Over $40,000 donated
since KotoriCon started in 2010!
This event is run by students at Rowan College at Gloucester County in the Japanese Anime Guild+ not only for fun, but to raise money for various local and worldwide charities.
What money goes to charity?
Every year we run a Charity Auction. All items in the auction are donated. Please include the charity auction on your plans for the day. You can find amazing items found nowhere else. In 2018 our charity Auction brought in over $1,400 for charity.
Artists and Dealers
All the fees paid by artists and dealers are sent to charity. In addition, these generous artists and dealers donate items to the Charity Auction! In 2018 these fees generated over $4,000 for charity.
We give free space to Rowan College at Gloucester County student clubs including the Japanese Anime Guild+ and the Science Club. Proceeds from their sales are donated to charities.
Proceeds from Tickets
Once the dust settles and the bills are paid, proceeds are sent to a variety of charitable organizations selected by the students. Many of our Guests waive their appearance fees, and some cover all their own expenses to allow for more money left to go to the charities.
Some people donate extra when they purchase their tickets, go to our tea room, or just when they stop by the Japanese Anime Guild table.
The students organize additional charity fundrasing events throughout the year as well as donate their time to projects that help groups in the area.
KotoriCon: 2019 Charities
Kotoricon Scholarship Endowment
This endowment supports students who have dedicated their time and skills to community service and embrace the spirit of volunteerism. It is open to Rowan College at Gloucester County students. The Japanese Anime Guild is building this endowment so the scholarship will be perpetual. It is administered by the Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester County and recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee of the College Assembly.
Liberty in North Korea is a non-profit organization that works to empower the people of Northern Korea. LINK is responsible for rescuing, habilitating and acclimating refugees for a life outside of North Korea. Through our donations, we rescued a mother and her son escaping from North Korea in 2016.
LINK Volunteers travel around the United States sharing their message of hope, educating others on the plight of the North Korean people, and encouraging activism at home. To learn more visit their website here.
Seabrook Buddhist Temple
Approximately 500 families of Japanese ancestry who lived and worked at Seabrook Farm started the Seabrook Buddhist Temple in 1945. By 1965 the Seabrook Buddhist Sangha (congregation) received independent temple status and the 20th anniversary of its founding was observed. 1968 saw the groundbreaking for the current temple situated on 7 acres of land less than one block from Route 77. In 1983 the temple was incorporated as a non-profit facility. In 1986 a home for the resident Sensei was constructed and in 1988 a meditation garden was added. For 70 years the hard working and dedicated Sangha have developed a welcoming atmosphere for people to gather to hear the Buddha-Dharma (the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha). To learn more you will find their website here.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. The CF Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance program. To learn more, visit their website here.
Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world.
Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.
Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $407 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. To learn more, visit their website here
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. The medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse places volunteer physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. They also staff a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical mission facilities. To learn more, visit their website here.