2020 Nichi Bei Day of Giving


Watch the Nichi Bei Day of Giving in its entirety HERE

Watch video selections below:

“A Virtual Remembrance: 75 Years After the Atomic Bombings”

Nichi Bei History and Evolution

Nichi Bei People (columnists, board, staff and volunteers)

Nichi Bei Internship Fund

Wayne Maeda Educational Fund

KW Lee Reporting Fund

Films of Remembrance

Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Wakamatsu Pilgrimage

Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

Musical Performance — “Sunday Morning” by Tokyo MEaN

FREE three-month trial subscription

Musical Performance — “You Raise Me Up” by Gary Wang + Credits


WE MET OUR MATCH! — A dollar-for-dollar matching grant of $50,000 from The Craig Foundation!

ALSO: Thank you to The Kinjiro and Eiko Moriguchi Fund, for a $20,000 matching grant!

NEW THIS YEAR: Text 2 Give! Text “NBF” to 1-415-840-8323

You can determine the participant to fund from your mobile device

Thanks to your donations, we can:

• Help address critical budgetary shortfalls due to cancellation of fundraisers and sudden downturn in advertising

• Help us serve the community through the COVID-19 pandemic

• Maintain or expand staff capacity for our nonprofit organization

• Create reserve funding for unexpected needs

This unexpected coronavirus pandemic has surely changed the world, and we are certainly not immune to the dire economic effects of the COVID-19 virus. And while four fundraisers and one of our largest advertising revenue efforts have been wiped out due to the impact of the virus, we remain committed to serving our community the best way we know how.

And instead of retreating, we are running full steam ahead in our efforts.

Although our dedicated staff has for the most part been working remotely since March 17, we have nonetheless witnessed a prolific amount of expanded coverage.

Help us support the community in these uncertain times

Through our Community Stimulus Initiative, we propose to:

• Offer FREE three-month trial subscriptions to the Nichi Bei Weekly to get an increasingly isolated community connected and engaged

• Support nonprofits with sponsored advertising of their fundraising events

• Expanded coverage geared toward those sheltering in place, including:

Origami lessons in collaboration with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Japanese language lessons in collaboration with Lincoln High School Japanese language school teacher Arisa Hiroi

Japanese recipes by Namiko Chen of justonecookbook.com.

– Culturally-relevant crossword and sudoku puzzles

Community Spotlight feature on small businesses and nonprofits open and adapting to the pandemic

Genki Aging series on aging in the Japanese American community


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 educational programs.

Help us raise critically-needed funds, and support our dedicated team!

In addition to publishing 28 bi-weekly publications a year — including the Japanese Culture and Cherry Blossom Festivals Guide and the Obon and Summer Festivals Guide — we 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.

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 capacity and combat the downturn in advertising revenue.