A New Generation of Community Leaders
In 2013, nine individuals from various Japanese American communities across California gathered to create the New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF). NGNF is a giving circle with three main goals:
- 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
In order to carryout these goals, NGNF collects monetary contributions from donors. Although donations from all are encouraged, NGNF ideally targets donors who are young professionals that do not currently give to Japantown organizations or are very familiar with the Japanese American community and its programs. This is a way for the Sansei (third generation), Yonsei (fourth generation), and Shin-Issei/Nisei (new first/second generation) to learn about, become involved in, and support the greater community.
Giving through Grants
When it comes to providing grants to community organizations each year, donors and NGNF members each have 50% of the decision-making power. Individuals who donate over $25 and NGNF members each vote for the organization whose program they would like to receive the funds. From there, the top organizations are presented with the money so that they are able to carry out innovative projects that cater to the needs of the community. More information about eligible grant recipients can be found here.
Here are the 2018-2019 Grant Recipients:
Go For Broke National Education Center
First Place: $2,500
Go For Broke will use the funds to develop new curriculum on the JA experience in Hawaii during WWII, provide workshops focusing on unity solidarity and resistance, and conduct Nisei veteran research.
Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement
First Place: $2,500
APIFM will use the funds to help fund their Little Tokyo Produce Stand program highlighting local Asian American farmers and bringing fresh produce to Little Tokyo’s senior citizens and low income families.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Second Place: $1,250
JACCC will use the funds for artist workshops and performances for their FandangObon festival which blends Japanese, Mexican, and West African eco cultural practices.
Nisei Week Foundation
Third Place: $1,250
Nisei Week will use the funds towards enhancing and growing their “Sunset on the Plaza” event during the Nisei Week Festival which provides a space for the community to enjoy great food, music, and drinks.