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The Great East Japan Earthquake
occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. Japanese culture, following Buddhist
tradition, often marks the 49 days after a death as a formal period of mourning.
As the weeks pass, the disaster recovery is increasingly shifting out of the hands of
professional first-responder organizations into the hands of the local NGO
The TechSoup Global
Network believes a strong civil society is always important. In times of need,
nonprofits provide an infrastructure of critical support. The
nonprofit sector in Japan has a major role to play now in providing services
and support to the devastated local communities. Unfortunately, many of
the nonprofits that will help communities recover have themselves been affected by the disaster.
In order to assist with the
recovery, TechSoup Japan, a program of the Japan NPO
Center, is working with Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec
to aid local nonprofit organizations whose facilities
are damaged in the earthquake by providing software
donations. This Disaster Relief Program is administered
in addition to the standard TechSoup Japan product donation program and provides
free software without any administrative fees to qualifying nonprofits that
have been affected by the earthquake. More information is available here in Japanese. A joint press release in English is posted in the TechSoup Global press room.
Please share this Disaster Relief Program announcement with organizations in Japan
that may need this support.
To apply, organizations can download
an application form at the TechSoup Japan site and submit it via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Local Earthquake Reconstruction
East NPO Donation Program) or by fax to 03-3510-0856. TechSoup Japan will
contact the organization regarding its eligibility in about one week. Eligible
organizations are NPOs located in Japan (including specified nonprofit corporations, social
welfare corporations, or public benefit corporations) registered in the designated Disaster Relief
Act areas of Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Aomori, Ibaragi, Tochigi, Nagano, and
Chiba that are either affected by the disaster or engaging in
relief/rehabilitation efforts in the affected communities.
The Japan NPO Center,
in partnership with the nonprofit organization TechSoup Global has run a software donation program for NPOs
since June 2009. Software products, provided by IT corporations as a part of
their social contribution, are donated to qualified NPOs for a small administrative
fee. The program supports the IT development of Japanese NPOs and their
activities that aim to solve societal problems.
Photo by Jon Downs
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications - Global Network
Thanks for sharing this, Rachel. It's good to see how many different ways there are to help the recovery in Japan.