Our goal is to develop public resources through partnerships and collaborations,
with the aim of strengthening the non-profit sector,
and establishing new social systems.
Non-Profit Think Tank
Our mission is to develop public resources that are required for the promotion of non-profit activities and to build necessary systems that will encourage such development. We will construct new social systems through the development of public resources, together with citizens and grassroots NPOs who share the same goals with us.
Our aim is to realize a "civil society" that will enable people to express themselves without restraint, to cooperate with one another, to appeal to society vigorously, and to improve society. NPOs are expected to serve as a vehicle for realizing these "hopes" from individuals and to take up a leadership role in this new society. Indispensable to this is the enhancement of the capacitation of the nonprofit sector through the development of "public resources," namely management resources such as human resources, funds, and information that are necessary for promoting non-profit activities.
Public resources consist of a broader new concept that is based on the English term "community resources." Public resources are managerial resources to be used by NPOs to fulfill their missions. Public resources are produced by the citizen's voluntary will of commitment. They are distributed through the sharing of values and visions among people and NPOs.
The development of public resources is an experiment of establishing new mechanisms, as various sectors work in cooperation with each other in an attempt to construct new social systems using the following approaches:
1. Foster the people's will and commitment to make society a better place.
2. Develop channels and systems to circulate resources such as manpower, objects, money, and information, so that they may flow more smoothly towards non-profit activities.
3. Build up organizational capacities to use public resources effectively.
1. Place priority on building visions and practical theories which help non-profit organizations establish a new society.
The field of NPO activities, the reality of our lives, is the source of our creativity. By gathering information that emerge from the reality of voluntary activities and from our daily lives, we will establish practical theories and strategic projects with NPOs and people.
2. Place priority on strategic entrepreneurial projects.
Specifically, our activities will center around the launching of new businesses and innovative systems. We will help to coordinate cooperation, not only with NPOs, but with companies and the government sector, which cross the boundaries between different sectors.
3. Place priority on specialized support.
For the purpose of enhancing the development of public resources and the utilization abilities of NPOs, we will provide specialized support backed by theories of non-profit management.
4. Place priority on flexible, creative, project-focused structures.
Through our domestic and overseas human networks, we aim to establish the very best project team in terms of specialty, region, and practicality in order to enhance project feasibility and increase its social impact.
With a specialized domestic and foreign human resource networks, we will promote public resource development projects in six different fields in order to contribute towards the realization of a new civil society.
1. Studies and research on non-profit activities
*Comprehensive studies concerning strategies that can help to promote the development of public resources in the civil society
*Establishing collaborations among non-profit sectors in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and Asia
2. Financial Foundation Development of NPOs
*Supporting and consulting to establish Community Fund for NPOs
*Development of non-profit fund resources in cooperation with businesses
*Running of E-charity
3. Establishing the flow of funds supporting civil society
*Planning of Socially Responsible Investment Funds
*Social screening of more than 3600 Japanese corporations
4. Non-profit management consultation
*"Sponsored Consultation Project" for the spread of technical assistance
5. Training Programs
*Training of NPO managers via mentor system, etc.
*Comprehensive training for businesses and governments for partnership with NPOs
6. Information exchange and development of policy proposals
*Holding "Public Resource Forums"
*Information exchange between domestic and overseas non-profit sectors
*Advocacy for NPO laws and tax reforms
Tsuyoshi Kusumi, Chair
Sachiko Kishimoto, Executive Director
Hideko Katsumata, Auditor
Executive Secretary, Japan Center for International Exchange, Inc.
Chair, Tanpopo no Ie, Inc., Representative, The Japan Society for Studies of Voluntary Activities.
Secretary General, Japan Networkers' Conference(JNC)