Welcome to Project Paper Crane!

updated 5/11/2011 6:39am
Current donation raised for Project Paper Crane Earthquake Relief: $6,389

Thank you for your support!


from alumni: $2,725                                  from students: $3,664

Syracuse students are Engaging the World and putting Scholarship in Action to raise awareness and provide fundraising support for Japan. As many of you are aware, on March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake initiated a tragic sequence of events in Japan that has led to over 27,600 dead or missing, 173,200 homeless and hundreds of thousands more without adequate access to water, food, or electricity. This tragedy is global in scale and as part of the global community, Syracuse University students and organizations have come together to create Project Paper Crane.

For every $2 students contribute, Project Paper Crane will construct an orange crane and add it to our growing installation on the Schine/Newhouse lawn. Our goal is to raise $14,000 within the student body and produce 7,000 paper cranes.

We are asking our alumni community to match student participation with donations of $2 or more, one donation for every crane. 100% of all donations will go directly to the Japan Societies Earthquake Relief Fund.

On April 25th, SU and our orange cranes will join the global community as part of a 100,000 crane installation organized by Students Rebuild. For every crane Students Rebuild receives, another $2 donation will be triggered, this time to Architecture for Humanity, courtesy of The Bezos Family Foundation.

Please support our efforts by either assisting in the folding of paper cranes during one of our folding marathons, or donating for one or more cranes!

The Japan Society accepts donations of $10 or more. Please click either the SU Alumni or SU Student donation button! Thank you for your help towards earthquake relief!

This fundraising effort has been organized by the Syracuse University School of Architecture Students and supported by the Japan Society, Students Rebuild, and the following student organizations:
Student Organizations:
Asian Students in America (ASIA)
Japan Club (JC)
Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA)
Global China Connection (GCC)
Hong Kong Cultural Organization (HKCO)
Korean American Student Association (KASA)
Taiwan Connection (TC)
Professional/Special Interest Clubs:
Work in Asia (WA)
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Architecture Student Organization (ASO)
Society of Multicultural Architects and Designers (SMAD)
Graduate Architecture Students (GAS)
Greek Organizations:
Sigma Chi
Nu Alpha Phi
Kappa Phi Lambda

14 Responses to Welcome to Project Paper Crane!

  1. Regina Doyle Sternlicht says:

    What a beautiful idea.

  2. Timothy Westbrook says:

    I had some ideas for the crane installation and wanted to discuss with you. My phone number is 315.854.4981 feel free to call or e-mail me if you would like to continue conversations.

    Thank you so much for your efforts and your time

    Timothy Westbrook

    • James Utterback says:

      Hi Mr. Westbrook,
      Thanks so much for your support and interest.

      I don’t know if anyone got back to you but the installation is going up tonight on the Schine/Newhouse lawn.

      It should be a great success thanks to our diligent installation staff who have really done a terrific job in planning.
      We’ll post some pics and visit the site frequently as we’ll have updates!

      James Utterback

  3. Just donated. Proud of you guys!

  4. Lydia Clary says:

    What a great idea. I’ve been looking for a way to donate to Japanese earthquake relief and nice to be able to do through SU.

  5. Nina Keneally says:

    v-p of SUAA…

    wonderful, worthy and beautiful project. can’t seen to find supapercrane on twitter, though.

  6. Noriko Heki says:

    It’s been such an emotional time in my country right now, but I feel we are all united and that we will move forward and overcome this tragedy.
    I have been touched by Project Paper Crane and although I’ve been personally donating within Japan, I also wanted to be part of this donation project as a SU almuni.

  7. Jim Reilly says:

    Let me know when you will be folding cranes. I would like to learn/help.

    • Project Paper Crane says:

      We’ll be constantly updating our twitter and facebook accounts. There is a major paper crane folding event coming up soon. The approximate date is April 20th. More on this soon!

      Thanks for your support –


      • Teresa Mary Gavagan says:

        I conduct workshops for children as part of an annual Hiroshima Remembrance. The workshops focus on the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and include making cranes. I am a prolific crane maker and would be comfortable teaching others to do so. Depending on the date and time of your event, I would be willing to help on site or to make cranes in advance for yo to have on hand. Also, how about a designation for donations by those of us who are faculty members?

  8. Megumi Doi says:

    Thank you so much for your effort. I am more proud of being a SU alumni.

  9. Megumi Doi says:

    Thank you very much for all the effort you’re making for us, Japanese. I am more proud of being a SU almuni, and really appreciate your consideration and activities.

  10. Jon G. Kirschner says:

    I will be donating, through the su alumni assn, some of the proceeds from the sale of my novel – “The Alchemist’s Children” – (Authorhouse) the book is available at numerous bookstore websites.
    Manipulation of genetic codes and the promise of immortality are pushing mankind in new directions. In “The Alchemist’s Children” the story of two families unfolds as a new human species of infinite variety is born.

  11. Sarah says:

    Hi there,
    I am truly impressed with the efforts of PPC.
    I am writing a story on Project Paper Crane and looking for a student donor to interview. If you think you can help, email me at seloguid@syr.edu.

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