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.

Grants target Education primarily for: college level scholarships, forums and Japan research; as well as community welfare, with a focus on support of disabled individuals, at-risk children, seniors and hunger relief.

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.

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 & culture, and employee volunteerism, with special emphasis on interactions education and U.S.-Japan exchanges.

Grants Across the USA


  • Baruch College, Weissman Center for International Business, CUNY: “Weissman Center/Mitsui USA Scholars,” “Mitsui USA Lunchtime Forums;” and “Mitsui USA PIA (Practitioners in Academia) Fellows”
  • Columbia University, Center on Japanese Economy & Business (CJEB): "CJEB Lecture Series”
  • City University of New York, CUNY: EDGE Program Mitsui USA Scholars Program (full tuition)
  • International House, NY: "Mitsui USA Foundation Fund Program"
  • Japan America Society of Tennessee: "JAST / Mitsui USA Scholars”, “Japanese Speech Contest”, and Lecture Program
  • Japanese Medical Society of America, NY: "JMSA / Mitsui USA Scholars"
  • John Carroll University, East Asian Studies Program, OH: "JCU / Mitsui USA Distinguished Lecture”
  • Polytechnic School of Engineering, NYU: “NYU-Poly / Mitsui USA STEM Learning” with STEM Fellows and Lab Scholars) NYU Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Walsh University, OH: “Thea Bowman Scholars”

Community Welfare

  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, OH: “Direct Distribution Program”
  • Boston Higashi School, MA: "Continuing Adult Education" for autistic individuals”
  • Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee: “College Tour” program
  • Citymeals-on-Wheels: “Holiday Meals 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: “Youth Educational Program”
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, OH: "Neighborhood Building: Adopt-A-House"
  • Hamilton-Madison House, Lower East Side, NYC: “Seniors Hot Lunches” and “Japanese Outpatient Mental Health Clinic”
  • Houston Food Bank: “Kids Backpack Buddy Club”
  • Japanese American Association of New York (JAA): "Senior Luncheons," “Committee on Aging,” and "Apple Kids Group"
  • Japanese American Social Services Inc. (JASSI), NY: “Bilingual Hotline”
  • 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: “Kids 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," "Nutrition: No Hungry Senior," and “Caregivers Support Group”
  • “COVID-19 Community Relief Sharing Association Grants”: grants supporting frontline food banks, shelters and other non-profit organizations and funds providing a wide range of relief and support.

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 America ®, MN
  • “Mitsui USA Matching Gifts:” provides a dollar-for-dollar match of qualified donations made by employees
  • “Mitsui USA Matching Volunteers:”
  • “Dollars for Doers:” (D4D) provides a dollar match where an employee volunteered their time / talent at a qualified charitable organization
  • “Support for Corporate 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: Matching Grants Administrator 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

Attn: Sandra Kenny

200 Park Avenue, 35 Fl.

New York, NY 10166


Applications should include the following:

  • Request Letter

  • Proof of US 501c3 Status

  • Most recent US tax filling

  • Summary page or brochure explaining the proposed program/project



  • Ms. Waichi Ho (Director of Finance & Administration, Columbia Nano Initiative, Columbia University)

  • Mr. Tetsuya Koide (Mitsui USA SVP & Chief Strategy Officer)

  • Mr. William J. Milani (Vice Chair, Board of Directors / Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker Green)

  • Mr. Tomohiro Musha (Mitsui USA SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Compliance Officer)

  • Mr. Erick Mustafich (Mitsui USA General Manager Corporate Service Administration, and CSR Dept.)

  • Mr. Sayu Ueno (Mitsui USA President & Chief Executive Officer)

Director Emeritus
  • Mr. Glenn Clarke (Former Avon Foundation President)

  • President & Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Sayu Ueno (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 Filling

2021 990PF


  -- Sandra Kenny, Secretary           

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation
200 Park Avenue, 35 Fl.

New York, NY 10166