2019 Nichi Bei Day of Giving

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

$1,000:

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

Yukiyo Hayashi

Kiyomi and Ken Takeda

$750+:

Glenn Omatsu

Alice & Mark Taguma

$500+:

Eric Tamura

Peter & Ayako Yee

Michael Kurihara

Merv Kato

Kazumaro & Sachiyo Ishida

Himeo Tsumori

Mike M. Namba

Monterey Market

Anonymous in Memory of Jeff Adachi (K.W. Lee Reporting Fund)

Alan Matsui

Mariko Sharon Taguma (Internship Fund)

Keith & Priscilla Kojimoto

Madeline Kitagawa

Marian K. Uchida

Beth Abiko Gibson & Jim Gibson

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

Kumi Okamoto

$250+:

Eileen Masuda

Joshua Kaizuka

Ellen K. Uchida

Pat Shiono

Dale Nakahara

Anthony Brown

Machiko Irie

Susan Tanaka

Patricia Hirahara

Anonymous

Michael & Mary Innes

Lee & Donna Jacobs

Art & Debbie Hansen

$200:

Robert & Susan Yoshioka

Dale Minami & Ai Mori, Ellie Mori Minami & Lina Mori Minami

Takeo Shirasawa

Yoshihiro Oka (Wayne Maeda Educational Fund)

Joni Oliphant

Anonymous

Brent Kato

Cheryl Taguma

Emi Gusukuma

LaVerne & Helen Sasaki

Helen & Ken Sato

$101-$150:

Atsuko Diane Takeshita

Reiko True

Sterling & Sharon Sakai

Douglas & Betty Yamamoto

Anonymous

Anonymous

Kiyoshi & Akemi Ina

John & Geri Handa

The MacDonald    Charitable Fund

Jiro Yamamoto (In Memory of Thomas Yamamoto)

Kentaro Takeda

Gary & Carolyn Soto

Shigeko M. Tanaka

Ken & Susan Kawaichi

Rick H. Taguma

$100:

Cahy & Eric Crystal

Lonny Ishihara

Miyo (Minnie) Uratsu

Lawrence Kitagawa (In memory of David Yoshiro Kitagawa, June Kiyomoto Kitagawa and David Jeffrey Kitagawa)

Koichi Fukuda

George & Masako Fukuhara

Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Judy Inaba

Sharon Kotabe

Mike & Vickie Ina

Ron Nakayama

Margaret Saito

Alaric Akashi &    Pauline Tomita

Catherine Okamoto

Ken & Yoshiko Ho

C.K. Saika

Michiko Sugiyama

Harumi Serata

Patricia M. Fong

Satoru Taniguchi

Henry & Alice Hirata

N. Naito

Kent Matsuda

J. Takahashi & T. Kim

Kirsten Fletcher

Noboru Hashimoto

Bruce Hatakeyama

Takako Day

David & Ann Mikami

Sylvia Kihara & Rodger Neill

George Sasaki

Joyce H. Oishi & Wilmoth G. Lewis

Mary Tsukushi

Sam & Helen Mori

Alice Nakanishi & PJ Hirabayashi

Kahn Yamada

J. Yuri Oyama

Robert & Norma Ito

Lucy Minamishin

William Wong

Nobusuke & Fumi Fukuda

Anonymous

Scott Nakamura

Kana Enomoto

Norio Uyematsu

Fusae Miyamoto

Stanley Shig Furuta

Jeff Asai

Ralph Pearce

Amy Wu

Edward Silva

Reiko Iwanaga

Steve Nagano

Richard & Mary Ann Yamaguchi

David Ueunten

Jon Funabiki

Helen F. Sakaishi

Joanne Tolosa

Yone Shintaku

$1-$99:

Tats & Rose Tsunekawa

Hans Goto / Bay Marin Aikido

Donald Hayashi

E. Yamaichi

Betty Tsugawa

Okita Family

Harumi Kishida

Lorraine Suzuki

Miwako Yamashiro

Don Uyeda

Maru Hiratzka

Sandi Matoba

Denise Teraoka

Will Tsukamoto

Anonymous

Ed & Ayako Nishimoto

Lynn Nihei

Hanna Miyamoto

Aileen Nishio

Noreen Kudo

Dan & Chris Kubo

Karen Chong

Joy Iwasa

Anonymous

Amy Y. Tanabe

Kenji G. Taguma

Anonymous

Thomas and Greer Nishikawa

Tom Nakashima, Jr.

Kristine Mizutani

Christeen Oniki

Chitose Yasumoto

Donald Munakata

Digger & Agnes Sasaki

Akira Kosaka

Patricia Hirota-Cohen

Anonymous

George Hinoki

Rubi Kawamura

Paul Sakuma

Rosalind Uno

Elena Nielsen

Holli Castelli

Rachel Watson

Joyce S. Wong

Eiko Aoki

Kerry Kumabe

Akko Cacaji

Frances Marubashi

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?

Make a contribution today!

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!

10 Years of the Nichi Bei Foundation and Nichi Bei Weekly

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

Mission

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.

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