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SEEDCap Japan

The Social Entrepreneur Enhanced Development Capital Program (SEEDCap Japan) supports nonprofit organizations in Japan carrying out innovative projects that can serve as models for broader application. Since 2009, SEEDCap has run an open grant application process to allow organizations across Japan to apply for funding. In 2010, there was a high level of interest in the program, with 86 grants applications coming in from around the country. Ecotwaza was ultimately chosen as SEEDCap’s new grant recipient, and renewed funding was provided for Pangaea and Total Health Care for Artists Japan. To learn more about each of these innovative Japanese organizations, please see below.


• 2010 Grantees

Ecotwaza

Ecotwaza is an innovative socially oriented company that is working to enable Japanese producers of ecofriendly goods to reach markets outside of Japan. Ecotwaza’s goal is to reduce the environmental impact of human society and to promote environmentally responsible practices, while at the same time helping to maintain Japan’s traditional handiworks and craftsmanship and strengthening the economic viability of the local communities where the crafts are made. With its first year of SEEDCap grant funding, Ecotwaza plans to make IT infrastructure improvements necessary to expand its business model, such as making its English website more user friendly in response to increased overseas demand for its products.

Pangaea

Pangaea is a nonprofit organization that encourages young children around the world to communicate with one another and develop cross-cultural understanding when they are in their formative years. The organization has developed unique web-based programs that allow children with different language and cultural backgrounds to communicate online with one another through various nonverbal games and activities and through face-to-face interaction by web camera. Pangaea sites are currently located in Japan, Korea, Austria, Kenya, and Malaysia, and 3,900 children from 3rd to 9th grade participate in their programs. Pangaea is currently working to reach more children and to expand their activities internationally, in part through the creation of a franchise model that will make the program self-sustaining. With its first-year funding, Pangaea developed a “visual manual” booklet on their web camera activities for their workshop facilitators. In addition, Pangaea created a multi-language online bulletin board and post-workshop evaluation materials. By promoting nonverbal communication tools and IT platforms, Pangaea was able to significantly cut its administrative costs. With its second year of SEEDCap grant funding, Pangaea plans to scale up its e-training activities by further improving its training programs and technology systems. They hope to continue expansion in the third year of funding with the development of a system for training local Pangaea facilitators around the world.

Total Health Care for Artists Japan (THCA Japan)

Third year funding was awarded to THCA Japan to expand access to affordable healthcare for dancers and other artists, who often do not receive coverage under the traditional Japanese healthcare system. THCA Japan holds health seminars for artists that feature healthcare experts such as doctors and trainers, and also offers grants for injured artists to help pay for the costs of recovery. In its second year of funding, THCA Japan refurbished its website, including a new members-only page, with the goal of heightening its members� sense of belonging to the organization and providing a streamlined portal for the information and services that THCA provides to its membership. It also continued to conduct research activities, such as a survey on hand injuries sustained by musicians completed as a possible stepping stone to extend its services to address this issue. With its third year funding, THCA Japan plans to take advantage of the network it has built over the past two years to focus on increasing its membership and expanding its benefits and seminar programs.