Global Volunteer Month
Since 2006, we have designated the month of June as “Global Volunteer Month” during which a variety of community service events are held around the world. With a goal for every employee to dedicate at least one hour of volunteering time, this effort has been achieving record-high results every year.
The Firm’s annual charity appeal, one of the largest fundraising campaigns organized in Tokyo, started in 2003. With employees’ donations and the Firm’s matching gift, Morgan Stanley continues to support charity organizations in the community for a range of worthy causes.
Little Olive Child Foundation
As one of the core charity partners of Morgan Stanly in Japan, Tokyo employees have been supporting Little Olive Child Foundation, which serves the neediest of children living with hardships including incurable diseases, physical handicaps or the after-effects of natural disasters. Since 2011, employees have been supporting their activities in disaster-hit regions in Tohoku and Kumamoto with fundraising and volunteering. Most recently, volunteers have helped build safe indoor playrooms and café facilities for children in the affected areas.
Mirai no Mori
The Tokyo office also supports Mirai no Mori as one of its core charity partners. It is a nonprofit organization that creates memorable outdoor and leadership programs for abused, neglected and orphaned children in Japan, supporting their growth into happy and successful young adults. Since 2018, our employees have been collaborating with the NPO through outdoor activities such as a hiking trip and touch rugby games as well as office visits and mentorship programs on career, providing English interactions and acting as role models for the children.
Financial Industry in Tokyo (FIT) for Charity Run
Morgan Stanley is a founding member of the FIT for Charity Run’s organizing committee, and has been an active sponsor of the event since its inception in 2005. The event is an annual charity marathon organized by institutions in the financial industry in Tokyo. Many of our employees, families and friends take part in the event as runners and volunteers to make a difference in the community. In 2018, the event raised approximately JPY58 million with participation from 105 financial companies, to support eight local charities in Japan.
Holiday Card Project
Japan employees have been supporting the project organized by NPO Wonder Art Production since 2012. Each year, nearly 100 employees and family members join hands in making original handwritten greeting cards for children who will be spending their holidays in hospitals. A total of over 1,600 heartwarming cards have been delivered to children across the country, in hopes to bring holiday cheers to children.
Morgan Stanley and its Japanese securities joint venture partner Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities have been jointly supporting a reforestation project to restore the coastal forest in Chiba, which was destroyed by the tsunami. The coastal forest is important as it protects the local community from the impact of seaside winds and flooding. Since April 2012, both companies have been participating in the reforestation volunteering organized by NPO The Life style Research Institute of Forests. A total of over 220 employees and family members have made five visits to the affected area since then, joining hands in planting pine tree seedlings in the spring and removing overgrown weeds in the summer to help grow the seedlings.
To mark the 5th anniversary of the Japanese securities joint venture, in 2015, we started a new volunteering initiative with our partner Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. The Tsumiki Project helps bring smiles to children in the Tohoku region by sending them handmade wooden blocks (tsumiki). Volunteers from both companies file wood pieces made of recycled timbers from forest thinning, to make blocks that children can play with safely. Boxes of tsumiki have been donated to 9 kindergartens in Fukushima through NPO The Life style Research Institute of Forests.
Painting Exhibition of Children with Cancer
Childhood cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children, and 500 lives are lost every year. Tokyo employees have been collaborating with Children’s Cancer Association of Japan (CCAJ) since 2016 for a number of projects including their “Children’s Painting Exhibition” and symposiums. In addition, employees have been supporting CCAJ’s “Gold Ribbon” project by packaging ribbons to help raise awareness about childhood cancer.
“Collabo School” Tohoku Support
The Tokyo office supports NPO Katariba, an organization focused on “giving power to children and students so that they can thrive.” Since 2017, volunteers have made trips to the Tohoku region to help Katariba’s afterschool program "Collabo School" in the tsunami affected communities, providing on-site English conversation classes for junior high school students. Employees have also been supporting the NPO's nutrition and education programs for children of low-income families in Tokyo, and teaching basic computer programming lessons as pro bono volunteers.