Mazda established the Mazda Foundation charitable organization in 1984 to "conduct activities to promote science and technology and the sound development of youth, to share prosperity with the people of the world, and to build a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives." As of March 31, 2013, the Mazda Foundation has provided grants totaling ¥1,429,800,000.
To contribute to the development of culture and society by promoting well-balanced improvement in science and technology
- Support for research: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has awarded grants for basic and applied research projects in science and technology.
- Support for operations: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has awarded grants for projects related to science education, including "Scientific Experience" events held in Japan's Chugoku region by researchers, designed for students from elementary school through high school.
- "Science is Fun" projects: Since 2003, the Mazda Foundation has carried out the "Science is Fun" projects in cooperation with Hiroshima University, to prevent young people from turning away from the sciences, as part of community contribution activities making effective use of the university's intellectual resources.
- Support for research: A total of ¥28 million was provided for 24 excellent research projects that contribute to the development of science and technology.
- Support for operations: A total of ¥1.0 million was provided for 10 projects related to "Scientific Experience" events.
- "Science is Fun" projects: The Mazda Foundation held the Junior Science Seminar (six times a year) for junior high school students, the Science Lab Workshop comprising three courses for high school students, and the annual Science Lecture for junior high and high school students.
To help build a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives by providing support for the sound development of young people or assisting their self-learning
- Support for research: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has awarded grants for practical research projects aiming at stimulating citizen activism regarding the health and education of the youth.
- Support for citizen activism: Since 1985, the Mazda Foundation has provided support for activities aiming at fostering the sound development of youth and local community development implemented by non-profit organizations in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures.
- Inspiring School Michikusa: Since 1998, the Inspiring School Michikusa program has been held, to provide children with opportunities to work as a team and cooperate with each other to come up with original ideas using things familiar in their daily life as study subjects.
- University lectures: Since 1995, the Mazda Foundation has offered contributed lectures at universities in Hiroshima Prefecture.
- Lectures: Since 1984, the Mazda Foundation has organized lectures to provide opportunities to think together with local residents about the sound development of youth, inviting prominent figures as lecturers.
- Surveys and research: Surveys and research are carried out as needed, to address social problems related to young people.
- Support for research: A total of ¥4 million was provided for five excellent research projects that contribute to the sound development of youth.
- Support for citizen activism: A total of ¥8 million was provided for 32 excellent activities that contribute to the sound development of youth.
- Inspiring School Michikusa: Educational programs designed for elementary schoolchildren were implemented, under the titles, "Exciting Discovery Experience: Light and Energy," "Let's Be an Astronomer" and "Life Forms on the Beach" (attracting approximately 140 participants).
- University lectures: A program with two-day intensive lecture course and volunteer practice during the summer vacation was held in Hiroshima Jogakuin University, under the title, "Credit Transfer Lecture : Volunteer Activity Theory"
- Lectures: At the International Conference Center Hiroshima, a lecture was held entitled, "For 20-Year Old People." Mr. Takashi Tachibana, a journalist, was invited as the lecturer (with approximately 1,000 participants).
- Surveys and research: The Mazda Foundation established an executive committee to conduct surveys and research regarding support for independence of abused children. An executive committee was newly established in cooperation with an NPO, Pipio Children's Center, which is the only organization to open and manage an emergency shelter for children in Hiroshima Prefecture. The Mazda Foundation will continue such surveys and research for the next fiscal year and onward.