JASSC Commits $750K to Nonprofits in Japan

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The Japan America Society of Southern California’s 2011 Japan Relief Committee announced May 16 that it has committed $750,000 to three nonprofit organizations in Japan.

The Japanese Red Cross Society, Save the Children Japan, and Seikeijuku Tohoku Earthquake Fund, which will each receive $250,000, are “all on the front lines of relief and recovery work in northeastern Japan,” the committee said.

Union Bank provided “outstanding advice and financial services in support of the 2011 Japan Relief Fund,” the committee added.

The committee said it “took great care and due diligence to research all the possible NPO/NGOs (nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations) in Japan that could provide both immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery of the devastated areas. The list of possible organizations was pared to three and was presented for a formal vote of approval by the Board of Directors. Criteria in our selection process included implementation capability, efficiency, financial strength and transparency.”

Additional funds will be allocated as the committee gauges longer-term needs of Japan’s relief and recovery process.

Total funds raised and pledged to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund total over $1.2 million.

According to the National Association of Japan-America Societies, the funds raised by member societies in North America now total more than $14 million.

For more information on the three organizations or to make a donation, visit www.jas-socal.org/.

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