Illinois Japan Disaster Relief Fund

Japan House and the College of Fine and Applied Arts have established a fund with the University of Illinois Foundation to aid the people of Japan directly affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

How to Support the University of Illinois Relief Effort for Japan 

All gifts are deductible for federal income tax purposes, subject to the limitations placed on charitable gifts by the Internal Revenue Service. The University of Illinois Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. 100% of collected gift funds will be used to support the people of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

If you would like an online gift through the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure website, please use the address provided below:

If you prefer to make a postal payment, please make your check payable to: UIF – Illinois-Japan Disaster Relief and mail it to the address below:

Illinois-Japan Disaster Relief
Japan House
2000 South Lincoln AvenueUrbana, Illinois 61802
Phone: 217.244.9934

You may also send your gift check directly to the University of Illinois Foundation:

University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street
Urbana, IL  61801-2962
Phone:  217.333.0810

Tea Dedication for the vicims of the Japan Disaster

Please join us at the Japan House on Saturday, March 19th to observe a tea ceremony dedication for the victims of the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster.  More details...

Below are comments provided by Professor Kimiko Gunji, director of Japan House:

“The University of Illinois and the people of Japan have had a long standing relationship ever since the first Japanese student enrolled in the University in 1900.  For over 35 years the Japan Illini club has offered a scholarship program established by Mr. Hachiro Koyama, which allows gifted Japanese students educational opportunities at the University of Illinois.  In 1975 the original Japan House was established through the efforts of former Chancellor Mort Weir and Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato.  When the old Japan House was torn down for redevelopment in the area we started fundraising for a permanent facility.  Major Japanese organizations such as the Urasenke Tea School donated two tea rooms, in 1997, the Japan Illini Club gave $100,000, and the Japan Expo Foundation and the Japan Foundation both donated $100,000.  Without these strong Japanese supporters Japan House would not exist.

Almost 100 students from Japan are currently enrolled at the University of Illinois.  Upon graduation many of them return to Japan and remain involved with the University through the Japan Illini Club, which is one of the largest alumni association clubs outside of the United States.  Furthermore, the very mission of Japan House is to introduce Japanese arts and culture, to promote the US-Japan relationship and to promote tolerance for all cultures and peace.

Thus, I feel it is urgent for us to support Japan and the Japanese who are in the middle of this devastating situation.

Therefore, we are establishing a fund with the University of Illinois Foundation, which will allow private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the disaster relief effort in Japan.  All gifts collected through this effort will go directly to support the people of Japan and we will work with representatives from the Consul General of Japan in Chicago and the members of the Japan Illini Club to ensure the funds collected will provide the maximum benefit to the people of Japan.

Thank you so much for your caring and support.”

Kimiko Gunji
Japan House
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

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