A Charitable Rush, With Little Direction
Disasters are a fast way to get donors to give. But wealthy Japan is not impoverished Haiti, and many groups are raising money without really knowing how it will be spent or even if it's needed. The Japanese Red Cross has said repeatedly since the day after the earthquake that it does not want or need outside assistance. But that has not stopped the American Red Cross from raising $34 million through Tuesday afternoon in the name of Japan’s disaster victims.