Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Japan America Society of Southern California accepts donations to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund from individuals, corporations and organizations.  If you have any questions, please see the list below of commonly asked questions.  If this list does not answer your questions sufficiently, please send an email to 2011JRF@jas-socal.org.  If you wish to write or speak in Japanese, please do so.  The appropriate staff members can assist you in Japanese.


1. How will my donation to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund be used?

The 2011 Japan Relief Fund currently supports six organizations on the frontlines of relief and recovery in Japan. Read more about these organizations here.

Japan America Society of Southern California is committed to supporting organizations that contribute to the longer-term recovery and reconstruction effort, which many experts believe will take five years or more.  Additionally, Japan America Society is beginning to focus on the needs of children, including children who have lost one or both parents.

Criteria in our selection process included implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength and transparency.  We will make announcements about where additional funds will be allocated in the future as we complete our due diligence on potential recipients.


2. Is the Japan America Society of Southern California a nonprofit organization?  Will my donation be tax-deductible?

The Japan America Society of Southern California is a 501(c)(3) educational and charitable organization, Federal Tax ID #95–2021853.  Accordingly, donations to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund should qualify for charitable contribution tax deduction.


3. What percentage of my donation will go to administrative costs?

100% of donations will go directly to organizations in Japan contributing to the relief and recovery effort.  Japan America Society of Southern California is absorbing the administrative costs of establishing and managing the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, as well as processing donations.


4. How long will you be accepting donations?

As long as individuals, corporations and foundations show interest in supporting the longer-term recovery and reconstruction process in Japan, Japan America Society of Southern California will keep the 2011 Japan Relief Fund open for contributions.  As we know from experience, the need is great not just in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but also in the longer-term recovery and reconstruction process.


5. Is it possible to make a tax-deductible donation as an anonymous donor?

Yes, it is possible to make a tax-deductible donation and credit your donation as anonymous.  For online donations, please type “Anonymous Donation” in the “Notes” field.  For check donations, please write “Anonymous Donation” in the “Memo” line. We will require your personal information in order to finalize payment and make your gift tax deductible, but this information will not be disclosed.  We understand your privacy concerns and appreciate your support of the relief effort.


6. I would like to set up a collection at my business, workplace, school, club or place of worship for the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Is this possible?

Please contact 2011JRF@jas-socal.org with your name, organization, contact information and brief fundraising plan for the 2011 Japan Relief Fund for our review. In the meantime, the most helpful way to assist us at this time is to direct those who are interested in making a contribution to our website, www.jas-socal.org. We thank you for your help!


7.  Can I volunteer instead of donating?

From time to time, we need assistance of dedicated volunteers both at the office and at relief fundraising events.  If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to volunteer@jas-socal.org and let us know your background and qualifications.  We will contact you if an appropriate volunteer opportunity becomes available.


8. I would like to donate clothing, non-perishable food, toiletries, art or other non-cash items. Is this possible?

We appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to help the people of Japan, but unfortunately the Japan America Society of Southern California is not in a position to accept gifts of this nature due to limited resources.


9. I would like to make a donation to be acknowledged in honor of, or on the behalf of someone else. Is this possible?

Please email 2011JRF@jas-socal.org and we will be happy to speak with you in hopes of accommodating your needs. The appropriate Society staff member will respond as soon as possible. Please note that we are also happy to accept anonymous donations.


10. I want to speak with the person in charge of the Japan Earthquake Fund.

Please email 2011JRF@jas-socal.org and we will refer your question to the appropriate staff member who can best assist you.  If you wish to write or speak in Japanese, please do so.  The appropriate staff members can assist you in Japanese.


11. Would it be possible to add my benefit event to your website, or have the Japan America Society of Southern California host my benefit event, with proceeds going to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund?

The Society is working with a number of volunteer organizers to assist with their benefit events.  Please email 2011JRF@jas-socal.org, with your name, organization, contact information and brief benefit event plan for the 2011 Japan Relief Fund for our review.  We also encourage donations to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund from your own benefit events.  Thank you very much, and we applaud your efforts.


12.  Can the Japan America Society of Southern California help secure sponsors or auction items for my benefit event?

The Society has already made relief donation requests to all of our corporate and individual members to support the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, so unfortunately, we are not able make similar requests again.


13.  Can the Japan America Society of Southern California provide staff to work at my benefit event?

We appreciate the opportunity to assist with your benefit event, but unfortunately the Japan America Society of Southern California is not in a position to provide staff for third-party events.  However, if one or more of our volunteers are available and reside in close proximity to your benefit event’s venue, we will make an effort to have someone help work at your benefit event.


14. Can I sell my products (CD’s, books, T-shirts, posters, etc.) with 100% of proceeds going to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund?

Please email 2011JRF@jas-socal.org, with your name, organization, contact information and brief description of the product(s) and your sales plan to benefit the 2011 Japan Relief Fund.


15. May I use the 2011 Japan Relief Fund logo on my benefit event’s marketing materials?

The Society is working with a number of volunteer organizers to assist with their benefit events.  Please email 2011JRF@jas-socal.org, with your name, organization, contact information and brief benefit event plan for the 2011 Japan Relief Fund for our review.  In most cases we will be pleased to provide you with the 2011 Japan Relief Fund logo, with the understanding that it will not be altered in any way such as shape or color, and that whenever it is included on electronic materials, a hyperlink to www.jas-socal.org be added to the logo.   


 

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