04 April 2011

Monday's Musing

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." - Winston Churchill

Have a great week and be true to yourself!

Sakaki report: beaded shawl finished and ready to be blocked. Pattern test knitted. Corrections and clarifications being made. Pattern to be released this week.

Dilemma: to what charity shall the proceeds be donated? MSF is not earmarking funds for Japan but they are doing a ton of work there. As much as I admire the Red Cross, a little too much of each donation goes to overhead for my taste. I am inclined to give the first sales through some period of time (perhaps June) to a charity that allows earmarking for Japan, and the remainder (up to 10,000 patterns sold, like Brandywine) to MSF, even though they are not earmarking donations. I admire them tremendously and I know they will continue to work in Japan until they are no longer needed.

Do any of you have suggestions for a great charity doing work in Japan?

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16 Comments:

OpenID soundknitworks said...

Check out Global Medic (http://www.globalmedic.ca/). They have almost zero overhead and deploy quickly.

Also, when considering charities who earmark, it is often times better to let the charity decide where the money is needed, some of the money may be spent on this tragedy, but if not they have it ready to spend the instant the next natural disaster occurs.

10:11 AM  
Blogger santafejohnsons said...

I was going to suggest checking out World Vision, as they claim to have a special section for Japan donations. Charity Navigator rates them as 4 stars (one of the highest), however Charity Navigator lists that World Vision is not committed to using all of the funds for Japan. I would suggest investigating World Vision further, or else refer to this page from Charity Navigator for other organizations - http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1221

Good luck!

10:28 AM  
OpenID dyedinthewool said...

Personally speaking, I would prefer MSF for the whole thing becuase although they are not earmarking funds for Japan, there are so many places where they work which never get global recognition but have just as great a need.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I have no personal experience with them, but I have heard good things about Americares. They allow you to specify donations for their work in Japan, and their website says that 98% of donations go to aid.
(www.americares.org)

11:21 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Another one you could consider is Mercy Corp http://www.mercycorps.org/

11:37 AM  
Blogger Natalie Servant said...

I'm very happy donating to MSF because I know that although Japan is likely the biggest most recent disaster on people's minds, they are also in many other areas that need help like Ivory Coast & Libya.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

We donated to Mercy Corps because they work w/a Japanese charity directly.

2:40 PM  
Blogger norabrown said...

I highly recommend World Vision.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I love MSF. And here are six ways you can help pets and animals in Japan. http://huff.to/dOZmmI and here's another page on the animals - http://bit.ly/hsjJSl. I've donated to a variety of human Japanese aid sites, and I have also donated to the animals. Just a thought.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Lorajean Kelley said...

Mercy Corp is where I'm donating $$ from the sales of Sakura

4:36 PM  
Blogger Diane in Oregon said...

I like Mercy Corps - I think they allow designating where you want your donation to go, but I'm not sure.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Marla said...

A woman with family in Japan asked that people donate to http://www.shelterbox.org/

4:54 PM  
Anonymous dee said...

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6621121/k.3D08/Japan_Earthquake_Tsunami_Relief.html

This is from the Save the Children site:

Donations to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund will exclusively be used to help provide disaster relief and support for Japanese children. In addition to immediate relief, this fund will help support long-term recovery plans to restore education and child care in Japanese communities ravaged by the disasters.

Charity Navigator also has a resource page on charities working in Japan. Mercy Corps, World Vision and Americares among others have good reviews. I've also donated to animal relief/rescue funds like JEARS and World Vets although I don't know much about their financial accountability.

Best wishes and continued success in all your endeavors. Thanks for always providing a happy thought and for being part of the solution.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll cast my vote for MSF as well....we know that they are doing good work in Japan, even if they are not accepting earmarked funds.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

How about Shelterbox?

http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

8:41 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

How about Habitat for Humanity? If you go to their website, there's a link especially for Japan. I agree with you about the Red Cross.

4:44 PM  

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