We stuffed ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey, shopped ‘til we dropped on Black Friday, and purchased even more presents online during Cyber Monday. Now it’s time to give back to our communities on #GivingTuesday. Known as the start of the charitable season, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that encourages everyone to support a cause of their choice. That support can come in the form of a monetary donation or through the donation of goods, the gift of time, or simply by advocating for an organization.
If you’re ready to begin your holiday and year-end giving, here is JapanCulture•NYC’s list of New York-based, Japanese-related nonprofit organizations that will welcome your support on this #GivingTuesday. Please note that the author is a member and/or supporter of most of these organizations, so this list is completely subjective.
Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. (JAA)
49 W. 45th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036
A service organization founded in 1907 for the Japanese and expatriate community in New York, JAA provides assistance to our aging population, offers cultural classes, facilitates scholarships, and organizes a number of social activities.
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
The oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, JACL works to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry, promoting cultural, educational, and social values while preserving the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY)
JETAANY is a public, nonprofit membership organization of JET alumni in the New York metropolitan area, drawing upon a diverse membership to promote the program, which is a Japanese government initiative that sends college graduates to Japan as Assistant Language Teachers. The organization hosts programs and events that emphasize Japanese culture and understanding.
Hoshuko Alumni Association, Inc. (HAA)
HAA is a nonprofit alumni organization consisting of students who have attended any “hoshuko,” or weekend Japanese language school supported by the Japanese government, within the United States. The organization has created a network of alumni through social and academic events.
333 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Japan Society is a 111-year-old organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan by offering innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language, and education.
The Gohan Society
233 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10279
Founded by Saori Kawano of Korin Japanese Trading in 2005, The Gohan Society fosters an understanding and appreciation of Japan’s culinary heritage in the United States through outreach to chefs, culinary arts professionals and all who admire and enjoy Japanese culture.
NY de Volunteer
601 W. 110th Street #10K5, New York, NY 10025
This award-winning nonprofit empowers the Japanese and American community to be positive change makers through civic engagement and global leadership development. NY de Volunteer conducts Japanese-based cultural activities for school children and offers global leadership programs for students and professionals from Japan to enhance openness and understanding and to create goodwill between our two countries.