QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
A list of general questions about the Shinjinbukan Foundation and its programs.
1) Is the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō a separate entity from the Shijinbukan Foundation?
No at all. Our Dōjō is the location, the training room or hall where we teach the Shinjinbukan Karate.
2) What is the Shinjinbukan New York Dōjō or Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō?
The term Dōjō refers to the training room or location used in Martial Arts. The term Shibu Dōjō means Branch School or Branch Dōjō. Therefore, the proper name of our Dōjō is Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō, because we are an official branch of the Shinjinbukan School in Okinawa, Japan. However, sometimes we use the term Shinjinbukan New York Dōjō as a shorter name.
3) How is the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō not a for-profit Dōjō?
A non-profit organization is allowed to charge some fees-for-service to the public, which could represent a small percentage of its income. In our case, we charge a small Dōjō fee upon registration. Based on our mission statement and our philosophy of service, we provide financial aid TO ALL STUDENTS who are unable to pay the Dōjō fee. In fact, the total amount of fees-for-service collected DO NOT COVER the monthly expense of renting our facility. Most of our students receive a scholarship that covers 20% to 90% of the Dōjō fee.
Even those who pay 100% of the Dōjō fees are only paying an average of $20 per lesson/hour, which is already below the cost of any for-profit after school program, private lessons, or any other type of turtoring service in the New York City Metropolitan Area. Currently, we rent a room from a Dance Studio, month-to month on an hourly basis. In New York City, the average cost of renting a medium size studio for any type of lessons is between $80 to $100 per hour.
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 our non-profit organization. Since 1996, Mr. Mora has voluntereed in several community programs teaching Karate without receiving any pay.
Currently, Mr. Mora is devoted to teaching exclusively through our community programs. In the year 2007, the Shinjinbukan Foundation provided 455 teaching hours at the Shinjinbukan New York Shibu Dōjō. As the main donor of the Shinjinbukan Foundation, Mr. Mora has cover all the annual loss incurred by our non-profit organization.
5) Who is elegible to apply for the Shōrin Ryū New York Scholarships?
Shōrin Ryū New York is a Community Program provides scholarships awards at the Shinjinbukan New York Dōjō to students of all ages. All candidates are required to complete an application and contract to receive an scholarship award. The final determination is based on the financial needs of the students and their families.
6) What are the criteria for awarding the Shōrin Ryū New York Scholarships?
An specific formula is used to calculate the awards, and points are awarded based on the answers given on the application form. The maximum possible score is 12 points from three categories: General Demographic, Total Combined Yearly Income and Total Family Members. Then, scholarships are awards as follows:
Finally, the scholarship awards are applied towards the cost of the Dōjō fees for ONE semerster.
7) Are there any terms and conditions for receiving the Shōrin Ryū New York scholarship awards?
Yes, there are general terms & conditions that apply to all students and/or their parents, in case of minors, who attend classes at the Shinjinbukan New York Dōjō. And there other specific conditions which must be agreed by all scholarship recipients. Among them:
─ To maintain 80% Dōjō attendance for the period of the scholarship award, except for reasons of illness or other family emergency.
─ To maintain a 3.2/ 80% G.P.A. (Grade Point Average) of at school for the period of the scholarship award, except for reasons of serious illness or other family emergency.
─ To perform a community project through a constructive activity in any of the following locations: home, community center, church or school. MORE INFORMATION
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 correspondance, 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 from several rehearsal rooms in Midtown Manhattan.
9) What is the purpose of the Shinjinbukan Foundation beyond operating a non-profit Dōjō?
As indicated in Our Vision Statements, we want to preserve and promote the Ryūkyū martial arts culture. In other words, we want to preserve the Ryūkyū (Okinawan) 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.
Currently, our programs are limited by our financial resources, but Our vision is not. And our work is to preserve the Shinjinbukan's living traditions, which were 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 through the practice of the Shinjinbukan Martial Art, also known as Shōrin Ryū Karate and Ti. MORE INFORMATION
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. Therefore, we are exempt from paying Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, and it is also exempt from paying sales taxes in the State of New York.
All 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are given an advanced ruling period, at the end of which they are further classified as public charities or private foundations. The Shinjinbukan Foundation will be treated as a public charity during the advanced ruling period ending December 31, 2011. However, based on the percentage of public support as of 2008, we expect to be classified as a private foundation by the end of the advanced ruling period.
All charitable contributions received by the Shinjinbukan Foundation are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, we are 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?
Our Vision is based on operarting a Dōjō without the typical limitations of a for-profit martial arts business. Therefore, our mission is focused on our teaching activities in New York through our Dōjō, community programs and other web-based tools.
Indeed, one of our Missions includes collaborating with the Shinjinbukan community in other locations: Shinjinbukan Honbu Dōjō (Headquarters) in Okinawa; Kokusai Shinjinbukan (The Shinjinbukan International Association), or any other Shinjinbukan member. However, the Shinjinbukan Foundation in New York is not responsible for the activities or the decisions made by any member of the Shinjinbukan community worlwide.
The Shinjinbukan New York Branch provides testing to selected student for all junior ranks below Black Belt. In addition, all students at the Shinjinbukan New York Branch are required to register as members of the Shinjinbukan International Association once per year.
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 for 2006 & 2007.
Our initial 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.
The Shinjinbukan Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of New York.