JAS Initiative Grantees 2016

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Japan America Society of Oregon   
Capacity- Building Project (Year 1)
Project Director: Graham Morris  
$35,000
During this project, the Japan America Society of Oregon plans create a modern, functional, service-oriented society that is financially stable by enabling the executive director by spending his time working with the Board and committees in targeting advancement in areas of strategic planning, fundraising, membership, programming and communications. Through the hiring of an Assistant Director, to increase membership and development revenue streams, this will increase the time of the executive director to work in these areas of advancement. 

Japan America Society of Colorado
Japan America Society of Colorado Strategic Planning Initiative (Year 1)
Project Director: Claudine Locascio    
$27,687 
The Japan America Society of Colorado aims to conduct a strategic plan initiative that strives to create a clear vision for the society in order to weather any future fluctuations in membership, economy and any other foreseeable events. The Initiative will include board and staff retreats with a facilitation of a professional consultant, learning best practices from experienced organizations and attending educational conferences that focus on financial stability in nonprofits. The initiative will also work in attracting new audiences such as youth leaders as well as developing a communication plan for directors, staff and community stakeholders.

Japan Society of Northern California   
Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) Sustainable Leadership Project
Project Director: John R. Thomas 
$33,000
Building upon the previous three-year Strategic Planning CGP grant, the Japan America Society of Norther California will seek to hire Mr. Larry Greenwood, former U.S. State Department official, as JSNC’s President. Mr. Greenwood will aim to implement the strategic plan and to lead the society’s campaign to increase corporate membership. By doing so, this will increase the time for the interim executive director to implement several personnel and communication strategies outlined in the strategic plan from the previous CGP grant. 

Japan America Society of Georgia  
JAS Best Practices: Strategic Plan and Outreach (Year 1)
Project Director: Makiko Murahashi     
$34,980
JAS Georgia plans to create both create a Strategic Plan and to implement the Plan through Membership and Program Outreach. The society will hire an outside professional consultant who will facilitate the board retreat and development for its strategic plan component. In addition, JAS Georgia will plan to hire a Development Programming Coordinator who will enable to sustain and expand membership, create long-term sustainable programs to ensure growth as well as to expand membership and programming outside the metro Atlanta area.

Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. 
JASW 60th Anniversary Project (Year 1)
Project Director: Melissa Tolentino 
$15,000
As it approaches its 60th anniversary, the Japan America Society of Washington will launch its Vision Committee in 2016 examine its current activities and propose new programs for the future in order to ensure a solid financial, membership and personnel base. In order to do so, the society aims to hire an Assistant Director to spearhead membership and community outreach efforts to generate publicity and marketing for their find raising campaign, as well as to design a fundraising campaign, and to strengthen staff professional knowledge and skills through attending nonprofit-related courses through the Center of Non-Profit Advancement.