DONATE TO: YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA
Yoshiki Foundation America is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation founded in 2010 by Japanese musician Yoshiki of the multi-million-selling rock band X Japan. A number of personal experiences brought Yoshiki to the launch of his foundation beginning with the loss of his own father when he was just a teenager. Like so many people around the world, he read news accounts and was deeply moved by the devastating effects of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe; in 2009, he paid an emotional visit to an orphanage in Sichuan, still reeling in its recovery, with so many children still displaced and orphaned. Additionally and as a tribute to Yoshiki’s late X Japan band mate, Hide, who embraced the support of children with bone marrow disease, The Yoshiki Foundation provides funds to offer assistance through music to children with this debilitating illness. Music is what kept Yoshiki moving forward with his life after his father’s passing, and bringing music to children in need is at the heart of his Foundation. While he was thankful he was in a position to donate several pianos and other musical instruments to the schools affected by the Kobe and Sichuan earthquakes, as well as having the children in the local orphanages as his personal guests at local X Japan concerts, he wanted to do more, something permanent and enduring.
On Friday, March 11, a 9.0 earthquake and catastrophic tsunami desecrated northeast Japan, killing thousands of people, injuring and/or displacing tens of thousands more, destroying property, marine life, communications and transportation systems. The physical and emotional trauma of this natural disaster has yet to be fully realized. Yoshiki Foundation America accepts donations to the JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND from individuals, corporations and other organizations. All donations received by this Yoshiki Foundation America website during this fundraising campaign will go to Japanese Red Cross Society to assist with the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami recovery efforts. The campaign began on March 11, 2011 and was scheduled to end on June 11, 2011. However, after considering the continuing needs of those affected, the Foundation will continue the campaign based upon any remaining earthquake and tsunami relief needs.
DONATE TO: JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND
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1. How will my donation be used?
All donations earmarked for the Yoshiki Foundation America “JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND” will be granted to the Japanese Red Cross Society to provide earthquake and tsunami relief.
2. Is Yoshiki Foundation America a non-profit? Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yoshiki Foundation America is a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation described in Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Deductions for charitable donations made to Yoshiki Foundation America are allowed to the extent permitted by U.S. law. If you are not subject to U.S. income taxes, you should consult your advisors to determine whether you are entitled to any tax benefits.
3. What percentage of my donation will go to Yoshiki Foundation America’s administrative costs?
No part of any contributions received during the initial phase of the fundraising campaign (March 11, 2011 through June 11, 2011) went to administrative costs. In other words, during that period of greatest needs, the Foundation absorbed all of the campaign administrative costs with the goal of putting as much of the donated funds as possible to helping the victims.
With the critical phase of the relief efforts behind us, Yoshiki Foundation America will, beginning June 12, 2011, apply 9 cents to every donation dollar received to defray campaign administrative costs.* Put another way, 91% of your donation – less bank transaction fees and PayPal processing fees (if you are donating at this website) will now go directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society to provide earthquake and tsunami relief. These fees do not apply if you send a check or money order directly to Yoshiki Foundation America.
Note: PayPal colllects 30 cents plus 2.2% of each transaction (3.2% if originating from outside the United States), and that amount is subject to change. However, between 3/11/11 and 4/10/11, PayPal is waiving its processing fees for non-profit organizations collecting donations to assist Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami relief efforts.
* In some cases, a donor and Yoshiki Foundation America may enter into an agreement for a different arrangement.
4. How long will you be accepting donations?
We will accept donations to Yoshiki Foundation America “JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND” through March 31, 2012, at which time, we will reassess whether to continue the campaign based upon any remaining earthquake and tsunami relief needs.
5. Is it possible to make a donation as an anonymous donor or make a donation in honor of someone else?
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6. I would like to set up a collection at my business, workplace, school, club or place of worship. Is this possible?
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7. Can I volunteer instead of donating?
Currently we are not accepting non-monetary donations. However, if volunteer opportunities become available, we will make the information available on our website.
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