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NVC Foundation President's Column

by David Fukuhara
September 2020, Volume 70, Issue 8

In our usually pristine Pacific Northwest environment, summer is winding down with wildfires and poor air quality, while the nation is still struggling with the COVID pandemic.

All of these events are focusing our attention a little closer to home.  For the NVC and NVC Foundation, home is the International District which has experienced several challenges in recent years.  Rising property values have brought increasing development, as well as more public safety issues.

A group of local Chinatown International District (CID) community leaders have come together to assure that all stakeholders are represented, as change is engulfing our neighborhood.  The NVC Foundation will work with this group to provide our input into this process.

The Foundation is also focusing on our internal systems.  We are back on track working with Communities Rise, a local non-profit organization.  Based on a friendly suggestion by the Attorney General’s office, Communities Rise has arranged for a lawyer to help us, on a pro bono basis, better organize and update our governance and financial systems.

In addition, Board members Bev Kashino and Craig Yamane have been working on updating our Foundation By-Laws.  They are also developing processes and procedures to help our organization run in a more smooth, transparent manner.  While not exciting work, these activities will provide critical guidance for us into the future.

Speaking of the future, the Foundation has been engaged in active discussions with the NVC regarding the consolidation of our two organizations, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we signed last month.  Combining our resources will result in a single unified organization that will be stronger, more secure, more efficient, and able to accomplish much more than operating separately. 

As I mentioned last month, we will hold the first VIRTUAL membership meeting of the Foundation on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 pm.  If you are a member, we will be sending you the ZOOM meeting log in information via email next week.  Thanks to Dale Watanabe and Dean Hoshizaki for technically facilitating this membership meeting.

Next month, I will talk more about our Committees and the exciting things they are working on.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.