Mission and Background

About Japan Foundation Center

The mission of the Japan Foundation Center (JFC) is (1) to facilitate and nurture stable development of zaidan or “grant-making foundations” (i.e. public interest incorporated foundations, general incorporated foundations, and other institutions) which operate grant, award, and/or scholarship programs, (2) to collect data and provide information for public use about grant-making foundations, and (3) to enhance understanding of the social role and significance of their activities so as to make a valuable contribution to the development of non-governmental public interest practice.

In recent years, grant-making activities of private foundations have increased in Japan, and people have begun to show interest in the practice.. Unfortunately, lack of publicly available information on the activities prevents them from gaining a wide and deep social recognition.

The Japan Foundation Center therefore serves as a source of up-to-date information on grant-making foundations and their grant programs and makes this information available to grant seekers, grant makers and the public at large.

As the encouragement of the practice of philanthropy by Japanese foundations is an important mission of the Japan Foundation Center, the Center publishes directories of grant-making foundations in Japan and a quarterly newsletter, coordinates joint grant programs conducted by foundations and other organizations, holds meetings for the exchange of information among foundations and with other organizations, hosts seminars and symposia to enhance understanding of the role of grant-making foundations and contributes generally to the development of the practice of philanthropy in Japan.

The Center was established as a voluntary organization on November 20, 1985 and was authorized as a foundation by the Prime Minister’s Office on April 1, 1988. The Center’s permanent endowment amounted to \387million at the end of fiscal 2007 (March 2008).

As a result of the sweeping reform of legal framework of nonprofit foundations and associations of Japan effective on December 1, 2008, the Center was re-registered as a public interest incorporated foundation with newly established legal status under the reformed laws and regulations on September 1, 2009, with recognition by the Public Interest Corporation Commission , which is the Japanese version of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, UK.