Donations to Japan trail those for Katrina, Haiti
Travers O'Leary, a freshman at St. Mary's College in Maryland, gave $10 last year to help victims of Haiti's earthquake. But nearly a week after an earthquake and tunami wiped out parts of northweastern Japan and badly damaged nuclear reactors, O'Leary hadn't donated to those relief efforts.
He feels bad saying it, he said, but he doesn't think Japan need the money.
"I look at Japan as such a developed country," O'Leary, 19, said Thursday afternoon, as he and a friend sipped drinks in Rockville, Md. "In my mind, I feel like they have the funds to handle the disaster, where Haiti didn't."
If figures on U.S. charitabale giving to Japan are any indication, plenty of people share O'Learly's view. Philanthoropy experts say the belief that a country with the world's third-largest economy doesn't need outside help is a key reason private U.S. donations to Japan are lagging far behind those for other recent disasters, including the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.
As of Wednesday, the American Red Cross raised $47 million for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. At the same point after Haiti's quake, it had raised $92.3 million.
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian aid group, said it had raised $3 million for Japan from American donors as of noon Thursday, compared with $15.8 million in the week after the Haiti quake.
Charity Navigator, which ranks charities' financial performance, said its survey of a dozen large U.s. charitable groups found that they had raised $64 million for Japan. Six days after the Haiti quake, those organizations had raised $210 million. Six days after hurricane Katrina hit, that figure was $447 million.
"Japan is a very developed nation, and its government hasn't put out a huge call for assistance like they did in Haiti," Charity Navigator spokeswoman Sandra Miniutte said. "But if you look at the images on TV, it's clear there will be a role for chariteis to play."
ハイチの地震 カトリナハリケーン 東北関東大震災
アメリカンレッドクロス $92.3million $47million
World Vision $15.8 million $3million
Charity groups $210 million $457million $64million