We all feel the urge to make donations to relief funds after major catastrophic events. Scammers and thieves around the world know it and they use it.
By all means verify that the organization is legitimate before committing any money.
If you are unsure, just stick to the Red Cross.
[Disclaimer: I am employed at IBM Belgium]
IBM will make an initial corporate donation of up to US$1 million in technology and services to Japan’s relief and recovery efforts. We are reaching out to major nonprofits and the public sector in Japan to determine how best to deploy this contribution and utilize the talents of IBM employees in Japan’s recovery.
IBMers worldwide also are encouraged to make cash donations to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross.
I am proud be an IBMer !
I’ve been struck by the reports and pictures I see from Japan. There is so much pain, so much tragedy. Yet out of it, I see the courage of the firefighters, of the policemen, of all the people who help the distressed.
To check the extend of damages and losses, check out those links:
- NY Times Interactive Map
- ABC News Before/After Pictures
- CNN Map impact of Tsunami and Earthquake
All my prayers and thoughts go to Japan.