Create Your Legacy and Help Secure Japan Society's Future

Since Japan Society’s founding in 1907, many individuals have made our programming and operations possible through their bequests, both large and small.

In 1966, John D. Rockefeller 3rd made a lasting contribution to Japan Society by donating the land on which to build Japan House, its permanent headquarters. His gift ensured that the Society he had been so instrumental in leading would live on to promote understanding between Japan and the United States for years to come. In 1982, Lila Acheson Wallace left a legacy to the Society through her establishment of an endowment for arts and culture programming. Throughout the years, her gift has made possible countless performances, tours, lectures, and workshops, as well as the renovation of the Society’s auditorium named for her in 1975. Recently, Mark Goldfield, a long-standing Japan Society member and devoted student of Japanese and Japanese calligraphy, has generously included our Toyota Language Center to be a beneficiary of his IRA account.

You can create a legacy and help secure our future by naming the Society as a beneficiary of your estate, life insurance or retirement plans. To receive more information about making a legacy gift to Japan Society, please contact our Individual Giving office at (212) 715-1270 or

If you have already included Japan Society in your estate plans, thank you! Please let us know so that we may include you in our Legacy Circle, a special group of individuals with a passion for Japan and Japan Society, who are committed to helping ensure that the Society is here for generations to come.


A beloved classmate and student, Japan Society member Mark Goldfield has always been an embraced presence at Japan Society’s Toyota Language Center.

Mark and his wife Mary Hatch discovered Japan and Japan Society in the early 1990s. Their love for food and travel led to a vacation in Japan, and in preparation, Mark armed himself with a weekend Japanese language immersion course and a half-day program on how to plan a trip. Little did they know that these little tastes of Japan would lead to a life-long passion for the country, its culture and its language.

With his early retirement in 2001, Mark decided to focus on his study of Japanese, taking conversation, grammar and shodō classes. The complexity of the language keeps his mind challenged, and interaction with fellow students keeps him socially active. He especially takes great pleasure in the fun and relaxing shodō courses, finding his own artistic sensibility and creativity.  Currently a Benefactor member of Japan Society, Mark also enjoys the cultural activities that Japan Society offers. Among his favorite recent Japan Society patron events were a private “storage” tour of the Brooklyn Museum for a preview of the objects that would be shown at the Society’s Points of Departure exhibition in spring 2014, and a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan with curator John Carpenter.

A devotee of Japanese cooking, Mark occasionally invites his Japan Society classmates to tofu-making sessions at his home in Brooklyn, which houses a big collection of utilitarian ceramics, some of which are Japanese. On the side, Mary takes private lessons on koto, a traditional Japanese musical instrument.

True philanthropists, Mark and Mary support various non-profit organizations in Brooklyn, as well as larger New York City and national institutions. However, Japan Society holds a special place in Mark’s heart. He decided to include Japan Society’s Toyota Language Center as a beneficiary of his individual retirement account and savings plan. “It was so easy,” he said, “and it will make sure that Japan Society continues to be able to provide language and calligraphy classes for years to come.”

Japan Society deeply appreciates individuals like Mark who, through their generosity, foresight and commitment, have included the Society in their bequests and other planned gifts. For more information, contact the Individual Giving office at (212) 715-1270 or

Japan Society files a report annually with the New York Attorney General, as required by New York law. A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained upon request from Japan Society, Office of Individual Giving, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.

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