Q1. How can I contribute?
The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund is collecting Long-Term Donations and One-Time Donations. Long-Term Donors can sign up to make donations of 10,000 Japanese Yen every year for a period of 10 years. These donations will be drawn automatically from your designated bank account on a predetermined date each year. Please inform us of your Name, Address, and Contact number via fax and we will provide an application form by mail. One-Time Donations of any amount can be made to our bank account at any time. (NOTE: The automatic withdrawal option is only available to donors holding an account with a Japanese banking institution.)
Q2. Can I make a donation in a joint name with my spouse?
A Long-Term Donation can only be made in one name. If you would like to provide Long-Term Donations with your spouse in a joint name, please apply for two donation accounts. If you are setting up multiple Long-Term Donation accounts with a single bank, only one application form is required (Please write the name of each donor for each respective donation account). If you and your spouse wish to provide donations from separate banks, please prepare a separate application form for each bank.
Q3. What happens if I cannot continue my Long-Term Donation for 10 years due to unforeseen circumstances?
Donors are free to cancel their Long-Term Donations at any point in time. Please contact us to cancel an account. B
Q4. Is it possible to make my total 100,000 Yen donation in less than 10 years? For example, can I make 50,000 yen donations for 2 years?
In this case, we ask you to prepare 5 donation accounts and to cancel the accounts after 2 years. Please contact us to cancel the accounts, otherwise donations will continue to be withdrawn automatically even after the second year.B
Q5. Can I receive preferential tax treatment benefits for my donations?
Donors are not subject to preferential tax treatment benefits because we are currently registered as a private organization. Please also be aware that we do not print receipts except upon request.
Q6. Does the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund have plans to become a non-governmental organization in the future?
We do not currently have plans to receive non-governmental organization status.
Q7. What is the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund Great Hanshin Earthquake?
The first Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund was established in 1995 following the Great Hanshin Earthquake by architect Tadao Ando and seven other members. The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund called for 10-year donations to support the children orphaned by the earthquake. A total of 490,000,000 Yen was collected and distributed through the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education to finance the education of 418 orphans. Distributions of the donation money will continue through to March 31, 2014, when the children born at the time of the earthquake will reach 18 years of age and complete their schooling. The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund also organized lectures, drawing sessions, and other events to encourage the orphans.
Q8. How is this Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund related to its predecessor?
The founders of the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund Great East Japan Earthquake are different from its predecessor, and thus they are separate entities. However, the new Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund has been allowed to carry the name of its predecessor to reflect the success and expertise gained from the previous organization, and because it shares the same objective to support disaster orphans.
Q9. What is the meaning behind the name of the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund?
The name of the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund was inspired from the proverb, "momo-kuri san-nen, kaki hachi-nen" ("three years for peaches and chestnuts, eight years for persimmons"), which observes how a certain amount of time is required for actions to bear fruit. The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund embraces the wisdom of this proverb and aims to provide sustained support for the children until they reach at least 18 years of age.B
Q.10 Is the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund an incorporated foundation (NPO, incorporated association, etc.)?
The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund is a private organization established by individuals from the cultural and financial fields. There are 8 founding members of the organization headed by architect Tadao Ando.
Q11. How will the donations be distributed to the orphans of the earthquake?
The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund is working with the educational boards and governmental organizations of the disaster areas to accurately determine the number of orphans and to find the best method of distribution. For the Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund Great Hanshin Earthquake, orphans aged from 0 to 18 were provided with scholarships. Elementary and secondary school children were provided with 6,000 Yen each month, and high school children were provided 20,000 Yen each month.
Q12. How can I receive donations as an orphan?
The collected donations will be distributed to orphans through the prefectural education boards of the affected regions. Please contact the education board when distribution begins in 2012.
Q13. Is there a donation target?
The Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund aims to gather 1,000,000,000 Yen through donations from both individuals and companies.