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J-Initiative: J-Support, Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Grantees 2011

Japan Center for International Exchange/USA. New York, NY
Facilitating US-Japan Civil Society Collaboration for Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake (Year 1) 
Project Director: Atsuko Geiger
This project will seek to develop new programs to support the growth of the Japanese NGO/NPO sector by: 1) launching an innovative feedback loop program that converts stories from beneficiaries into data; 2) deepening relationships with Japanese NPOs and NGOs for activation in disasters outside of Japan; and 3) carrying out open workshops and distributing materials and tools for organizational development, including in particular fundraising capacity building for any interested Japanese NPOs or NGOs. 
This project will also support more donors to engage philanthropically in Japan by developing programs for existing GlobalGiving partners and providing new tools for Japan-based corporations to engage in global philanthropy.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA
MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative
Project Director: Dr. Richard Samuels 
MIT and a consortium of Japanese universities will create a community center in Minami Sanriku, a village that was nearly destroyed during the events of March 2011.  The center will serve as a focal point for the village and serve as a space for community gatherings, eldercare, public events, informal meetings, relief agency facilities, and more.
CGP will support the international symposium, the development of the disaster-resilient planning and reconstruction curriculum, and global dissemination of the findings and lessons learned as a result of the development of the center.