Earthquake, Tsunami & Nuclear Crisis in Japan

CERF+ has compiled the following information about providing assistance in the wake of the disaster in Japan. As this list is not complete, please contact Cornelia Carey if you know of other events or organizations active in responding.

Fundraising Events
Mashiko Pottery Fund
Ken Matsuzaki, a renowned potter from Mashiko, is working with the Mayor of Mashiko and Massachusetts-based Mudflat Studio to set up a foundation to help potters affected by the disaster.  For more information, visit

The kaleidoscope community has many artist, retailer and collector friends in Japan.  Many were affected by the tragedies there as, we understand, was the kaleidoscope museum in Sendai.  In order to lend support, the kaleidoscope community is launching a Relief Fund Auction planned to take place at the Brewster Kaleidoscope Convention in Cincinnati from May 12 – May 15.  Individuals are being asked for donations of kaleidoscopes as well as monetary contributions. To make a donation or place a bid, please contact: Bob Sabath at 262-552-7180 or

Organizations Mobilizing in Japan:
In the wake of significant disasters, CERF+ believes that supporting the first responders is the best place to start. However, we continue to get mixed reports how to advise those who want help in the unfolding crisis in Japan. We do know that the following organizations are accepting donations and/or mobilizing directly in Japan:

American Red Cross

Architecture for Humanity
Consulate General of Japan
Convoy of Hope
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Global Giving
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Japan Foundation
Mercy Corps
Network for Good

Oxfam America
Project HOPE
Relief International
Save the Children
Shelter Box
The J.C.C.Fund
World Vision


Google Crisis Response


This service from Google provides real time damage and relief updates in Japan.


ReliefWeb is tracking updates on humanitarian relief efforts in the region.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator has compiled a set of disaster relief giving tips and a listing of organizations providing relief in Japan.

General Guides for Funding Disaster

A Donor’s Guide to Giving After a Disaster

This is an informative article about the do’s and don’ts to help you make the best donation decisions after a disaster.

IRS: Disaster Relief – Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations (pdf)

Helpful tips about charities and tax deductions for people who want to make contributions to disaster relief efforts.

Other Articles and Blogs of Interest

Global Ceramics Community Comes Together for Japan, March 23 Ceramic Arts Daily

Todd’s Wanderings — How to Help Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Survivors by giving to Japanese Organizations

Bommer Tech Talk — Social Media in Times of Crisis – Japan Earthquake Tsunami

Euan the Potter blog – provides a firsthand account of the earthquake and its aftermath. Euan Craig lives in the historical pottery town of Mashiko, where Shoji Hamada lived and worked until his death in 1978. Mashiko and its pottery community were hit hard by the Earthquake and the unfolding nuclear crisis.


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