Share the pain. Share the hope. Share the future.

Our mission is social innovation.

Through this innovation we aim to achieve a society where all people support one another, reducing the burdens and challenges they face together.

Everyone has a role to play: citizens, corporations, nonprofit organizations, governments, and international bodies. By forging networks among these actors, The Nippon Foundation serves as a hub for the world’s wisdom, experience, and human resources, giving individuals the capacity to change society—the hope that they can make a difference.

Our goal is to give all of humanity the chance to participate in creating our future.

Guiding Principles

  • Discover

    We identify change around the world in its earliest stages, getting quickly to work on solutions to upcoming problems humanity will face.

  • Prioritize

    We work constantly to understand what is needed today, and where it is required, so we can meet the needs with highest priority at all times.

  • Be creative

    Unencumbered by precedent, we take innovative approaches to new projects, crafting fresh systems to make our society better.

  • Do it now

    We show decisiveness and bold action, implementing our activities nimbly so we can address change in real time, as it happens.

  • Be open

    Our open stance on information disclosure allows us to listen to the voices of society, reflecting them in our actions as an always accessible organization.

  • Grow

    We constantly keep a critical eye on ourselves, evaluating our actions and learning to improve our capacity for social innovation and the quality of our activities.

  • Expand networks

    By extending our networks to individuals and organizations with an awareness of the problems humanity faces, we seek to create great surges of action in society.