The Financial Industry in Tokyo (FIT) is dedicated to supporting non-profit community organisations serving important, but not necessarily well-recognised needs, with limited fundraising capabilities.
The FIT For Charity 2018 Organising Committeee announced the eight beneficiary charities we will be supporting in 2018. After a thorough review, the charities were selected through a voting process held amongst eligible FIT sponsor and supporter firms.
2018’s beneficiary organisations are as follows.
Our motto is“to not assume that someone cannot do something because he/she has a disability and to come up with a creative solutions”. AOH runs a chocolate factory, CHOCOLABO, to provide a place of work and sufficient pay for people with disabilities to live on their own, based on their idea that people with disabilities should be able to earn a reasonable income.
NPO Bilingual Bicultural Education Center for Deaf Children (BBED) supports deaf children (children who cannot hear / have difficulty hearing) to receive education in two languages, Japanese Sign Language and Japanese language (reading and writing). BBED promotes a society in which deaf children can live up to their full potential, just like any hearing children, and their abilities will be appreciated.
NPO five years is one of Japan's largest cancer patients support organisation. They operate an online “community website for cancer patients” to provide hope, healing and information to patients.
NPO Gokigen Farm was established in 2011
Currently, Gokigen Farm runs vegetables, rice, and poultry businesses in 3 locations and employs about 100 people with disabilities.
Gokigen Farm aims to establish a community where people with and without disabilities can create a connection through agriculture and live together happily.
NPO Japan Amputee Football Association promotes amputee football for people with have amputated limbs due to illness or accidents, and for people with congenital developmental disabilities. Through the activities, they aim to improve an environment in which everyone with and without disabilities can enjoy sports together, anytime and anywhere.
NPO First Aid Society mainly conducts activities promoting emergency first response care for children, focusing on the spreading of emergency first response care and disaster support. They have started conducting activities to spread “child accident prevention” and “emergency first response care for children,” as well as “support activities for disaster affected children and families,” which was triggered by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in 1995. “Quality of support and accountability training” is currently provided as well.
NPO KIZUKI aims to realize “a society where you can start over” by providing support to young people who face difficulties in society.
Since its establishment five years ago, NPO KIZUKI has supported about 5,000 people by operating classes for students who stopped attending school and providing support to students who are at risk of dropping out of universities.
NPO Mental Rescue Association promotes suicide prevention counselling and aims to spread information about specialised counselling skills and knowledge for people who have thoughts of dying as well as people who have suffered from disastrous events such as earthquakes, accidents, and other incidents.
Beneficiary charities that represent FIT’s principles are chosen from organisations in the Kanto area and the funds are divided equally among them. As FIT Organising Committee is not a standing organisation, each year, FIT selects anew the organisations it chooses to support, allowing FIT to cover a broad range of organisations and social causes in our local community.
Because all members of the FIT For Charity Organising Committee are themselves unpaid volunteers, and because almost everything needed to hold the FIT event is donated by companies and their employees, the charity organisations supported by FIT receive approximately 90% of the total funds collected.