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Japan-Related Orgs Raising Money for Relief and Recovery Efforts

March 21, 2011

Over the weekend, Laura Cronin, director of the Toshiba America Foundation and a regular contributor to PhilanTopic, sent along a list of Japan-related organizations in the U.S. that have created funds to raise money for both short-term relief and longer-term recovery and reconstruction efforts in Japan. For a comprehensive list of U.S. organizations raising funds, see this list from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. For additional information and resources, visit the Web site of the Embassy of Japan in the U.S.

Japanese American Association of New York
According to its president, Gary S. Moriwaki, JAANY is collaborating with other organizations to raise funds for relief and recovery efforts and is exploring where the monies can be put to best use. The association says that donations will go to organizations in Japan directly contributing to relief and recovery efforts.

Japanese American Society of Indiana
The society has established a statewide Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to provide assistance to people most directly impacted by the disaster. The organization says it will distribute the funds in a timely manner to carefully selected and recognized Japanese relief organizations assisting those most in need.

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) | Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund
The sister organization of one of Japan's leading international affairs organizations, JCIE/USA is directing half the money it raises to six of Japan's leading disaster relief NGOs and will use the remaining 50 percent to establish a separate fund that supports NGOs engaged in long-term reconstruction efforts.

Japenese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
JCCINY and the Nippon Club, two anchors of the Japanese community in New York, have established the 2011 Northeastern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to aid victims of the disaster.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
Headquartered in San Francisco, JCCCNC will pass along donations to its Earthquake Relief Fund to local nonprofit and community service organizations in Japan working to reach those most in need.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association of New York
The JET Alumni Association of New York is collecting donations on behalf of JETAA USA for relief efforts.

Japan ICU Foundation
The U.S. "friends" organization for International Christian University, Tokyo is raising funds for scholarships and to support Japanese students from areas affected by the quake and tsunami.

Japan Society
The Japan Society has partnered with several Japanese and American nonprofit organizations and is looking to partner with additional organizations that can have maximum impact, both in terms of immediate relief needs as well as long-term recovery.

Peace Winds America
An affiliate of one of Japan's major humanitarian assistance organizations, Peace Winds America is raising funds for relief efforts being carried out by its Japanese counterpart.

U.S.-Japan Council
The D.C.-based council's Earthquake Relief Fund is channeling donations to Japanese organizations involved in both immediate relief and long-term reconstruction efforts.

-- Laura Cronin

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