Contributing to Welfare

Supporting Activities and Researches for Social Welfare ― Sompo Welfare Foundation

Partnerships

The Sompo Welfare Foundation, established in 1977, conducts various programs, including providing financial assistance to civil society organizations in Japan, ASEAN countries, India and South Africa; holding academic conferences and funding research on social welfare, social security, insurance, and gerontology; and awarding outstanding academic papers. Aware of the rapid aging of society, it also promotes solutions to increasingly complex social issues, including supporting families who provide home care to an elderly member with dementia or other conditions, and providing scholarships for students studying to become certified care workers. Its programs are designed to meet contemporary needs through both research and practice.

●Support for Purchase of Vehicles

Since 1999, the foundation has financially supported organizations that need to purchase vehicles for their welfare activities for people with disabilities. In fiscal year 2019, the foundation invited applications from eastern Japan and selected ten organizations. These vehicles allow organizations to expand the range and scale of their activities and to increase the income of people with disabilities and the number of users of their welfare services.

Useful for picking up and dropping off after school day service

● Support for Organizational and Operational Reinforcement of Civil Society Groups

In 2004, the foundation started to provide financial support for organizational and operational reinforcement of civil society organizations that render welfare services to communities. In fiscal year 2019, financial support was provided to 66 organizations in total through programs to strengthen their organizational and operational activities, to help them acquire official status as approved specified non-profit corporations and to support local residents for their efforts in comprehensive local issues. In fiscal year 2020, the foundation increased the total amount of grants, and expanded the scope of activities eligible for grants nationwide, including those aimed at continuing and expanding activities and projects to combat the spread of COVID-19 infection. The foundation supports the development of high-quality, sustainable nonprofit organization that play key roles in their communities.

Picture-Story Show Held at the Children's Cafeteria

● Support for Overseas Welfare Activities

The foundation has supported civil society organizations in the field of social welfare in ASEAN countries and India since 2010. In fiscal year 2019, it provided funds to projects by five organizations in four countries, including a project to implement awareness-raising activities aimed at combating and eradicating malaria, which is still highly prevalent in Indonesia, and provision of playgrounds for children who have lost their way as a result of the development of tourism in Vietnam. In fiscal year 2020, the foundation will expand its support areas to include South Africa.

Presentation ceremony in Indonesia

Presentation ceremony in the Philippines

● Sompo Welfare Foundation Award

The foundation has awarded outstanding academic literature in the field of social welfare since fiscal year 1999. In fiscal year 2019, the award went to Yoshihiro Shimada for his work “Housing Assistance and Minimum Life Security: Development of the Housing Security Theory and German Hartz Reform.” In July 2019, the foundation held a commemorative lecture and symposium featuring last year’s recipient, Saki Nagano, where she presented her work to many people. The presentation ceremony scheduled to be held in March 2019 and the Lectures and Symposiums Commemorating Awards scheduled to be held in July 2020 were cancelled in view of the spread of COVID-19 infection.

FY 2018 Presentation ceremony

Symposium and commemorative lecture in July 2019

● Support for Networking and Learning of Family Caregivers for the Elderly

Since 1991, the foundation has provided support for networking events and learning programs intended to help reduce the stress of family caregivers caring at home for elderly dementia patients, and improve their care-giving skills.

Training for improving their care-giving skills

● Scholarships for Students Studying to Become Certified Care Workers

To boost the workforce of caregivers, the foundation offers scholarships for students in two-year vocational school programs. In fiscal year 2019, the foundation gave scholarships to 20 students in total (10 in first grade and 10 in second grade). In the 28 years since this program began in 1992, the foundation has offered scholarships to 288 students and many of them today are playing an active role as care professionals. In fiscal year 2020, the foundation will expand the scope of their support to include welfare-related high schools with a 3-year system (sophomore in high school), the foundation will support students who are aiming to become certified care workers, who are in short supply in the field of nursing care and welfare.

Practicum for students to become certified care workers

● Financial Support for Gerontology Research

The foundation provides financial support for creative and innovative research in the field of social sciences relating to gerontology. In addition, the foundation organizes study groups on the Insurance Business Act, the health insurance and nursing care insurance systems, gerontology, and other topics. The foundation also publishes a report series and distributes it widely to libraries and elsewhere to spread information about research findings.
In August 2019, the Gerontology Study Group published a series of reports entitled "(Dementia, etc.) Employment and QOL of the elderly requiring long-term care".

Study groups on the Insurance Business Act