RAs Respond to Crisis in Japan


Last Friday Japan was struck by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake resulting in a devastating tsunami and an unfolding, perilous situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Regional associations have been working hard to coordinate responses by their members and share information about the latest news, needs, and resources. Below are a few highlights of how regionals are responding.

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

ABAG will serve as a clearinghouse for resources and information about relief efforts. The newly created Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts section of ABAG’s website will be updated as new information is received.  The Disaster Grantmaking section of the ABAG website provides additional resources.

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

To serve our community, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has compiled a list on the CNJG website of several national and international resources that may prove useful. It is certainly not comprehensive and will be added to as we learn more over the next several weeks.

Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington member Social Venture Partners Portland (SVPP) is coordinating with Tokyo SVP Partners to collect and channel community donations for Japan earthquake relief.

Social Venture Partners unique leveraged model of giving time and expertise alongside money means donations sent through SVPP to Tokyo have the potential to be worth many times the dollar amount contributed.  The Partners in Tokyo know the community, and will make sure monies are used where they’re most needed.

Minnesota Council on Foundations

MCF has created a resource page to assist grantmakers and individual donors who would like to support the survivors of the devastating series of natural disasters in Japan. They are also tracking reported pledges by Minnesota grantmakers on the Minnesota Grantmakers Respond page.

For more general information on how to give effectively in times of unanticipated need, visit the MCF Disaster Giving page.

Ohio Grantmakers Forum

OGF has updated their online resources to provide the most recent information on how philanthropy can help respond to last week’s disaster. In a recent blog post, OGF reminds us of the 8 principles for disaster grantmaking, as developed in the Council on Foundations’ Disaster Grantmaking (PDF):

  1. 1. Do no harm.
  2. 2. Stop, look and listen before taking action.
  3. 3. Don’t act in isolation.
  4. 4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long term.
  5. 5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
  6. 6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
  7. 7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
  8. 8. Communicate your work widely and use it as an educational tool.

How is your regional association organizing a response to this crisis? Let us know in the comments.

Image by Lost in Japan. Perdido en Japón. Used under Creative Commons license via Flickr.

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One response to “RAs Respond to Crisis in Japan

  1. The Gateway Center for Giving also created a resources page on its website for its members to learn where and how they can help.
    http://centerforgiving.org/resources/disastergrantmaking.aspx

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