Welcome to the Nikkei Credit Union Community! Nikkei Credit Union is proud to support the following organizations that serve and support our Nikkei Community in Southern California and nationally. We have provided links to these organizations for your convenience. We encourage your support of these dedicated organizations.
- Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI)
The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community center housing various classes, services, and programs for seniors, non-senior adults, and youth in the South Bay for over 40 years. The mission of the GVJCI is to serve the needs of the local Japanese American community through educational, cultural, and social programs that share the Japanese and Japanese American cultural heritage
- Go For Broke National Education Center
Incorporated in 1989, Japanese American World War II veterans established the 100th/442nd/MIS WWII Memorial Foundation, now the Go For Broke National Education Center, to build the Go For Broke Monument. Today, the Center is committed to inspiring youth to realize that circumstance is not destiny, and that destiny is theirs to define. This is done through educational initiatives that share the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers who served in segregated units during World War II, and answered their country's call with unparalleled bravery. With the ongoing Hanashi Program, GFBNEC has been able to establish the world's largest collection of Japanese American WWII Soldiers oral histories.
- Intercollegiate Nikkei Council (INC)
The Intercollegiate Nikkei Council (INC), is comprised of university student organizations:
- CSU Long Beach, Nikkei Student Union
- CSU Northridge, Nikkei Student Association
- University of California Berkeley, Nikkei Student Union
- University of California Davis, Japanese American Student Society
- University of California Irvine, Tomo no Kai
- University of California Los Angeles, Nikkei Student Union
- University of California San Diego, Nikkei Student Union
- USC Nikkei Student Union
- Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Pacific Southwest District
Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the nation’s largest membership-based Asian American community organization with over 12,000 members in 112 chapters throughout the country. Over its 81 years of existence, JACL was instrumental in the protection of civil rights for Japanese Americans and other immigrant communities, especially during the incarceration of the community during World War II. The Pacific Southwest District of the JACL consists of over 3,000 members and is the second largest district in the organization. They are comprised of chapters throughout Southern California, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Their advocacy represents Asian and Pacific Islanders on a variety of issues and programming spread across the western half of the country. The Pacific Southwest District has seen momentous growth over its history and will continue to be the leading advocate on community issues and the leading organization in developing future leaders.
- Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
Founded in 1980, the JACCC is the largest Asian American cultural center of its kind in the U.S. and is the preeminent presenter of Japanese, Japanese American and Asian American arts. JACCC is home to a number of civic and arts organizations and serves as the cultural and community focal point of Japanese Americans throughout Southern California.
- Japanese American National Museum
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.
- The Nikkei Games: Games for the Generations
- The Little Tokyo Service Center
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) was established in 1979 by representatives of various Japanese American groups who wanted to form a multipurpose social service center. Today, LTSC strives for a vibrant Little Tokyo neighborhood, provides bilingual social services to Japanese communities, and helps disadvantaged groups of all ethnicities in downtown Los Angeles.