University Message on Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami

March 23, 2011Bookmark and Share

Columbia University expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake, and our thoughts and concerns are with the people of Japan.

See more information on upcoming local events related to the Japan earthquake.

Donations for Earthquake Relief
For individuals interested in helping those affected by the earthquake, there are a number of organizations in the process of or planning to provide relief:
The American Red Cross is working with the Japanese Red Cross to assess their needs. To contribute, go to and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. A $10 donation can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Doctors Without Borders is running mobile clinics and conducting needs assessments, which will determine the full scope of MSF's response. They are drawing on unrestricted donations, and are not accepting donations specifically earmarked for recovery efforts in Japan. Donations can be made at or by phone 1-888-392-0392.
The Japan Society has created a disaster relief fund to aid victims. To donate go to
The Japanese Medical Society of America aims to fund the acute and future medical needs arising from the current situation in Japan. This will include not only the physical aspects but also the mental health issues. You can donate on their Web site at
MercyCorp, through its longstanding partner Peace Winds Japan, is working to help survivors of the earthquake and tsunami.
The Salvation Army has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas threatened by the damage of nuclear power plants. Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Make sure to respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive.) Go to or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Save the Children has a team in Sendai, one of the worst-affected areas, establishing an operations base to help the most vulnerable children and their families. To make a donation, visit, call 1-800-728-3843, or text “JAPAN” to 20222 to donate $10. is a disaster-relief organization that focuses on providing survival materials such as tents and cooking equipment to families displaced by disasters. Please visit their website to make an online donation.