Our Mission


ICU’s main quad, known affectionately as bakayama.

The Japan ICU Foundation is an independent educational foundation based in New York City. Our mission is to work with International Christian University to nurture global citizens who contribute to the well-being of humanity. ICU is a bilingual (English/Japanese) liberal arts university situated on a verdant 150 acre campus in the western suburbs of Tokyo, Japan.

JICUF envisions a community of global citizens who actively contribute to a peaceful and sustainable future for humanity. These global citizens are critical thinkers and effective communicators, comfortable traversing cultural and national boundaries. They have a firm ethical compass and a commitment to the common good. They are inspired by ICU’s Christian heritage and the universal values of peace, justice, equality, freedom and love.

The Japan ICU Foundation is split into two entities: JICUF Endowment, Inc and Japan ICU Foundation, Inc. JICUF Endowment, Inc is a 509(a)(3) non-profit supporting organization. Here is a link to a page on the IRS website that explains 509(a)(3) organizations. The Japan ICU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Board of Trustees is the same for both entities. Separate financial accounts are kept for both entities, but our audit is consolidated.

We achieve our mission through providing scholarships and grants to ICU students and faculty, managing a variety of international educational and research programs, and assisting ICU in the construction and renovation of campus facilities. We also work with ICU to recruit international students, raise funds and support the activities of ICU alumni in North America.


The Japan ICU Foundation’s archives are housed at the Yale Divinity School Library in New Haven, CT. Click here for a link to the archive guide.

JICUF 990s

2017-18 JICUF Endowment 990
2017-18 Japan ICU Foundation 990