2014 Charities

FIT For Charity is dedicated to supporting non-profit community organisations serving important, but not necessarily well-recognised needs, with limited fundraising capabilities. Supported charities that represent this principle are chosen from organisations in the Kanto area. Funds are divided equally among them. As a non-standing organisation, FIT prefers to support community organisations on a one-year basis. By doing so, FIT can vary the organisations and therefore support a wide range of causes.

Because all members of the FIT For Charity Organising Committee are themselves unpaid volunteers, and because almost all of the elements needed to stage the FIT event are donated by companies and their employees, the community organisations supported by FIT receive more than 90% of the total funds collected.

The FIT For Charity 2014 Organising Committee are pleased to announce the 6 beneficiary charities we will be supporting this year. After a thorough review the charities were selected through a voting process held amongst eligible FIT sponsor and supporter firms.

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FIT For Charity donations have reached JPY 58mn, exceeding our preliminary expectations. As a result, we are excited to announce that we are able to add two more worthy charities that were previously selected by our generous sponsors, Everlasting Nature of Asia and Hanalabs. The amount of funds raised minus our limited operating expenses will be distributed equally amongst the eight local beneficiary organizations below.

LinkIconChild Maltreatment Prevention Network

We strive to a discovery of abuse & neglect against children through the hotline service, as well as promotion & diffusion of the prevention
activities, in cooperation with public institutions and private sector professionals.

LinkIconThe END ALS Association

The END ALS Association’s mission is to help find a cure and improve government policy to allow patients to communicate comfortably through technology.

LinkIconEverlasting Nature of Asia (ELNA)

ELNA aims to contribute to the conservation and sustainability of marine resources and contributes to save endangered species from extinction. Ogasawara is the very special place for the sea turtles in Japan, where ELNA conducts research and conservation of the egg laying and hatching stage of Aoumi game turtles.

LinkIconGuide Dog & Service Dog & Hearing Dog Association of Japan

We are the only organization in Japan that trains, certificates and provides three types of assistance dogs to physically challenging people. Although disability service dogs and hearing dogs do not have long history in Japan, we have produced more than half of these assistance dogs now working in the nation.

LinkIconNPO Hanalabs

Hanalabs provides training programs to female university students in Japan so that they can develop leadership skills by addressing social issues through training programs. Through these initiatives, the students feel more comfortable to engage with social issues, and take leadership with higher confidence.

LinkIconHope Tree

Hope Tree is a group of medical social workers such as psychologists, child life specialists, medics, and medical facilities that aim to help children of cancer patients. Our aim is to provide assistance through information to help the children and their parents overcome multiple hurdles through the various stages they face. Furthermore, our aim is to help expand the support networks available to these families.

LinkIconLights On Children

Lights On Children supports children who are currently living in and will soon be leaving orphanages and becoming self-reliant. With deep understanding of both orphanages and private businesses, Lights On Children aims to become a “hub” between these organizations to coordinate support between them for children transitioning out of life in orphanages.

LinkIconTeach For Japan

Teach For Japan’s mission is to realize a society in which all children can get a great education. To achieve our mission, we select and develop excellent persons and send them as teachers to schools struggling with educational problems.