I LOVE AOZORA Fundraising Campaign

For: Aozora Gakuen
New York, NY
Organizer: Erin Kaplan
of $25,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 99 donors

The Story

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Aozora Gakuen (“Blue Skies School”) needs our help.  It's time to find a new home and the cost of moving, expanding, and hiring new teachers for a commercial space is immense. The families of Aozora have come together in support of this fundraising effort. Your participation in these efforts would provide a tremendous and lasting contribution towards the Japanese-American community in New York.

The school was founded by three mothers in 2012 who sought a preschool that could provide quality education rooted in Japanese values, morals and spirit. Our school’s activities tie directly into the development of the balance between independence and interdependence; self-respect and empathy; ingenuity and collaboration by teaching our children to think globally and embrace diversity, to respect their bodies, each other, their environment.

Aozora currently serves 60 families out of a small brownstone in Fort Greene, but the wait list is long. We aim to nearly double our capacity and provide new and long-lasting services to our alumnus and to the Japanese and Japanese-American community at large. Our move to a larger commercial space will allow us to create an additional preschool classroom as well as a library and meeting space to further our community outreach.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation to the community please contact Miho ([email protected]) to find out more.

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ブルックリンあおぞら学園は2012年創立の小さな日英バイリンガル幼稚園です。国際都市ニューヨークに根ざした本学園は、日本とアメリカの両方にルーツをもつ子どもたちが、アメリカ的な自主性と日本的な協調性、そして思いやりの心をバランスよくはぐくむことのできる教育を目指してきました。 ところが本学園のあるビルの家賃があがり、現状のままでの継続が難しくなってしまったのです。地価および物価の高いブルックリンでは、学校のような大きな施設、あるいは場所を作るのに多額の費用がかかります。そこで移転や新しい教室の工事に必要な資金のため、本学園に通っている子どもたちの保護者が力を合わせ、 オンラインの募金活動をはじめました。皆さまのご支援やご協力は、その額の大小にかかわらず、今のあおぞら学園にとって大変重要な意味を持ちます。また、ニューヨークの日系コミュニティ全体への大きなサポートにもつながるものです。


オンラインでのご寄付が難しい場合は、小切手や現金でのご寄付も受け付けております。また税額控除措置についてのご質問は、お気軽に[email protected]までご連絡ください。


Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen 
(Attn: Donation) 
316 Carlton Ave, #1
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 19, 2016

Posted on August 19, 2016

Dear Friends of Aozora,

It has been a busy summer! With so many families traveling and visiting, we are certain your thoughts have been elsewhere. But we wanted to take a moment to celebrate, because we met our goal of raising $25,000 thanks to you! Your support- the parents and siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and coworkers of Aozora families- each made the difference. For every $20 you gave to Aozora, you gifted us an extra $20 through our matching donor to make our grand fundraising total $50,125! How amazing!

In other great news, Aozora Community Foundation received confirmation of our 501c3 status which allows all your donations, made after our June filing date, to be tax deductible! Let us know if you have any questions about your donation.

We are so grateful for your dedication and support and we look forward to building our special community together, thanks to each of you.

Best Regards,

Aozora Community Foundation

Posted on June 29, 2016

Posted on June 29, 2016

We are a week and a half into our I LOVE AOZORA fundraiser online and we are so thankful for the overwhelming warmth and support from the community. Besides the online donations, families and friends have sent checks to the school. And we have had a generous donor come forward with a $5000 donation for Aozora's new classrooms! Our new total today, with all donations online and by check is now $11,000! We are nearly halfway to our goal and your can make the difference. Show us how YOU LOVE AOZORA today!

Posted on June 1, 2016

Posted on June 1, 2016

A HUGE thanks goes out to the companies and individuals that donated so much time and effort to make an amazing video about Aozora Gakuen...

The Mill
Cut and RunSound Lounge
Ben Smith - Director
Michael Girandola - DP
Akiko Iwakawa Grieve - Editor
Tetsuro Mise - Art Director
Fergus McCall - Colorist
Satoko Iinuma - Producer

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