The mission of Sakura Foundation is to celebrate and share Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage in order to promote a more compassionate, resilient, & equitable society.
We live our mission through our programming:
- Mirai Generations Leadership Program for young adults
- Chibi no Gakkō for K-8 grade students, with mentorship opportunities for High Schoolers
- Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
- Community Grants
- Scholarships for graduating high school seniors
- Cultural events throughout the year
We honor and embrace our heritage, share it with others to create a larger community, and reawaken it for future generations.
We establish connections with people and organizations from all walks of life, which allows us to be inclusive and build bridges of respect and understanding.
We have an unwavering commitment to supporting Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple (TSDBT).
Our historical connection with TSDBT goes back to the 1970s when community members of TSDBT created Sakura Square, which is located in downtown Denver. It was an ambitious project that built Tamai Tower (a 20-story apartment complex), the retail space that is home to Pacific Mercantile, and other commercial spaces. At that time, Sakura Foundation’s name was Tri-State Buddhist Church Apartments Inc. (TSBCAI) and its mission was to operate and maintain Sakura Square. Organizational changes took place in 2014 which created Sakura Square LLC as the owner and operator of the property. TSBCAI was renamed “Sakura Foundation” and adopted the charitable mission “to sustain TSDBT and celebrate Japanese and Japanese American heritage, culture, and community.”
Sakura Foundation is a Supporting Organization to The Denver Foundation and is the sole owner of Sakura Square LLC.