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Dear Friends,


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation extends the deepest sympathy to all those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, including those among our own Board, staff, families, and program participants who are currently residing in the affected areas. 


Over the past several days, many in our community have approached us with generous offers of contributions for the Japanese relief effort, and we are heartened and deeply grateful for these gestures.  While the Foundation itself does not have the capacity to receive and distribute such donations, we would like to suggest directing your support to the following five 501(c)(3) organizations, each of which has our highest confidence in their abilities to contribute in a meaningful way to the relief effort currently underway in Japan.


Give2Asia has identified several local Japanese organizations that are responding to the disaster, such as Japanese Emergency NGOs (JEN), Saigai Volunteer Katsudo Shien Project Kaigi, Shanti Volunteer Association, Rescue Stock Yard, and Niigata Saigai (Disaster Volunteer Network).  Give2Asia is confident that these organizations have the knowledge and relationships to provide appropriate assistance that respects and involves the survivors.  Give2Asia is working with these organizations to obtain more information about their relief operations and how your donations can help. 


InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.  While InterAction does not solicit donations directly, the link above directs users to the various InterAction members doing work in response to the quake/tsunami, and it provides information on a variety of ways to contribute to the relief effort.


Japan Center for International Exchange
JCIE/USA has created a Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund to support emergency relief and long-term recovery efforts by Japanese organizations.  Half of the funds raised will go directly to the Japan-based Center for Public Resources Development’s “Give One” initiative, which raises funds for leading Japanese organizations working on the ground to provide immediate disaster relief.  The other half will be used to establish a separate fund to support Japanese organizations engaged in long-term reconstruction efforts, which will be critical in the months and years ahead.


Sasakawa Peace Foundation  
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation is working with its parent, Nippon Foundation, to raise funds for "The Nippon Foundation/CANPAN Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund."  The Nippon Foundation possesses the skills, network and experience to identify and work with capable and trusted local partners and to provide them with effective, accountable and timely support.  According to the Nippon Foundation, specific usage of collected funds has not yet been determined since the nation is still assessing total damages, but the focus of the fund will be to provide assistance to the elderly, disabled, immigrants, orphans and others whose particular needs are often left unmet.  Funds will only support direct costs and ensure the highest degree of transparency; use of funds will be reported on the Nippon Foundation's website.


U.S.-Japan Council
USJC is focusing its earthquake and tsunami relief and rebuilding efforts on two initiatives.  First, it established the U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund to support Japanese non-profit and non-governmental organizations.  100% of donations will be directed to relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.  Second, the Council has established the

U.S.-Japan Relief Network as a resource to promote the efforts of a coalition of organizations raising funds for relief.  



L. Gordon Flake

Executive Director

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

March 18, 2011



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