FAQ - Giving

Enhancing Nishimachi education

What is Nishimachi Annual Giving?

Nishimachi Annual Giving is the lifeline which sustains Nishimachi's high level of academic performance and development of the school.

What is Annual Fund?

Unrestricted gifts that make a difference to all Nishimachi students by underwriting the day-to-day needs of our music and arts programs, science and technology laboratories, athletic programs, facilities, and so much more.

What are Restricted Gifts?

Restricted gifts are given with the understanding that they be used to address specific, designated needs of Nishimachi. Such gifts have supported the Outreach Scholarship program, campus development, community services program, Japanese social studies, visiting author program, technology, Tané Matsukata Fund for International Education, sports teams, arts program, and specific departments within the school.

Who can participate?

We hope that parents will make Nishimachi their highest philanthropic priority while their children are students here. We also believe alumni will recognize the critical importance Nishimachi played in their success and will support the school's ability to provide similar opportunities for students.

How much should I donate?

Gifts to Nishimachi range in size from ¥1,500 to several million yen. Contributions should be in line with what you can afford. While leadership gifts are important for the school's economic strength, every gift does matter and every gift does make a difference. Strong financial support demonstrates the donor's understanding and commitment to the school.

If I can't make a large gift, does a small gift really make a difference?

Yes! Nishimachi values every gift regardless of the size. Last year, more than half of all donors gave ¥20,000 or less.

Who will be solicited?

More than 3,500 alumni, parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, current and former faculty and staff are solicited each year by mail and/or in person and asked for their support. Two fundraising goals drive Nishimachi Annual Giving - the total yen amount and percentage of participation.

Are gifts to Nishimachi tax deductible?

In Japan: Nishimachi International School is certified as a Tokutei Koeki Zoshin Hojin (Special Public Interest Promotion Organization), and your donation may be tax-deductible.

In the U.S.: Nishimachi Foundation is a non-profit organization approved to receive tax-deductible gifts according to Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

How are donors acknowledged?

All donors receive a letter noting their gift amount, date of gift, and the disclosure that no goods or services were provided. In addition, donors are acknowledged in the annual Nishimachi Report and in the honor roll of donors on our website.

What is Nishimachi Foundation?

Nishimachi Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The primary purposes are to furnish financial and administrative aid and support for educational programs and to assist in the building, establishing, maintaining and operating of schools in foreign countries and in the U.S. It has an independent, worldwide board and preferences for gifts may be suggested, but not mandated, by the donor.