Make a Gift

  • Make a general contribution to help the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the stewards of Shofuso, continue its mission to preserve, maintain, present and interpret Shofuso Japanese House and Garden while promoting intercultural understanding through public programs about Japanese arts and culture.
  • Contribute to our preservation fund to ensure the long-term care of our historic structure, Shofuso.
  • Planned Gifts and Bequests can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals while helping to bring future generations to Shofuso.


Naming the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) as a beneficiary of your estate plan is not only easy to do, it is also a way to make a significant and lasting gift to our site that may not be possible during your lifetime.

Designate the FJHG as Shofusoa full or partial beneficiary of your estate with an addition to your will through your attorney. This bequest is a simple way to provide for JASGP’s future and the preservation of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.  If all or most of your assets are in a living trust, a benefactor can add a similar provision to the trust instrument.  In either situation, please consult an attorney.

An example of a bequest for general operations support is: “I give and bequeath the sum of $___________/the following described property ___________ (description of assets given) to the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP); with the request, as consistent with the Articles of Organization and By-Laws of FJHG, as amended from time to time, that the funds thus transferred be used to fulfill JASGP’s mission as part of JASGP’s Unrestricted Fund.”

After the execution of your will, your bequest will be structured according to your wishes.  The monetary gift can be placed into an endowment or reserve fund that is designated for a specific use like house or garden preservation, staff support or any JASGP programming; or added to our operating fund for general use.

There are other methods to give to JASGP which can provide a lifetime income to the donor or another person, generate a present income tax deduction, save on capital gains taxes, or even generate wealth replacement through life insurance. Whatever its structure, your gift is a permanent source of JASGP capital, helping us preserve Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and offer Japanese art, business, and cultural programming forever.