The NVC Foundation was established in 2005 as a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization to support the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) and address the dilemma of declining numbers of veterans in the NVC. It was then decided to create the NVC Foundation with broadened membership to include women, non-veterans and essentially anyone who shared the Foundation mission to continue the NVC legacy.
Although tied closely to the NVC, the Foundation is a separate corporate entity with its own officers and Board of Directors. The NVC Foundation mission statement is to preserve and honor the Japanese American legacies and to provide community programs that meet the educational, cultural and social needs of the broader community.
In keeping with the legacies, a Memorial Wall stands adjacent to the Memorial hall as a tribute to the veterans of WWII and other eras who served their country in time of need in many instances when family members were unjustly incarcerated in internment camps. The Memorial Wall also honors those who waited in the internment camps for the return of their boys who were serving overseas with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the MIS.
NVC members, Foundation members and community groups regularly use the Memorial Hall as a convenient and comfortable gathering place for activities and events. The Monthly Speaker Series are held there as part of the Foundation’s education program which also reaches out to students in classrooms, to civic groups and other organizations. A military museum in the Hall further tells the story of the contributions made by the Nisei veterans and veterans of succeeding generations in the history of the United States.
All Foundation programs, activities and events support the Foundation motto: Honoring the Past and Educating the Future.