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» Update on how to help Japan: no room for more funding. We recommend giving to Doctors Without Borders to promote better disaster relief in general. | The GiveWell Blog

The situation in Japan is tragic and worrying, and our hearts continue to go out to those affected and responding.

On Friday, we recommended that donors wait to see how the situation unfolds before giving. At this point we are ready to make a recommendation, though of course this is subject to change as the situation changes.

We believe that:

Those affected have requested very little, limited aid. Aid being offered far exceeds aid being requested. (Details below.)

Charities are aggressively soliciting donations, often in ways we feel are misleading (more on this in future posts).

Any donation you make will probably be used (a) by the charity you give it to, for activities in a different country; (b) for non-disaster-relief-and-recovery efforts in Japan.

If you’re looking to pursue (a) and help people in need all over the world, we recommend giving to the best charity you can, rather than basing your giving on who is appealing to you most aggressively with images and language regarding Japan.

If you prefer (b), a gift to the Japanese Red Cross seems reasonable.</ul>

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