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April 2017


GFBNEC Receives One of KEIRO's Inaugural Grants

Keiro$900,000 Awarded to Advance Programs Serving Japanese American and Japanese Older Adults throughout Southern California

KEIRO® announced the recipients of its 2016 inaugural Grants Program cycle, with a total of $916,668 going to 44 local organizations providing sustainable programs representing a range of options that help Japanese American and Japanese older adults age well and age in place. GFBNEC was one of these 44 local organizations, receiving $15,000 to help fund our transportation of veterans to GFBNEC events and other events in 2017. Recognizing the impact that local organizations can have in enhancing the quality of senior life in our community, KEIRO created the Grants Program to provide enhanced services and resources, and to foster innovation in the area of senior care and quality of life.

KEIRO's Grants Program invests in qualified non-profit organizations and groups through a competitive, community-based review process. In its inaugural cycle, the program funded projects ranging from program support, capital improvements, core operations, and capacity building. These projects received funding based on their alignment with KEIRO's strategies and goals; ability to address a pressing need or opportunity to serve older adults and caregivers; impact on the most vulnerable older adults in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties; and cultural sensitivity unique to Japanese Americans and Japanese.

"KEIRO is proud to partner with these diverse community organizations, supporting their commitment to serve Japanese American and Japanese older adults along with their caregivers," said Leona Hiraoka, KEIRO president and CEO. "We look forward to seeing the growth of these promising programs over the year to come, and welcome the impact that will have on their individual communities."

The grant proposals were reviewed and evaluated by an independent community-based Grants Review Committee. The 13-member committee assessed each proposal, conducted site visits, deliberated on each project, and presented a final docket of recommended grants to the KEIRO Board of Directors.

Noting the tremendous work of the Grants Review Committee, Gary Kawaguchi, chairman of KEIRO's Board of Directors said, "We want to sincerely thank the committee members for their months of detailed effort to make this inaugural cycle a success. These community leaders each brought a unique perspective to the review process which helped shape and strengthen the program."

In the upcoming months, KEIRO will open its 2017 Grants Program cycle to award support to qualified non-profit organizations that primarily serve Japanese American and Japanese older adults and caregivers in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. Information will be available at

KEIRO® is expanding its reach to broadly engage and support thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange counties. KEIRO provides services to older adults and caregivers, along with programs for residents of KEIRO's former facilities. For more information, go to and follow @keiroliving.

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