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JAS Initiative Grantees 2009

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Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Dallas, TX
Membership Development & Marketing Campaign (Year 1)
Project Director: Anna McFarland
$30,000
The objective is to grow our customer base, both members and program participants, in order to increase our impact on the community and ensure the stability and vitality of the organization. Specific goals are: 1) to grow our membership base; 2) to provide programs and services to meet customer needs and fulfill our mission; 3) to develop and implement a marketing plan to expand public awareness of JASDFW and our reach in the community; and 4) to develop and implement a fund development plan.
  
Japan/America Society of Kentucky on behalf of the Midwest Network. Lexington, KY
Japan-America Societies Midwest Network, Phase II
Project Director: Matt Krebs
$6,000
Building on the success of the first year of the JAS Regional Midwest Networking Initiative, this project will help medium-and small-sized Societies to network and learn from each other. This Phase II includes four in-person meetings for the Midwest Societies and a series of web conferences for all NAJAS members that will cover a range of topics. Also, by adding a new Society to the Midwest Network, this project will extend the benefit of networking across Societies to a wide new audience.
 
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA
Confluence: TRIAJE Three Rivers Initiative about Japanese Education (Year 2)
Project Director: Wendy Bennett
$20,000
JASP will coordinate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its current educational outreach initiatives and develop innovative ideas to guide it into the future. A full-time educational TRIAJE Coordinator will be hired to work closely with the Executive Director to oversee and execute the project, and fundraise to insure the sustainability of the position. The TRIAJE coordinator’s main task will be to restructure the current educational programming under one comprehensive umbrella.
 
Japan-America Society of San Antonio. San Antonio, TX
Start-Up Funding to Hire an Executive Director (Year 1)
Project Director: Taeg Nishimoto
$20,000
Increase the mission and effectiveness of the Japan America Society of San Antonio by moving from an all-volunteer organization to one with a professional paid Executive Director.

Japan-America Society of the State of Washington.
Seattle, WA
Kentaro goes to Washington State (Year 1)
Project Director: Mark Smith
$20,000
This grant will allow us to hire a full-time Japan in the Schools Program Coordinator who, in addition to carrying out the duties as described on the attached job description, will focus on the following new areas: 1. Expanding our current service area to the south to include the cities (and Japan focused businesses) of Federal Way (Weyerhauser), Auburn, Renton & Kent (Boeing) and Tacoma (Port of Tacoma). 2. Research best practices for this type of program and create a program template and materials that can be shared with and adapted by other Societies in the United States and possibly other countries.
 
Japan-America Society of Tennessee. Nashville, TN
Regional Outreach and Activity  Centers in West and East Tennessee (Year 2)
Project Director: Leigh Wieland
$35,000
By establishing these Regional Centers in West and East Tennessee , JAST seeks to build membership and program capacity in these areas. Providing localized services, timely information and engaging activities to members and the general public, JAST furthers its goals of increasing grassroots interest in and appreciation for Japan-Tennessee relations and nurturing cross-cultural partnerships, while also demonstrating the value of corporate and individual memberships, from which the Regional Centers will derive revenue to sustain the delivery of services and programs.
 
Japan-America Society of West Michigan. Battle Creek, MI
Capacity Building, 2009 Japan America Societies Initiative (Year 1)
Project Director: Bob Perkins
$25,000
To hire a full-time Executive Director in order to expand the mission of the Japan America Society of West Michigan into multiple urban and smaller communities of West Michigan. By creating a sustainable Society, we will be able to expand our cultural, educational, recreational and business activities in West Michigan. 
 
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana.
San Diego, CA  
New Staff Hiring-Membership/Communications Manager (Year 2)
Project Director: Aya Ibarra
$25,000
JSSDT will create a new position for a Membership/Communications Manager, necessary to successfully implement all programs and to better serve JSSDT member corporations and individuals. The new position will allow the Executive Director and Program Director to focus on community relations and outreach, program coordination, and sponsor/donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

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