The earthquake and tsunami in Japan left many of us speechless and overwhelmed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, we’ve checked in with our teams who were traveling at the time and discovered, with great relief, that they are fine. We’ve also been in contact with our clients and partners in Japan. Their stories of destruction, loss and devastation have given the tragedy a very human face.
We believe that in times like this, our ability to make a positive impact on people’s lives comes when we join together. To help support relief efforts in Japan, Concur and its employees will be making a donation to the Japan Platform (JPF). Concur and its executives have established a $100,000 matching fund to augment employee contributions to this international emergency humanitarian aid organization which focuses on the issues of refugees and natural disaster. If you wish, you can donate directly to the JPF, too.
If you are planning to make a private donation to a relief organization, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Do a little research on the organization and make sure that the majority of their expenses go to support people affected by the disaster (rather than on administration costs).
- Donate to organizations that you have heard of and have good reputations in the country.
- Go directly to the organization’s website rather than clicking on a link (especially beware of links in an email which are commonly scam donations).
- If you make an online donation, make sure that you trust the organization and that the site is secure (look for “https” in the URL) before entering credit card and personal information.
- Charity Navigator has a complete list of useful giving tips at their site.
Our hearts and thoughts are with the people in Japan. We hope, too, that you, your loved ones, coworkers and employees are safe.
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