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Dear UCAA leaders/members,
 
Thanks for your efforts to contribute for Sichuan earthquake victims. Last week we joined “2008 Sichuan Earthquake Relief Committee by Oversea Chinese” to promote fundraisings using SVTN foundation. Now SJTU-SV is also ready to accept online donation too. A few donation related information are updated below. 

1. May 13, American Red Cross has dedicated link to donate funds to “CHINA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF”. CNReviews interviewed with Christy Feig, Director of International Communications, American Red Cross. Question: “Does 100% of funds donated pass to the Red Cross Society of China?” Answer: “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.” 

2. May 15, American Red Cross is prepared to provide $10 million to support relief efforts following the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. This contribution will assist the Red Cross Society of China, whose employees and volunteers have been helping survivors since the earthquake struck on Monday, May 12. [On May 12, it allocated $240K to RCSC] 

3. May 16, Cisco Systems announced that it has increased its initial donation from $250,000 to $1 million for the victims of the earthquake, which occurred in China's Sichuan province on May 12, 2008. Cisco Foundation will also match employee contributions up to $1,000,000 and the TOSA Foundation will match employee donations up to $250,000. So for up to $250,000 employee donations, each dollar will get two dollars’ gift matching. Beyond that to $1,000,000, each dollar gets one dollar gift matching. These funds will go to the American Red Cross for transfer to the Red Cross Society of China. 

There are many ways to give. The advantage with ARC is that it is one of the top well-accepted matching charity organizations in USA. Since many companies have donation matching programs which effectively double or over than whatever you contribute, please check your company's policies and take the advantage of it if available.   

In additional original plan (mail-in Donation Form with check or credit card info to ARC, see steps below), we would like to suggest additional ways for further donations. 

Pay by credit card, bank wire transfer or check via

  1. 2008 Sichuan Earthquake Relief Committee by Oversea Chinese”. A lot of donations go there. Their workload is very heavy so please read the FAQ before calling them. (20+ gift matching companies)
  2. SJTU-SV China Earthquake Relief Fund”. Good FAQ for you to read. (4+ gift matching companies)
  3. American Red Cross China Earthquake Relief”. Instant receipt is available

You may also work with other non-local charity organizations directly. See China Earthquake Donation Guide: 24+ ways to give - UPDATED for details.

  1. Red Cross Society of China
  2. Chinese Red Cross Foundation
  3. Red Cross Society of China Chengdu City
  4. Hong Kong Red Cross
  5. Jet Li One Foundation (Outside China) …

Thanks for your great support!


As you have learned one of the worst earthquakes in decades struck central China yesterday, UCAA is calling for donation to the 5/12 China Earthquake Relief 2008 fund.

Since we are not granted as a 501(c) organization yet, I have been contacting American Red Cross today about the donations to "International Relief Fund" for China's Earthquake Relief and got my questions answered on donation matching and tax deduction. There are many companies in US that will be matching the donations to pre-approved list of 501(c) organizations. American Red Cross is on top of the list. So going with them will help to get doubled or tripled donations of your contribution for this relief.

Here are the steps.

1. Fill the Donation Form with a check payable to "American Red Cross" and the gift matching form from your company if it is available, then send them to our treasurer,
    Mr. Bingliang Chen at 118 Lawrence Rd, Alameda, CA 94502. Tel: (510) 387-9379
2. UCAA will forward all donation forms and checks to American Red Cross after sorting the donations by school/org
3. American Red Cross will send individual tax-deductible receipt directly to you with their Tax ID.
4. With your submitted form, American Red Cross will follow up the gift matching request for you. With certain company's gift matching program, you may need to bring a copy of the receipt to e-file for gift matching donation (for example I-Give Program)
5. Report your tax-deductible donation at tax time next year

We'll send a donation summary back to your organization and report total amount to Red Cross Society of China.

Please forward this donation letter to your members. Let's help China's earthquake victims to overcome this disaster.

Thanks for your support!