I love this effort for the blogging world to devote a day to focus our thoughts on the devastating situation in Japan. In my efforts to learn more about the organization behind this effort I was not able to find out what percentage of the donated funds went to the people who are suffering.
If I hear from “Japan with Love” I will let you know. I have no reason to believe that they will not be using your donations efficiently, but I don’t want to recommend a cause without being able to tell you all of the facts.
Personally, I have donated to Direct Relief International. This organization was rated as being efficient in fundraising for the past 8 years by Forbes magazine. Their fundraising and administration costs are all covered by other sources so 100% of the donations they receive go to programatic work (i.e. people in need). DRI has negotiated with medical supply companies and Fed ex, so that for every $1 donated, they are able to provide $30 (wholesale) worth of product. To learn more click on DRI.
I think the important point is that we all take time to focus on Japan and to decide what we can do to best help those who are suffering.