Have you ever heard of a community-wide FREE festival that serves as a fundraiser but charges NO admission?
Neither have we.
Call us ambitious, call us crazy, but just don’t say we’re not gutsy.
Putting on a FREE festival is not easy. Putting on a FREE festival that serves as the largest fundraiser of the year for a community-based nonprofit is many times harder. But that’s exactly what we’re doing.
We can’t, however, do it without your help.
In order to keep the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival affordable to the public, we need to raise critical funds in order to cover the bulk of Festival expenses. This is the only way we can make the Festival a viable fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation.
We hope to continue this innovative, creative and fun festival next year and years to come, but we need your help!
Your critical contributions will help make this fundraiser a success, and allow us to continue the publication of the Nichi Bei Weekly, the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country — and allow us to continue our mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.
We hope that we can count on your support.Our Stories
Kenji G. Taguma — Heart & Soul is Soy & Tofu
The 2014 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival’s mission is to provide a venue for the Japantown community to embrace people of all cultures through the Soy & Tofu theme and also to provide a venue for the young cultural core in Japantown to get involved. In the following video, Kenji G. Taguma, the founder of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, talks about the purpose of the festival, its history and opportunities that the festival brings to the community by fostering togetherness, involvement and a platform for young community leaders to grow.
Kiyomi Tanaka — A Volunteer's Heart
The 2014 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is not possible without the commitment, dedication and perseverance of its volunteers. In the following video, Kiyomi Tanaka, Co-Chair of the 2014 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, discusses why she is passionate about the mission of the festival, importance of the festival to the community and how the spirit of volunteerism is fostered by the festival.
Where the money will be spent
Entertainment Expenses — To keep good vibes flowing throughout the Peace Plaza, we need to hire a top-notch audio crew. For the last few years, we have been using sheer good will, heart and passion of our performers helping us put on our festival and we feel we want to give back to them a little. If we reach our goal, we'll be able to pay these hardworking performers and artists so that they can continue on their dream of a pursuit in the arts and entertainment world. That’s a tough world with hours of devotion and we want them to succeed so they can come back every year.
Buchanan Mall/Tiny Tofu Town — A private company who maintains the Buchanan Mall charges for its use, and since Tiny Tofu Town (children’s area) has expanded in the Buchanan Mall, the operational expenses have increased here as well. We see a continued increase in expenses year-to-year as we attract more families and provide more children’s programming (jumpy, tents, performers, stages, and audio/music equipment) to meet this demand. Your kids deserve it and we want to provide it.
Peace Plaza — The SF Recreation & Park Department requires a fee for having an outdoor festival on its grounds, but also charges for any amplified sound that will be held on its grounds. Though the SF Recreation & Park fees are reduced for a nonprofit organization such as the Nichi Bei Foundation, it will cost us upwards of $2,000 to hold this year’s festival at the SF Japantown Peace Plaza.
Your Perks to Say Thank You
We've created some unique offerings as a reward for playing your part in continue to bring the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival to Japantown. They're listed on the right.
They start at the $10 and above level called Tofu Titan, you will get a commemorative Soy and Tofu Festival Refrigerator Magnet.
At the $25 and above level called Tofu Panda, you will receive the commemorative Soy and Tofu Festival Refrigerator Magnet and a convenient Soy and Tofu Festival Tote Bag — ever so handy as the region continues to go green.
And for you generous people who donate $50 and above, you have reached the Tofu Ninja level. We will shower you with the Soy and Tofu Festival Magnet, the Soy and Tofu Festival Tote Bag and the Soy and Tofu Festival T-shirt (*Quantities of each size are limited and the Soy and Tofu Festival cannot reserve specific sizes. Specific shirt sizes will be claimed on a first-come first-served basis).
For your $5 donation, we simply say "Thanks for the support, you’ve brought a smile to our face and one step closer to enabling the dream.” We do request that you pick up your “Thank You” perks at the Soy and Tofu Festival or at the Nichi Bei Foundation / Weekly office at 1832 Buchanan St., Suite 207, San Francisco, CA 94115 or by appointment. Please call ahead as it may be Tofu Panda’s feeding time at (415) 673-1009.
Making Your Impact Known
Our Festival organizers have set a goal of increasing its attendance this year, from our approximate last year’s attendance of 14,000 visitors. Times have been tough for all everyone and there are some great alternatives out there, but especially for the Nichi Bei Foundation, the 2014 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival represents sustaining its mission to provide community building and educational opportunities to the community. Your donation will help benefit the local SF Japantown economy, and our festival vendors at the fair plus the fantastic restaurants and shops in Japantown that are ready to show you their cultural customer service.
There are Other Ways You Can Help. . .
Volunteer. $5 is $5, we understand. What better way to get to know your the Japantown community and its neighbors or your customers than volunteering your time. E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your help at the festival. We'll take good care of you, too.
Share. Get the word out and help raise awareness of this crowd-funding campaign. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal. There are all kinds of SHARE tools right on this page.Visit. If you happen to be in the area. Visit the festival and experience what we are doing. Save the date. It is on June 7 from 11a to 5p.