August 8th, 2018
While the campaign period has ended, we are leaving the donation page open until the end of August for anyone who has not yet had a chance to donate. We are waiting for the remaining funds to hit our bank account account and then will remit your donations to Japan Platform. To stay up to date on the recovery efforts, please visit: http://www.japanplatform.org/E/programs/westernjapan-disaster2018.html
July 30th, 2018
We are beyond grateful to all of the JET alumni and friends of Japan who have donated to our campaign to support the recovery in western Japan. Thanks to you support, we have surpassed our goal of $5,000, reaching a total of $6,163 with one more day of the campaign to go.
For more information about the activities and programs that Japan Platform is helping facilitate for the recovery, please visit: http://www.japanplatform.org/E/programs/westernjapan-disaster2018.html
July 24th, 2018
Our contacts in Japan working for the State Department passed on the following compiled list of information about donating and volunteering: https://usjetaa.org/western-japan-donation-volunteer/
July 23rd, 2018
We are happy to report that USJETAA has so far raised $5,323 for the Japan Platform's recovery efforts in western Japan. Today we sent the first half of the funds, 285,523.00 JPY ($2,661.50 USD), to Japan Platform by wire transfer which will arrive within the next day or two.
We are still accepting donations so if you haven't donated yet you still can.
Japan Platform is working directly with the following organizations on the ground in western Japan: Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), Peace Board Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV), Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR), Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA), and PARC Interpeoples' Cooperation (PARCIC).
Updates from Japan Platform
22nd, July, 2018: Thanks to donation we accept from you, we decided to subsidize JPF NGO member; Good Neighbors Japan (GNJP), Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning （JOICFP）and started to the supporting programs. Please look at the NGO Unit tab.
18th, July, 2018 - 22nd, July, 2018: JPF second and third Emergency Response teams are continuously doing response activities, especially in Ehime, such as needs assessment, information sharing, and coordination management such as needs matching with private companies. JPF staffs daily activities are updating on Facebook every day.
15th, July, 2018: The donation we could accept from you, we decided to subsidize the activities of member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and started the support project. Please refer to the tab of the NGO activities
For more information about how Japan Platform is utilizing the funds they receive please visit: http://www.japanplatform.org/E/programs/westernjapan-disaster2018.html
July 12th, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the flooding disaster in western Japan. Many JET alumni have deep-rooted connections in these regions and with the members of the affected communities. Current JETs are still in these areas dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, while those of us here in the U.S. are closely following the news and recovery efforts.
The Japan Times reports that more than 200 people have died due to the record rainfall and resulting flooding, with the death toll climbing higher every day. Rescue crews are now searching for dozens of people still missing. While the flood waters have receded in most areas, there are still weather warnings and advisories in many parts of Japan. Thousands of people have evacuated from the affected areas, with Okayama, Ehime, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Kochi prefectures being hit hardest. Transportation in affected areas is still disrupted due to landslides, mudslides, extreme flooding, and infrastructure damage.
In response to the damage caused by the heavy rain, USJETAA is mobilizing JET alumni and friends of JET to raise funds for those in the affected areas. Once tax deductible funds are collected, USJETAA will allocate half the funds to the Japan Platform, which is a central association for humanitarian response NGOs. Japan Platform is a cooperative initiative between 43 key NGOs involved in humanitarian responses, the Japanese government, and the business community. They are able to very quickly get the funds to the NGOs on the ground in the disaster zone.
The remaining half of the funds will be reserved while we monitor the situation and determine the areas of long-term need and evaluate the best way to allocate funding.
Click the link below to donate:
If you prefer to donate by check, you can also send a check by mail to:
1201 15th ST NW STE 330
Washington, DC 20005
Please make checks out to USJETAA and write in the memo line that the funds are designated for “western Japan flood relief.”
USJETAA will not retain any funds for administrative costs, except those that cover the associated direct fees related to collecting and remitting the payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, USJETAA is a 501(c)(3) organization certified by the IRS and any donations made to USJETAA are fully tax deductible.
2. My company matches donations to 501(c)(3) organizations. Can I have them match my donation?
Yes, as a 501(c)(3) organization, USJETAA is eligible to receive matching funds from your company.
3. What is USJETAA's tax ID number?
USJETAA's tax ID number is 47-4042132.
4. How do I get my donation receipt?
If you contribute through the donate link above, you will receive a donation receipt immediately and you will receive an email with a copy of your receipt.
If you donate with a check, you will receive a donation receipt in the mail once your donation has been processed.
5. How will my donation be used?
USJETAA will allocate funds to the Japan Platform, which is the central association for humanitarian response NGOs. Japan Platform is a cooperative initiative between 43 key NGOs involved in humanitarian responses, the Japanese government, and the business community.
6. Will USJETAA take any fees from my donation?
USJETAA will not retain any funds for administrative costs, except those that cover the associated direct fees related to collecting and remitting the payment, such as credit card processing and exchange rate fees. We anticipate these fees will not be more than 5% of the total donations.
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