San Francisco Japantown Foundation Provides Matching Grants to Ten Nonprofit Projects

don_tamakiThe San Francisco Japantown Foundation selected ten nonprofit projects and activities to participate in its 2010 matching grants program. These projects will be awarded up to $4,000 through a matching grants program instituted by the Foundation.

The Foundation was formed in December 2006 through generous endowments by Kintetsu Enterprises of America, Jack Hirose, Hats and Amey Aizawa, Union Bank and Minami Tamaki LLP.

Firm partner Donald Tamaki has served as the Foundation’s board president since the organization was founded.

Selected projects had until April 30, 2010, to fulfill their match by asking individuals to contribute to the Foundation and earmarking their donation for their specific project. The Foundation selected the projects based on criteria outlined in its submission guidelines and on how well each applicant advanced the Foundation’s mission to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco’s Japantown or the Japanese American community.

The Foundation selected the following ten projects and activities to participate in the matching grants program:

  • nihonmachiROOTS Community Engagement Project
  • 2nd Annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program
  • National Japanese American Historical Society’s annual summer
  • Japantown Cultural Heritage Tourism Youth Leadership Internship
  • Kanrin Maru 150th Anniversary Celebration and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
  • Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Parade’s Kanrin Maru 150th Anniversary Floats
  • 18th Annual Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Festival and School VisitProgram and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
  • Michiya Hanayagi Dance Studio
  • Nikkei Community Internship Program and the California Japanese
  • American Community Leadership Council
  • “What’s Next for J-Town? A Young Adults’ Perspective on San Francisco’s Japantown” by Aya Ino

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