Support These Ten Japanese-Related Nonprofits on #GivingTuesday

We stuffed ourselves with turkey on Thanksgiving, 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. This year Facebook is matching up to $7 million dollars in eligible donations made on the social networking site today. So when possible, donate through the organizations’ #GivingTuesday Facebook campaigns.

If you’re ready to begin your holiday and year-end giving, here is JapanCulture•NYC’s list of ten New York-based Japanese-related nonprofit organizations that will welcome your support on this #GivingTuesday. These organizations run the gamut from education, advocacy, social and medical services, arts, and food.

Please note that I am a Board director, member and/or supporter of most of these organizations, so this list is completely subjective. I’m happy to learn more about a Japanese-related organization that you support, so feel free to leave a comment!

Top Ten Japanese-Related Nonprofits in NYC

The 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 Medical Society of America (JMSA)
100 Park Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10017
JMSA is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 by Japanese medical professionals serving the New York region. The organization consists of members from various fields of heathcare and includes physicians, dentists, nurses, researchers, residents, and students all across the United States. Their main focus is to support the Japanese and Japanese-American communities through various health-related efforts.

Hamilton-Madison House Japanese Mental Health Clinic
253 South Street, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10002
The Hamilton-Madison House Japanese Mental Health Clinic was established in 1983 to support the Japanese residents of New York City. It was the first outpatient mental health clinic in the Northeast United States solely devoted to serving the Japanese community with the highest level of care by culturally sensitive and linguistically competent licensed clinicians. It remains the only not-for-profit Japanese mental health clinic on the East Coast.
Click here to support Hamilton-Madison House’s Facebook campaign.

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 Society
333 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Japan Society is a 112-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.
Click here to support Japan Society’s Facebook campaign.

New York Japanese American Lions Club
A leader in humanitarian service, the volunteers of the New York Japanese American Lions Club have done significant fundraising for natural disasters that have struck Japan, including 3.11 and the recent Typhoon Hagibis.

OIST Foundation
1 Bridge Street, Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) Foundation is a brand new nonprofit. The mission of the OIST Foundation is to promote innovative global scientific breakthroughs through enhancing and strengthening science and technology research and related programs at OIST and to empower Americans to support the sustainable development of Okinawa and deepen U.S.-Japan relations. The foundation will further OIST’s mission to improve the development of Okinawa.
Click here to support OIST Foundation’s Facebook campaign.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program 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.
Click here to support JETAANY’s Facebook campaign.

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 changemakers 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.

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.

Created in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that encourages people to get more involved their communities by donating, collaborating, and spreading the word. Transform our Japanese American community in New York and celebrate generosity today and every day. Happy #GivingTuesday!