Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.


Mitsui USA Foundation

Established in 1987, The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (Mitsui USA) for active, social contribution programs in communities where the Company does business.

Currently, it supports more than 50 initiatives across the U.S. in the areas of Education, Community Welfare, Arts & Culture, Employee Matching & Volunteerism.

More than 50% of its grants target Education primarily for: college level scholarships, study abroad, forums and Japan research; and about 40% targets Community Welfare, with a focus on support of Disabled Individuals, At-risk Children, Seniors and Hunger Relief.

Mission: To promote the realization of Mitsui USA’s good corporate citizenship by supporting education and programs to improve the quality of life in the local community.

Objectives: To support well-developed programs of qualified U.S. organizations with status designated by IRS code 501(c)(3), which are engaged in promoting: education, community welfare, arts & c culture, and employee volunteerism, with special emphasis on international education and U.S.-Japan exchanges.

Grants Across the USA


  • Baruch College, Weissman Center for International Business, CUNY: “Weissman Center / Mitsui USA Scholars,” funding is shared with the Center; “Weissman Center / Mitsui USA Lunchtime Forums;” and “Weissman Center / Mitsui USA PIA (Practitioners in Academia) Fellows”
  • Columbia University, Center on Japanese Economy & Business (CJEB): "CJEB / Mitsui USA Symposium" and “CJEB / Mitsui USA Japan Research Fund”
  • Columbia University, Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI): "WEAI / Mitsui USA Research Fellows” (to Japan)
  • COPE (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment), CUNY (The City University of New York): “COPE / Mitsui USA Scholars” (Full-tuition)
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business, NH: “Tuck / Mitsui USA International Research Scholarship Fund” (to Japan), funding is shared with Tuck
  • International House, NY: "I. House / Mitsui USA Scholars"
  • JAST (Japan America Society of Tennessee): "JAST / Mitsui USA Scholars" and the “Japanese Speech Contest”
  • JMSA (Japanese Medical Society of America, NY): "JMSA / Mitsui USA Scholars"
  • John Carroll University (JCU), East Asian Studies Program, OH: "JCU / Mitsui USA Distinguished Lecture," funding is shared with the University
  • Polytechnic School of Engineering, NYU: “NYU-Poly / Mitsui USA STEM Learning” at MS 88, Brooklyn (Mitsui USA STEM Fellows, Mitsui USA Lab Scholars) NYU Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Walsh University, OH: “Innovation Center”
  • The Washington Center, DC: “International Affairs Interns”

Community Welfare

  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, OH: “Direct Distribution Program””
  • American Littoral Society Northeast: preservation of the Jamaica Bay, NYC, salt-marsh ecosystem
  • Boston Higashi School, MA: "Continuing Adult Education" for Autistic individuals
  • Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee: “College Tour”
  • Citymeals-on-Wheels: “Buy-A-Block,” Washington Heights, NYC
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater Illinois Chapter: “Research & Patient Services”
  • Galveston Bay Foundation, TX: preservation of the Galveston Bay salt-marsh estuary
  • Good Shepherd Shelter of Los Angeles: “Transform”
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, OH: "Neighborhood Building: Adopt-A-House"
  • Hamilton-Madison House, Two Bridges / Chinatown area, Lower East Side, NYC: “Seniors Hot Lunches” and “Japanese Mental Health Clinic”
  • Houston Food Bank: “Backpack Buddy Club”
  • Japanese American Association of New York: "Senior Luncheons," “Committee on Aging,” and "Apple Kids Group"
  • Japanese American Social Services Inc. (JASSI), NY: “Hot Line”
  • Kimochi, San Francisco, senior services
  • Motor City Blight Busters: "Farm City Detroit Project"
  • Our Kids, Nashville, TN: “Soup Sunday” fundraiser
  • Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, Seattle: "Homeless & Low-income Nutrition Security"
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee: “Backpack Program”
  • Sharefest Community Development, Los Angeles County: “Youth Development Academy”
  • Special Olympics New York: “Healthy Athletes” and “Support an Athlete”
  • WestSide Baby, Seattle: “Diaper Bank”
  • Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service of San Jose, CA: "Transportation: Powered by," "Nutrition: No Hungry Senior," and “Caregivers Support Group”

Arts & Culture

  • Midori & Friends Foundation: “Making Music,” PS 72 East Harlem and YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, NYC

Employee-related Grants

  • “Mitsui USA Sons’ & Daughters’ Scholarships” for U.S. undergraduate-level support, administered by Scholarship Management Services ®, A Division of Scholarship America ®, MN
  • “Mitsui USA Matching Gifts:” provides a dollar-for-dollar match of qualified donations by employees
  • “Mitsui USA Matching Volunteers”
    • “Dollars for Doers:” (D4D) provides a grant where an employee volunteered his / her time / talent at a qualified charitable organization
    • “Support for Corp Volunteer Activities:” (SCVA) provides a grant where a group of employees volunteered at a Company sponsored activity for a qualified charitable organization
  • March of Dimes “March for Babies” across the USA where Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. does business
    Applicable for full-time Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. employees

For pending employee matches, contact is: Matching Grants Administrator Ms. Sandra Kenny at

Giving Restrictions

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation operates on its own initiative, with its Board of Directors and management developing grants' programs to promote international education and U.S.-Japan exchanges. The Foundation will only consider grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations. A program must preferably have support of a Mitsui office in the U.S. community.

The Foundation cannot support: individuals; religious, fraternal, athletic organizations; political, lobbying groups; endowments, building campaigns; film, television (media) productions; advertisements; galas, dinner tables / tickets (raffles), social events; non-monetary support; any / all discriminating organizations; or other causes which may not be acceptable to Mitsui; avoids general operating expense support; and is not able to accept requests by telephone or email.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation gives only for charitable purposes and does not accept benefits from its grants. Grant application proposals can be submitted to:

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation
Ms. Sandra Kenny
200 Park Avenue, 35 Fl.
New York, NY 10166

Applications should include all of the following: a) 1-2 page request letter, b) proof of U.S. 501(c)(3) status, c) most recent U.S. tax filing, and d) summary page or brochure explaining the proposed program / project



  • Ms. Waichi Ho (Director of Finance & Administration, Columbia Nano Initiative, Columbia University)
  • Mr. William J. Milani (Vice Chair, Board of Directors / Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker Green)
  • Mr. Erick Mustafich (Mitsui USA General Manager Corporate Service Administration, and CSR Dept.)
  • Mr. Tadashi Sano (Mitsui USA SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Compliance Officer) 
  • Mr. Makoto Takasugi (Mitsui USA SVP & Chief Administrative Officer)
  • Mr. Katsurao Yoshimori (Mitsui USA President & Chief Executive Officer)

Director Emeritus

  • Mr. Glenn Clarke (Former Avon Foundation President)


  • President & Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Katsurao Yoshimori (Mitsui USA President & Chief Executive Officer)
  • Vice President: Mr. Eric Campbell (Mitsui USA Public Affairs Assistant Director, Corp. Service Admin. and CSR Dept.)
  • Treasurer: Mr. Paul McGowan (Mitsui USA General Manager, Payroll & Benefits Dept.)
  • Secretary: Ms. Sandra Kenny (Mitsui USA Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Corp Service Admin. and CSR Dept.)

990PF Tax Filing


  • Ms. Sandra Kenny, Secretary
The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation
200 Park Avenue, 35 Fl.
New York, NY 10166

(as of April, 2019)