Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Media & Broadcasting
  • Race & Ethnicity


PO BOX 15693SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Nichi Bei Foundation is an educational and charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Japanese American community connected, informed and empowered -- primarily through a community newspaper (Nichi Bei Weekly) and Website ( as well as educational programming.


The Nichi Bei Foundation rose out of the ashes of the historic Nichi Bei Shimbun (1899-1942) & Nichi Bei Times (1946-2009) community newspapers to launch the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country in 2009. It has since evolved to develop some groundbreaking educational programs & events.

As the Times board closed the newspaper after 63 years in Sept. of 2009, a group of staff & contributing writers, media professionals & community leaders set out to establish the Nichi Bei Foundation as a means to support community organizations, shed light on community issues & document the community’s history.

Just one week after the last edition of the Times rolled off the presses, the first edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly was published as the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country. The Nichi Bei Foundation & Nichi Bei Weekly have a simple yet profound mission: to keep the community connected, informed & empowered.

It is also a vehicle to preserve culture, history & community. Educational & cultural resources include:

* Japanese American Community Resource Guide;

* Japanese Culture & Cherry Blossom Festivals Guide;

* SF Japantown Map & Directory;

* Obon & Summer Festivals Guide;

* Northern California Soy & Tofu Festival

* Films of Remembrance

* Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage


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