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FY 2018-2019 REPORT: 440 DONORS & $10K GRANTED

Year five: Fostering the culture of giving.

 
 

For our fifth year of allocation meetings, the team met in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles! We granted to five amazing organizations, and couldn’t be happier to continue NGNF’s work.

 
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Go For Broke National Education Center

Voted 1st Place by our Donors - Congratulations to the Go For Broke National Education Center for a grant in the amount of $2,500 for their Partnerships program! Go For Broke will use grant funds to develop new curriculum on the JA experience in Hawai’i during WWII with Kizuna; provide workshops focusing on unity, solidarity, and resistance with Vigilant Love; and research Nisei veteran ties to Little Tokyo.

 
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API Forward Movement

Little Tokyo Little Produce Stand

Voted 1st place by our Members - Congratulations to the API Forward Movement for a grant in the amount of $2,500 for their program, Little Tokyo Little Produce Stand! APIFM will use grant funds to cover a portion of staff time, the cost of produce from the farmers, and transportation costs for delivery to the JACCC. The project will increase access to culturally relevant and affordable organic fruits and veggies from local Asian American farmers through APIFM’s Food Roots program to Japanese American seniors and other low-income families in the Little Tokyo community.

 
 

Taiko Community Alliance

Made in America: Taiko Voices

Voted 2nd place by our Donors - Congratulations to the Taiko Community Alliance for a grant in the amount of $2,500! TCA will use grant funds for the “Made in America: Taiko Voices” project led by Franco Imperial of San Jose Taiko with collaborators from two other pioneer taiko groups in the U.S. – the resulting piece to be performed at San Jose Obon, other prominent Asian American events, and shared with the taiko community through teaching resource.

 
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Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)

FandangObon

Voted 2nd place by our Members - Congratulations to the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC for a grant in the amount of $1,250! JACCC will use grant funds for artist workshop(s) and performance(s) at FandangObon, an arts and cultural eco festival and convening rooted in Japanese, Mexican and West African eco cultural practices. Let's commend the JACCC for their long-time service as the hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place for the diverse voices it inspires!

 
 
 

NISEI WEEK FOUNDATION

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

Our last (but not least!) 5th Anniversary grantee is the Nisei Week Foundation for a grant in the amount of $1,250. Grant funds will be applied toward the Sunset on the Plaza program to expand and enhance program entertainment to drive higher attendance; provide increased budget for financial compensation to local artists; or make stronger investments in marketing through paid social media, partnerships with influencers, photo installations, and professional photo/video services to create marketing assets. Congratulations to Nisei Week and all five of our Year 5 grantees. We couldn't have successfully completed our 5th year as a giving circle without the dedication of our Donors and support from the greater community.

 
 
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