Build, enhance & sustain.
Envisioned by the new generation of leaders of the Japanese American community, NGNF strives to...
Build a new generation of Japanese American and Asian American philanthropists through a culture of giving
Enhance collaboration and communication across Japantowns and Nikkei communities at large
Sustain community-based organizations with a grant(s) and a new generation of donors
NGNF is fiscally hosted by the Tides Foundation.
How It Works
Donors who give a minimum of $25 or more qualify for one vote at one time for the funding cycle. Donor votes are tallied and the top project with the highest total votes will receive 50% of NGNF funds available for distribution.
All 9 Members meet to discuss and review applications to determine the recipient of the remaining 50% of NGNF funds. All allocation decisions are consensus-based. Project applications are evaluated based on the overall quality of the application, alignment of the project with NGNF’s mission, and justification of budget.
Our Leadership Structure
NGNF is composed of 9 Members, all with separate Japantown organizational affiliations within California (San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles). Members are collectively responsible for fundraising, including seeking out donors, creating the shortlist of organizational applicants, overseeing the voting process, and making financial allocation determinations. All Member decisions, including allocations, are on a consensus basis.
The main objective of our decision-making process is to optimize accountability, transparency, and fairness. The major focus is that Donors and Members have an equal say in allocation decisions. NGNF Members are required to target donors - many of them young professionals - who do not yet give to Japantown organizations and/or are relatively unfamiliar with these issue areas. A primary benchmark for progress is the creation of a sustainable, fair system of giving that is mainly donor-driven and independent of NGNF Member affiliation.
NGNF was founded on November 1, 2013 by nine Japanese American individuals representing the next generation of community stakeholders in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo, San Jose's Japantown and San Francisco's Japantown. Representing the growing diversity within the Japanese American community, Members are multigenerational, multiethnic, and multilingual, each with a separate organizational affiliation in the community as a current staff and/or Board member.
One of the prevailing needs within the community today and the main reason for the formation of NGNF has been the passing of the Nisei (second generation) – those directly involved with the forced removal of Japanese Americans into America’s concentration camps during World War II – who make up the majority of donor bases within Japanese American organizations. Having been in existence for over 80 years for some organizations, however, the capacity in which the Issei (first generation) and Nisei have been giving has not been apparent among the Sansei (third generation), Yonsei (fourth generation) and Shin-Issei/Nisei (new first/second generations), as the younger generations remain unfamiliar and disconnected with the Japanese American community and/or Japantown organizations.
The Decision-making Process
The main objective of our decision-making process is to optimize accountability, transparency, and fairness. The major focus is that Donors and Members have an equal say in allocation decisions. NGNF Members are required to target donors – many of them young professionals - who do not yet give to Japantown organizations and/or are relatively unfamiliar with these issue areas. A primary benchmark for progress is the creation of a sustainable, fair system of giving that is mainly donor-driven and independent of NGNF Member affiliation.
Eligibility & Priorities
NGNF seeks out Japanese-American/Japantown-based organizations that engage in projects that are innovative and/or non-traditional, with respect to the needs, interests, and capacities of organizations. Lending on the experiences and involvement its members, the focus for the 2018-2019 cycle will be Japantown-based organizations with potential to become more inclusive of larger Nikkei communities in future cycles. The scope of “Japantown-based organizations” comports with landmarked, historically preserved areas. NGNF currently serves three Japantowns in California: San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles.
FY 2019-2020 Priority 1
Located in or serving San Francisco's Japantown, San Jose's Japantown, or Los Angeles' Little Tokyo
Serves a majority Japanese/Japanese American population
FY 2019-2020 Priority 2
Located in or serving a Nikkei/Japanese American community in California
Serves a majority Asian/Asian American population
For FY 2019-2020, NGNF will not be funding:
Fundraising events and projects / use of funds for fundraising
Grantees from FY 2018-2019
Re-granting (distribution of funds to other organizations)
Endowments or reserves
For the benefit of specific individuals
Past debts or current operating deficits
Activities that promote religious beliefs
Funded organizations are chosen by the following process:
Primary decision made by Donors’ votes, which guarantees the top organization(s) 50% of NGNF funds and
The remaining 50% of funds will be left to the decision-making of the 9 Members
NGNF Members will review submitted applications using the following four criteria:
Sustainability of Organization
Long Term Implication