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 organization that may not be possible during your lifetime.

Designate JASGP as a 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.

Your gift is a permanent source of JASGP capital, helping us preserve Shofuso and offer Japanese art, business, and cultural programming forever.

For more information or to discuss your wishes, please contact Kara Petraglia, Associate Director of Development and Data Analytics at 267 237 3550 or

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 JASGP, 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.

Similar text can be used to direct your gift to the preservation of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, or for the maintenance and repair of Shofuso’s hinoki bark roof.

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.

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