China Earthquake

Mourning the dead, helping the survivors

A Relief Fund Setup by American Red Cross for China Earthquake

On May 12, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Sichuan province in southwestern China, killing thousands of people. The American Red Cross is working with its partners in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the Red Cross Society of China, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.

Your gift to the American Red Cross will support emergency relief efforts to help those affected by this earthquake. Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include sending relief supplies, mobilizing relief workers and providing financial resources.

A Relief Fund has Setup by American Red Cross for China Earthquake. Here is the link you can donate directly to American Red Cross. Please specified “China earthquake relief” when donating.

Other Reliable Channels of donations

I. Red Cross and various conduits

There is widespread consensus that donating to the Red Cross is the most reliable way to provide immediate disaster relief. Tuesday night BJ time, Bill Bishop (Niubi) hosted an auction with 15 mostly Chinese friends, and the consensus was the best way to give is to provide funds directly to the Sichuan provincial Red Cross. The next best option would be to give to the national Red Cross of China.

“With how much media attention is given, [people believe there will be] lot less graft than in the past. This is unprecedented media coverage in China,” said Bill. “We are watching the evolution of the Chinese government before our eyes. Ideally, so much coverage and press will provide less opportunity for graft” and more funds reach the victims.

CNReviews believes that the unprecendented press coverage, including that of the state agencies, is helping people overcome fears that their funds will be misused. There is some discussion that international aid agencies believe the Chinese crisis is being relatively well handled compared to Myanmar such that they should shift their focus to Myanmar.

Red Cross Society of China

Red Cross Society of China logo

Details on Shanghaiist, Reuters (h/t @Chinafubar), China Crossroads:

  • RMB wire instructions
  • foreign currency wire instructions
  • hotline
  • Note: many people have reported problems with their Website.

Red Cross Society of China Chengdu City

Red Cross Society of China Chengdu

American Red Cross


CNReviews interview with Christy Feig, Director of International Communications, American Red Cross, 5/13.

Post is coming soon. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Q: Is there a way to make a directed donation toward China specifically?

A: Yes. If you would like to designate your donation to the earthquake please visit our website at or call 1-800 RED CROSS. If you would prefer to donate to all our international disaster response, the option of giving to the International Response Fund is also available.

Q: Does 100% of funds donated pass to the Red Cross Society of China?

A: The American Red Cross takes donor intent very seriously. As a policy, no more than 9% of donated money is used for management expenses…the rest goes toward the designation.

Based on my interview, I feel comfortable donating to the American Red Cross with a specific designation to China. For more info, go to the American Red Cross website.

Canadian Red Cross (h/t China Web 2.0 blog)


A separate fund has been established for the China earthquake, according to China Web 2.0 blog.

Jet Li One Foundation (Outside China)


From China Web 2.0 blog:

You can make donation via Paypal to Jet Li One Foundation, a charity foundation by Kung Fu movie star Jet Li. The donations will goes to Red Cross Society of China. The page is all in Chinese, but I think you can find the Paypal button on the right. But it seems you cannot specify the donation is special for earthquake when paying through Paypal

Jet Li One Foundation (Inside China) (h/t China Web 2.0 blog)

  • via Taobao with Alipay or Tenpay account
  • or via QQ

II. Other Aid Organizations

China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) or China Fupin Foundation
中国扶贫基金会 (Beijing)

China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation CFPA

Donate RMB

* Account Name: 中国扶贫基金会
* Account Number: 8145-11681908091001
* Bank Name and Banch: 中国银行北京科技会展中心支行

Donate Clothes and Food, etc

* Address: Floor 5, South Building, Shuangyuxili, Haidian, Beijing |北京市海淀区双榆树西里36号南楼五层
* Tel: 010-62655199
* Working hour: 8:30am – 9pm

Shanghai Charity Foundation


Donate RMB

* Account Name: 上海市慈善基金会
* Account Number: 033351-00043984343
* Bank Name and Banch: 农行黄浦区陆家浜路支行

Donate Clothes and Food, etc

* SCF HQ: Floor 6, 88 Zhiizaoju Rd. 制造局路88号6楼 |62584343、63124091
* SCF Logistics Center (Puxi): No. 164, # 405 Lane, Zhengning Rd.| 镇宁路405弄164号 52394294
* SCF Logistics Center (Pudong): 2795 Middle Yanggao Rd |杨高中路2795号 62124343
* SCF Education Aid Dept: 80 Shanxibei Rd.| 陕西北路80号 62560695

Working hour: 9am – 9pm (Monday – Sunday)

China Women Development Foundation (with



Donate RMB or foreign currencies via bank transfer。

  • Account Name:中国妇女发展基金会
  • Bank:中国工商银行北京市分行东四南支行
  • Account Number: 0200001009014423956
  • Remarks: 抗震救灾捐款 Donate for Sichuan Earthquake Relief

The foundation will mail you the receipt afterwards. And the report (in Chinese) also says the donation is tax-refundable. But the detail process didn’t include.

China Children & Teenagers Fund (CCTF, 中国少年儿童基金会)


CCTF has formed a charity foundation for earthquak relief with with China Merchant Bank (CMB). Source from Sohu.

  • Account Number:0582626510001
  • Account Name:中国儿童少年基金会
  • Bank:招商银行北京分行长安街支行

You might also find regular international donation information to CCTF here with SWIF code.

World Vision

Through World Vision, I’ve sponsored one child in Tanzania for 10+ years, and one child in Kenya for 1+ years, so I know World Vision well.

Interviewed Jeff Wright, Sr. Program Officer for Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, 5/13

Blog post coming soon, but here’s a quick synopsis:

  • World Vision has been operating in China since 1962. Operating legally with some kind of government approval
  • Primary country office in Beijing, with support office in Hong Kong, and regional offices in Yunnan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces
  • Has existing national offices with large local Chinese staff
  • Staff is not full-time focused on disaster recovery, but serving in other development projects like HIV/AIDS and agriculture, but all have training in disaster response
  • World Vision has sought to be effective through “pre-positioning” of three key assets: people, relief supplies/materials, and funding.
  • Funds have already been set aside to provide rapid relief
  • Clear and stringent operational guidelines for WorldVision volunteers or employees to directly deliver aid to the victim or “end user”

Care for Children (CFC)

Care for Children China

China consultancy Dezan Shira has been supporting this organization (h/t This is China! blog). On the Dezan Shira blog, China Briefing, they write:

CFC works with the Sichuan and Chengdu Civil Affairs government for disadvantaged children in: Chengdu, Guangyuan, Deyang, Zamtang, Maoxian, Neijiang, Zigong, Bazhong, Mianyang and Yibin in Sichuan Province in addition to Chongqing City.

On this difficult occasion we would like to ask our subscribers, readers, and other members of the China blogging and business community to rally together and show their support of the Chinese children caught up in this disaster by making a donation, no matter how large or small, to CFC in assistance of their regional work. All money raised will be directed to support children and their families affected by the earthquake.

PledgeBank challenge (h/t Rconversation)

Rebecca MacKinnon (at Rconversation) is challenging people via Facebook and Twitter to sign her PledgeBank to commit to giving. I signed up for this. Here’s what she recommends:

Global Giving (h/t

Global Giving is a 501(c)3 tax-deductable organization that highlights vetted projects.

Mercy Corps

Half the Sky Foundation

III. Other Sources

China Crossroads

Richard Brubaker’s China Crossroads blog lists a number of other options. I added links and tried to conform names to the official names (but might have guessed wrong):

Short Term:

Long term (Chinese organizations):

Long term (International organizations):

 Wirte a Check to Chinese Consulate General in Houston (Payable to c/o Kaimin Chu

Chinese Consulate General

3417 Montrose Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-5201462 ext. 316

BEIJING, May 14 — The Ministry of Civil Affairs has authorized the Red Cross Society of China and China Charity Federation to receive donations for quake-hit areas.

    Account number for renminbi donation: 0200001009014413252, at Beijing branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

    Account number for foreign currency donation: 7112111482600000209 at Jiuxianqiao branch of CITIC Bank.

    Donation through post office should be sent to:

    Red Cross Society of China

    No 8, Beixinqiaosantiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100007

    Its website:

    Red Cross Society of China donation hotline: (8610) 65139999, 64027620

    Chinese Red Cross Foundation also receives donations, which can be sent to:

    No 53, Ganmian Hutong, Dongdanbeidajie Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100010

    Account number of Beijing branch, Bank of China: 800100921908091001

    Account number of Dongsinan branch, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: 0200001019014483874

    Account number of Beijing Chaoneidajie branch, China Construction Bank: 11001070300059000427

    Account number for foreign currency at Bank of China: 800100086608091014

    China Charity Federation hotline: (8610) 66083260, 66083264, 66083194


May 14, 2008 - Posted by | earth quake reports | , , , , , , ,


  1. […]…I knew a lot of people from Chinese community had made donations. But, I also knew other people not from Chinese communities are willing to make donations if they know proper channels. We were moved by Wendy Xiao, a high school student, who setup a nonprofit organization to help the kids in earthquake area. We have been thinking about what we can do to help the earthquake survivals in addition to making our own donations. […]

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  2. […] are also several Red Cross funds that have been set […]

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