Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, and Philanthropic Community responds to Japan relief efforts

Japan earthquake tragedy: March 11, 2011

Earthquake disaster in Japan

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan’s east coast on Friday March 11, 2011 thousands are dead and estimates of the numbers of dead and injured are being revised dramatically upwards.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 8.9 quake was the biggest to hit Japan since record-keeping began in the late 1800s.

The philanthropic community is responding to the tragedy with updated information on the devastation and organizations responding to the immediate needs. Current information can be obtained on Council on Foundation’s website (

Below are some charitable organizations addressing the relief efforts in Japan. If you are a donor of The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, and would like to make a gift from your fund, please contact us at 845-769-9393. The Community Foundation will also assist those who want to make gifts related to the rescue effort but do not have a charitable fund at the Foundation. Please make checks payable to Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 202, Montgomery, NY 12549, Attn: Japan Earthquake Relief” or donate on line at and check the donation box “Other – Japan Earthquake Relief”
American Red Cross: Emergency Operation Centers are open in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters.

Americares: Emergency team mobilizing resources and has dispatched an emergency response manager to the region.

Convoy of Hope: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where the organization may be of the greatest assistance.

Global Giving: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

International Medical Corps: Relief teams as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate activities.

International Rescue Committee: Has put a response team on alert for deployment.

The Jewish Federations of North America: Opened an emergency relief fund to provide aid and support to the victims of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and ensuring tsunami, as well as to those in other disaster zones.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County: (a local member organization of The Jewish Federations of North America) Send checks to 68 Stewart Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550 Attn: Earthquake Relief.

Salvation Army USA: The organization’s Hawaiian branch is assisting with damage on the Pacific Coast of the United States.

Save the Children: Mobilized to provide humanitarian relief in the form of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter.

United Way: United Way International is engaged in long term recovery efforts to ensure a bright future for affected communities. Communications  and infrastructure have been affected by the disaster, and United Way is currently assessing the situation with its Japanese partners.

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, a 501(c)(3) public charity that was created to help individuals, organizations, and businesses establish charitable endowments. To create your own charitable endowment or to make a contribution to a fund within the Community Foundation’s umbrella, please visit, call Karen VanHouten Minogue, Executive Director at (845) 769-9393, or e-mail

Complete Contact Information:
Karen (VanHouten) Minogue
Executive Director
Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 202
Montgomery, NY 12549
PH: 845-769-9393
FX: 845-769-9391