Annual Support Drive
Dear Center Supporters,
We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and returning to activities that make your life full, as we look forward to happier times ahead. As life seems to be returning to normal, it’s been great to see some familiar faces back at the Center and hear sounds of laughter and excitement in the building. Spring is when everything comes to life. A time for new beginnings. It’s also when we reach out to our friends of the Center to consider a gift to our Spring Annual Support Drive.
Since our incorporation in 1973, the goal of the Center was that we would become a self-sufficient non-profit. The Nisei wanted the Center to become an organization that could always strive to meet the most pressing needs of the Japanese American community. Relying on government, civic and foundation grants could deter our ability to meet those needs or cause us to change our priorities.
Being self-sufficient isn’t easy. We don’t have guaranteed funding or government grants to pay for our programs and operations as many other non profits do. Instead, the Center earns its income from its programs, special events, facility rentals, memberships and fundraisers. That is why every spring, we reach out to our loyal donors and members to support our largest fundraising campaign to begin the year.
Over the past four decades, the Center’s vision of creating a home in our community to preserve and promote our cultural heritage has grown to internationally recognized programs. We have organized national and statewide conferences; helped thousands of Nisei receive their high school and college diplomas that were denied due to Executive Order 9066 and raised millions of dollars to help Japan recover from natural disasters.
Despite these accomplishments, we are increasingly concerned about how the demographics of our support base have changed. Since the dream of the Center was first realized, more than a thousand of our Nisei donors have since passed away. Their combined cash contributions totaled millions of dollars to the Center over the years. The JCCCNC is owned and operated by the community, by people who believe in what we do. It takes the collective support of one generation to the next for us to continue to fulfill our mission and ensure that the dream lives on.
Please take a moment to return the enclosed envelope with your fully tax-deductible donation or donate online. In appreciation of your donation, we will recognize your gift ($100+) at the Ruby, Emerald, Silver, Gold and Platinum Crane levels in our main lobby, website and digital donor appreciation frame. As always, your donation may be made in honor or memory of loved ones. Making a donation to the Center is a meaningful way to remember them.
With gratitude and deep appreciation,
Paul Osaki Myron Okada
Executive Director President
Donors ($100+) will be recognized at the Ruby ($100+), Emerald ($250+), Silver ($500+), Gold ($1,000+), and Platinum ($5,000+) Crane levels in our main lobby, website, digital donor appreciation frame, and in a printed newsletter in the upcoming calendar year.