It's extremely frustrating to feel helpless. And that's how I felt when I watched images of the horrifying tragedy in Japan flash across my TV screen. I'm sure hundreds of thousands, if not millions, share similar sentiments. When a disaster first hits, the urge to give aid can sometimes be overwhelming, and many will rush to donate. However, that's not always the wisest approach.
Many of you have probably chosen to go with the Red Cross because that seems to be the go-to charity that everyone from Britney Spears to CNN is promoting, but there are actually other really great options as well. It's crucial to check the history of nonprofits in Japan to make sure the donations are actually being put to proper use, and picking NGOs that understand the infrastructure of Japan is really important. A savvy alternative would be the Salvation Army, which is an NGO that has been in Japan since 1895 and has set up more than 80 centers. Read on for tips on the best way to donate to Japan.