Make a Year-End Donation to the Japantown Foundation

japantown_foundation_logoDuring this holiday season, the San Francisco Japantown Foundation expresses our appreciation for your continued support.

Your year-end donation will allow us to further our efforts serving Japantown as its community foundation. Your contribution will strengthen our activities and initiatives.

We continue to provide resources to the Japantown community. This year we disbursed $35,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations, bringing our total grant making since 2006 to approximately $635,000. See the list of our 2013 grantees at the end of this email.

We find ways to build partnerships that support Japantown. We entered a philanthropic partnership with Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, in which we will receive funds raised through the hotel’s You Can Make a Difference program. In the last quarter, we already received $7,099.24 through Hotel Kabuki’s generosity. One hundred percent of the funds we receive from Hotel Kabuki are dedicated to our grants program. We also welcomed John Henry, Regional Managing Director at Joie de Vivre Hospitality, to our board of directors.

We are strategically refining our role in the community. We continue to invest in Japantown as a geographic and cultural anchor for diverse and changing Japanese American, Japanese, and broader communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We are also exploring initiatives related to: serving as a home for donors interested in supporting Japantown through estate gifts; providing seed grants to support research and development for innovative projects benefiting Japantown; and assisting those interested in supporting Japantown’s future through new financial support and sustained philanthropy.

Finally, your donation will honor the memory and accomplishments of Hatsuro “Hats” Aizawa, a founding member of the Japantown Foundation board of directors and a lifelong community leader and philanthropist together with his wife Amey. Hats passed away on October 20 and he was generous enough to ask his friends and associates to donate to the Japantown Foundation and to JCCCNC. He was an incredible human being and we miss him terribly.

Hats (like the late Jack Hirose) was part of our all-volunteer board managing an organization with no paid staff. Hats and Jack served with us because they believed in Japantown’s future and its role as a home for the Japanese American community.

Please help us support Japantown with your donation online. Checks can also be made payable to “The San Francisco Japantown Foundation” and mailed to board president Donald K. Tamaki c/o Minami Tamaki LLP, 260 Post Street, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108. The Japantown Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

If we can answer any questions you have about our efforts this year, or alternative ways to donate, please contact board member Keith Kamisugi at or 415-874-5550. He would be happy to assist you.


  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach ($1,000)
  • GenRyu Arts ($1,000)
  • Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California ($5,000)
  • Kimochi, Inc. ($5,000)
  • Kokoro Assisted Living, Inc. ($1,000)
  • National Japanese American Historical Society ($5,000)
  • Nichi Bei Foundation ($5,000)
  • Nihonmachi Little Friends ($5,000)
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair ($1,000)
  • Parent Teacher Community Council of the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program ($1,000)
  • Sakura Matsuri Inc. ($5,000)