Sunday, April 21, 2024

Google’s Eric Schmidt Sets Up $100K Japan Matching Fund


Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy have set up an enormously generous plan to help the people of Japan: a $100,000 matching fund for the relief effort after the devastating earthquakes and tsunami. They’re also asking people everywhere to send out this tweet: Help #Japan recover. Retweet this to give $10 today. @EricSchmidt will match first $100K. RT2Give $10.  The money can be sent via CitizenEffect through this email address: You can also read all about CitizenEffect at
Obviously, the $100,000 match is for corporate donors or well-heeled ones. But any size donation is welcome, and it all goes to the American Red Cross relief in Japan.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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