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Why Giving to JANM Matters

The Japanese American National Museum relies on the generosity of its friends and supporters to meet the enormous cost of providing programs and services, year-round, to hundreds of thousands of local, national, and international visitors.

Your membership or gift will ensure that the museum is able to continue its tradition of excellence in producing exhibitions, public programs, publications and educational materials to preserve, interpret, and share the experiences of Japanese Americans.


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JANM’s $65 Million Comprehensive Campaign to Revitalize, Amplify, Deliver, and Secure our Future.

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Join over 6,000 active members worldwide to show your commitment to our work. JANM members receive numerous benefits, and member dues support exhibitions, programs, and other educational efforts. Renew today and show your support!


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I became a member of JANM in the early 1990s because I felt the Museum’s mission was important. At that time, no other organization was educating the public about Japanese American history and its larger lessons for all Americans. What makes the Museum special is its historical exhibit and its docents…JANM provides an opportunity for us to give back to the community in a meaningful way and enjoy the camaraderie among other volunteers and Museum staff. That is why I love being a member of the Museum!

—Roy Sakamoto, JANM Charter Member

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Giving Opportunities

Learn about the many ways that you can make an impact on our museum initiatives through an engraving, planned gift, institutional support, vehicle donation, or the annual fundraising event.

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Donations to JANM help us continue our important work by supporting our educational programs, preservation of artifacts, and daily operations. Contributions can be made to the museum in several ways, and may also be made in honor or memory of a loved one.

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Questions? Contact Kimly Sok, Development Database Analyst, at or 213.830.5646.


NEH Awards $500,000 Infrastructure Grant to JANM

JANUARY 9, 2024

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) a $500,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant for the project, Protecting the Museum’s Collections.


The Japanese American National Museum Receives $10.4 Million Endowment to Establish the Toshizo Watanabe Democracy Fellowship

November 13, 2023

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) has received a $10.4 million gift to establish the Toshizo Watanabe Democracy Fellowship which will promote democracy, leadership, diversity, and community empowerment. The Fellowship will facilitate dialogue and cooperation between early to mid-career leaders from Japan drawn from government, business, media, the arts, and NGO sectors and their American counterparts. The Fellowship program will be housed at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (Democracy Center).


JANM Announces $65 Million Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

August 5, 2023

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) today launched the public phase of its historic $65 million comprehensive fundraising campaign and announced an ambitious plan for the future that includes a renovation of the Museum’s galleries and a new core exhibition. Thanks to the overwhelming response from the community, specifically 59 leadership gifts of $100,000 and above, the “Our Promise” campaign has raised $48 million to date, 74% of the goal.


Support the understanding and appreciation of the Japanese American experience.

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