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. 



We would like to present opportunities for you to make a momentous contribution. The excitement is building as we embark on the Master Plan expansion.We look at this as having nine acres of opportunities for your family to permanently set their roots in this new area of the Garden. Your contribution will make a meaningful impact on the young people, seniors and others who visit. Think of your family name as being listed as a sponsor of the beautiful 300 foot waterfall or the authentic Japanese Teahouse. You are welcome to look at the plans and see if there is a special project of the Garden for which you would like to be involved.



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.