The JCCC Foundation has donated approximately $106,000 in grants to Chicagoland and Illinois educational, arts and community organizations through its twenty fourth annual grant-giving programs. Funding for the JCCC Foundation grant program is derived entirely through JCCC member contributions and member-supported fundraising events.
The JCCC and Japanese business community have, over the years, been warmly welcomed and supported by the Illinois community. The Foundation’s grant giving program, therefore, is an expression of both our appreciation of and commitment to this state. Including this year’s grants, the JCCC Foundation has made donations totaling over $4.9 million since its establishment in 1991.
The grants were formally presented at an award ceremony on October 16 at The Chicago Club in Chicago. Consul General of Japan Masaharu Yoshida and Deputy Director of the Office of Trade and Investment at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Daniel Goff offered words of congratulations to the recipients. Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz delivered the keynote address.
The JCCC Foundation awards grants in three categories: Student Development and Achievement, Japanese Language Education, and U.S.-Japan Partnership.
The recipients of this year’s Student Development and Achievement Grants are; (1) Foundations of Music, (2) Gads Hill Center, (3) Northern Illinois University, (4) Raven Theatre, (5) Snow City Arts, and (6) Writers Theatre.
The recipients of this year’s Japanese Language Education Grants are; (1) Andrew Jackson Language Academy, (2) Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation, (3) DePaul University, Japanese Language/Studies Program, (4) Jane Addams Junior High School, (5) Japanese American Service Committee, (6) North Central College, (7) Oak Park River Forest High School, (8) Spectrum School, (9) Thomas Dooley Elementary School, (10) Tsukasa Taiko of Asian Improv aRts: Midwest (AIRMW), and (11) Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.
The recipients of this year’s U.S.-Japan Partnership grants are; (1) Chicago Japanese American Council, and (2) The Japan America Society of Chicago, and (3) JCCC’s own JEEP.