April 18, 2011

Concerns that well-meaning non-profits could make situation in Japan worse

Posted in Philanthropy at 3:10 pm by philanthropynews

The scenes from Japan are almost unbearable to watch. More than 450,000 homeless. Shortages of gas and food. A crippled nuclear facility that seems to grow more unstable by the day.

It’s the type of calamity that makes you want to send a check to a relief organization. But philanthropic experts say there are more effective ways to spend your charitable dollars. And there are concerns that well-meaning nonprofits could make the situation in Japan even worse.

Through March, U.S. charities had raised $87 million for relief efforts, far less than the $210 million raised in the six days after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

(Read more via USA Today.)