Under Her Holiness Shinso's leadership, Shinnyo-en has established or supported a number of foundations and organizations that promote education, health, the arts, economic empowerment for the underprivileged, environmental awareness, and interfaith dialogue. Here are some examples of Shinnyo-en's activity in this area:
The Ito Foundation for International Education Exchange
Established in 1991 with the aim of nurturing young people from different backgrounds to contribute to society and the world. The foundation has awarded scholarships to around 250 Japanese graduate students studying abroad, providing them with opportunities to promote mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The foundation also provides scholarships to foreign exchange students in masters programs at Japanese universities.
Established in 1995 to support educational programs with the aim of nurturing and inspiring young people in meaningful acts of service. The range of support covers various preschool to high school activities encouraging youth volunteerism. The foundation also supports training and research programs for teachers and students aspiring to become teachers.
The Univers Foundation
Established in 1990 to promote the welfare of senior citizens worldwide. The foundation aims to maintain prosperity and vitality in the aging society by contributing to international surveys and research regarding senior citizen welfare; supporting international exchange of researchers in this field; and encouraging programs to nurture young volunteers.
Established in 1998 to assist the world's poorest people by supporting programs that improve health in developing countries, with a focus on infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, malnutrition, maternal and neonatal health, and health care infrastructure. To date the foundation has supported 40 projects in 23 countries.
Nā Lei Aloha Foundation
Established in 2004, Nā Lei Aloha (Hawaiian for "many lei of embracement") is a convener of individuals and organizations working to benefit others. Through grantmaking and hosting events such as the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, the Foundation aims to provide opportunities for people to build caring, harmonious relationships that strengthen Hawaiʻi's diverse community.