Don’t Send Japan Money

March 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM Leave a comment

Following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, many are giving to help in relief efforts. In Slate, however, Annie Lowrey argues that donors should not insist on their money going to Japan specifically.

Nonprofits are required to spend money where it’s directed. Japan simply may not be able to use your money:

Japanese businesses and families tend to be well-insured. The Japanese government is perhaps the best in the world when it comes to disaster management, given the country’s frequent temblors and the experience of the Kobe earthquake. And the country has extraordinary financial resources.

She advises giving to an established international group and leaving them leeway to use your money where their expertise tells them it’s most needed.

UPDATE: It looks like people are following Lowrey’s advice: CNN/Money compares amounts given in the first week since the quake to the responses following other disasters and finds giving is lagging here.

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