Wednesday, March 23, 2011
According to an article appearing in today's Chronicle of Philanthropy, the rate of donations for relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Japan is slower than after last year's earthquake in Haiti and after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The article maintains that more than a dozen relief groups contacted by The Chronicle said they were not raising money for relief efforts in Japan. Some organizations, such as Oxfam America, report they are still determining how they will respond to the disaster. Others, such as American Jewish World Service, said they are not responding because they work only in developing countries. Meanwhile, some others have been cautious about raising money for the catastrophe because the needs are not yet clear -- at least, so they claim.
Notwithstanding the slow response, however, American donors have thus far contributed over $136 million for the relief effort. Nearly two-thirds of the total has been raised buy one organization -- the American Red Cross.