A special thank you to our Nichi Bei Day of Giving donors for helping us raise more than $105,000!
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nichi Bei Foundation and Nichi Bei Weekly, we are proud to report that as part of our third annual Nichi Bei Day of Giving, we have raised $105,077, including an extremely generous $2-for-$1 matching donation of $70,000 from The Craig Foundation.
We COULD NOT have done this without your generosity, and are deeply inspired by your support in this effort. Funds raised from this campaign have helped to pay off some expenses, increase staff wages and create a retirement plan, and will also be saved for reserve funds.
The Nichi Bei Foundation Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions to our Nichi Bei Day of Giving:
$70,000: The Craig Foundation
$1,500: Anonymous donation
Robert Matsueda & Ranko Yamada (K.W. Lee Reporting Fund)
Janis K. Masaoka
Ted & Linda Harms Okazaki
Stan & Christine Umeda
Marge & John Tsukamoto
Twila Tomita & Andy Noguchi
Kiyomi and Ken Takeda
Alice & Mark Taguma
Peter & Ayako Yee
Kazumaro & Sachiyo Ishida
Mike M. Namba
Anonymous in Memory of Jeff Adachi (K.W. Lee Reporting Fund)
Mariko Sharon Taguma (Internship Fund)
Keith & Priscilla Kojimoto
Marian K. Uchida
Beth Abiko Gibson & Jim Gibson
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Ellen K. Uchida
Michael & Mary Innes
Lee & Donna Jacobs
Art & Debbie Hansen
Robert & Susan Yoshioka
Dale Minami & Ai Mori, Ellie Mori Minami & Lina Mori Minami
Yoshihiro Oka (Wayne Maeda Educational Fund)
LaVerne & Helen Sasaki
Helen & Ken Sato
Atsuko Diane Takeshita
Sterling & Sharon Sakai
Douglas & Betty Yamamoto
Kiyoshi & Akemi Ina
John & Geri Handa
The MacDonald Charitable Fund
Jiro Yamamoto (In Memory of Thomas Yamamoto)
Gary & Carolyn Soto
Shigeko M. Tanaka
Ken & Susan Kawaichi
Rick H. Taguma
Cahy & Eric Crystal
Miyo (Minnie) Uratsu
Lawrence Kitagawa (In memory of David Yoshiro Kitagawa, June Kiyomoto Kitagawa and David Jeffrey Kitagawa)
George & Masako Fukuhara
Mike & Vickie Ina
Alaric Akashi & Pauline Tomita
Ken & Yoshiko Ho
Patricia M. Fong
Henry & Alice Hirata
J. Takahashi & T. Kim
David & Ann Mikami
Sylvia Kihara & Rodger Neill
Joyce H. Oishi & Wilmoth G. Lewis
Sam & Helen Mori
Alice Nakanishi & PJ Hirabayashi
J. Yuri Oyama
Robert & Norma Ito
Nobusuke & Fumi Fukuda
Stanley Shig Furuta
Richard & Mary Ann Yamaguchi
Helen F. Sakaishi
Tats & Rose Tsunekawa
Hans Goto / Bay Marin Aikido
Ed & Ayako Nishimoto
Dan & Chris Kubo
Amy Y. Tanabe
Kenji G. Taguma
Thomas and Greer Nishikawa
Tom Nakashima, Jr.
Digger & Agnes Sasaki
Joyce S. Wong
With your generous contributions, we can:
• Increase staff capacity for our nonprofit organization, currently at only five full-time staff
• Help fund a retirement program for our dedicated and hard-working staff
• Create reserve funding for unexpected needs
• Raise funding for special projects / funds
• Help build a legacy for the future
Did you miss our Nichi Bei Day of Giving and still want to contribute in celebration of the Nichi Bei Foundation’s 10th Anniversary?
Anyone who donates $250 or more will receive a copy of the “GO FOR BROKE!” CD from the Grammy-nominated Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, featuring former San Francisco Poet Laureate Janice Mirikitani!
Help us raise critically-needed funds, and support our dedicated team!
In addition to publishing 28 bi-weekly community news publications a year — including the Japanese Culture and Cherry Blossom Festivals Guide and the Obon and Summer Festivals Guide — we also produce a number of meaningful annual educational programs such as:
• Films of Remembrance, a showcase of films dedicated to educating the public about the wartime forced relocation and incarceration of the Japanese American community;
• Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage, a community pilgrimage to the former Immigration Station designed to honor our immigrant pioneers, reconnect to this forgotten history and conduct family history research.
• Wakamatsu Pilgrimage, a community pilgrimage to the site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony site in Placerville, Calif., the first sizeable settlement of Japanese in America.
But in order for us to continue these meaningful community publications and programs, we need your help in helping to raise some critical funding to build the capacity of our small but might staff of only five full-time equivalents.
With your contribution, you will not only help to provide critical funding, but you can also help us support, retain and expand our staff by contributing to increased salary and healthcare expenses, and help to create a Reserve Fund for future unexpected expenses and financial challenges. After all, the health of our nonprofit organization is only as good as the health of our dedicated and hard-working team.
Please join us in this effort to support the health of our organization, and our staff, by making a tax-exempt contribution today!
Thank you for your support!
About the Nichi Bei Foundation
The Nichi Bei Foundation is an educational and charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Japanese American community connected, informed and empowered – primarily through a community newspaper (Nichi Bei Weekly) and Website (www.nichibei.org), as well as education programs.