General questions about the Shinjinbukan Foundation and its programs.
1) Is the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō a separate entity from the Shinjinbukan Foundation?
The location of the room or hall used to train Shinjinbukan Karate is the Dōjō. However, the Shinjinbukan Foundation is the legal entity under which we operate in order to fulfill our vision and mission to preserve traditional martial arts and culture.
2) What is the difference between Shinjinbukan New York Dōjō and the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō?
The term Shibu Dōjō means Branch School or Branch Dōjō. The full name of our school is Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō, because we are an official branch of the Shinjinbukan School in Okinawa, Japan. However, sometimes we use Shinjinbukan New York Dōjō as a shorter name.
3) Why is the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō a non-profit organization?
As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the Shinjinbukan Foundation is authorized by law to charge fees-for-service to the public. However, these fees represent only a small percentage of our budget. The Shinjinbukan Foundation provides financial aid based on the needs of each students. Even students who do not receive a scholarship, pay less on an hourly basis than most after school programs, private lessons, or tutoring services in New York City.
4) Who is the instructor at your Dōjō? Does he/she gets paid for teaching?
The main instructor at the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō is Mr. Jimmy Mora, who is also the President and Founder of the Shinjinbukan Foundation. Since 1996, Mr. Mora has volunteered in several community programs teaching Karate without receiving any pay. Currently, Mr. Mora teaches exclusively through the Shinjinbukan Foundation, including our community programs. Since 2007, Mr. Mora has taught an average of 400 hours per year through the Shinjinbukan Foundation. Mr. Mora has also been the main donor and financial supporter of the Shinjinbukan Foundation.
5) Who is eligible to apply for scholarships?
The Shinjinbukan Foundation offers scholarships to students of all ages through its community program: Shōrin Ryū New York. All those interested are required to complete an application and contract to receive a scholarship. The final determination is based on the financial needs of the students and their families.
6) What is the formula for awarding scholarships?
The formula used to calculate scholarship is based on three categories: General Demographic, Total Combined Yearly Income and Total Family Members. The scholarship awards are 90%, 80%, and 50% of the cost of the Dōjō fees per each semester or session.
7) What are the terms and conditions for receiving the Shōrin Ryū New York scholarship?
In order to receive an scholarship award, all students are required to sign an agreement with the terms and conditions apply. In case of minors, a parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the agreement. The terms and conditions during the period of the scholarship include:
─ To maintain 80% Dōjō attendance except for reasons of illness or family emergency.
─ To maintain a 3.2 G.P.A. (Grade Point Average) in school.
─ To perform a community service.
8) Why is the Shinjinbukan Foundation's mailing address different that the location of the Dōjō?
The mailing address is only used to receive our legal correspondence, bank statements or any other relevant administrative mail. The Shinjinbukan Foundation does not conduct any classes, programs or any business activities at Mr. Mora's residence. All programs and services provided by the Shinjinbukan Foundation are conducted at the location we currently rent.
9) What are the long-term objectives of the Shinjinbukan Foundation beyond martial arts training?
The Shinjinbukan Foundation is to preserve and promote Ti the Ryūkyū (Okinawan) martial arts culture. In other words, we want to preserve the Ryūkyū culture as a unique element provided through the learning experience of our martial arts programs. Therefore, in order to "preserve and promote" this cultural educational experience, other events and programs are needed beyond the Karate lessons.
In order to implement Our Vision, the long-term objective of the Shinjinbukan Foundation is to operate as a cultural center offering a variety of Japanese arts, crafts, language lessons and many more cultural programs with the Shinjinbukan Dōjō at its center or core element. These services will include more web-based learning resources related to the Ryūkyū (Okinawan), Japanese culture and martial arts in general.
Our vision is to preserve the living traditions passed down to us by Onaga Yoshimitsu Sensei, the founder of Shinjinbukan in Okinawa, Japan. These teachings are both science and philosophy, developed for the pursuit of spiritual and human development karate, also known as Shōrin Ryū Karate and Ti. Our Vision is to offer training without the typical limitations of a for-profit martial arts business.
10) What is the current tax exempt status of the Shinjinbukan Foundation?
The Shinjinbukan Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of New York, exempt from paying Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, and sales taxes in the State of New York.
All charitable contributions received by the Shinjinbukan Foundation are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the Shinjinbukan Foundation is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.
11) What is the relationship between the Shinjinbukan Foundation in New York and other Shinjinbukan organizations worldwide?
The Shinjinbukan Foundation in New York City collaborates with other Shinjinbukan branches, including the Shinjinbukan Honbu Dōjō (Headquarters) in Okinawa, as well as several Shinjinbukan branches in Latin America and Europe.
12) What percentage of all charitable donations is kept by the Shinjinbukan Foundation for administrative fees?
All non-profit organizations are allowed to keep a percentage of the charitable donations received towards "administrative fees", which are used to pay salaries, benefits and other operation expenses. It is common for many non-profit organizations to keep 10%, 20% or even a higher percentage of every dollar donated towards administrative fees.
Since our incorporation, the Shinjinbukan Foundation has kept 0% percent of donations for administrative fees, because our President & Founder, Mr. Jimmy Mora, has been our main donor. For reference please see our Annual Reports.
Our goal is not to exceed 10% in administrative fees from annual donations of $100,000 or less. And based on our operational expenses and future growth, our long-term objective is to reduce our administrative fees to 5% or below.