Support Us

Our roots have been deeply planted in San Diego since the 1915 Exposition. History has carried us forward to the Japanese Friendship Garden we know today. In the past 20 years, our members have seen growth from an empty sand lot to the beautiful Garden we all have come to enjoy. Now, we are looking forward to the future and we invite you to “walk with us as we grow.”

The cultural and historical events, the exhibits, and the meaningful friendships made at the Garden are an important part of the rich Japanese heritage in San Diego. If you are one of the many people who have helped build this garden, you may have contemplated how you can be remembered at the Garden long after you are gone. How can I leave my Kiseki (footsteps) for those to see in the future?

There are several types of gifts to consider that are easy to make that will support the future development of our Garden. A brief summary is given on outright gifts, Bequests, Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Lead Trust, Life Insurance Policies, Revocable Living Trust, Retained Life Estate, Real Estate Gifts and Retirement Account Assets. With each gift plan, we have listed tax benefits that you may receive. Of course, we strongly recommend that you consult with your CPA or tax advisor in making your planned gift.

The Garden’s staff is here to meet with you and discuss your estate options. We invite you to visit our office and speak with Fund Development Coordinator to discuss options that may best suit your interests.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Garden and are an integral part of the education program. Please do not hesitate to join us and make a difference in our community! There are many fun opportunities available to participate involving varying degrees of hourly commitment.

If you are looking to gain experience in the non-profit industry or museum setting, the Japanese Friendship Garden offers a variety of un-paid internship opportunities to fulfill credit/hours for multiple durations.

Banner Photo Credit: Dominic Nepomuceno