; by phone, 1-800-SAL-ARMY; by texting “Japan” to 80888 for a $10 donation; and by mail, The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore MD 21263

Save The Children

To respond to the needs of children affected by the disaster, Save the Children is soliciting donations on its Website,, and by texting JAPAN to 20222 for a $10 donation.

World Vision

World Vision has dispatched relief workers to affected areas to help set up “child-friendly spaces.” The charity has experience with tsunami relief, including helping victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. They are currently accepting donations by texting “4JAPAN” to 20222 for a $10 donation.

For tips on determining which charitable funds to consider supporting, visit the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charity Accountability:, or call (703) 276.0100.


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