Mazda established the Mazda Foundation in 1984, which is a charitable organization aimed at conducting activities to promote science and technology and the sound development of youth, sharing prosperity with the people of the world, and building a society in which people can lead rich and fulfilling lives. The Foundation will mark its 30th anniversary in FY March 2015. As of March 31, 2014, it has provided grants totaling ¥1,477,800,000 (including ¥46,000,000 in FY March 2014).
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 25 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 (five times a year) for junior high school students (with a cumulative total of approximately 90 students participating), the Science Lab Workshop comprising two courses for high school students, and the annual Science Lecture mainly for junior high school students and for primary school students (with 45 students participating).
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 sound development 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.
- Start Line Project: The Start Line Project was launched in 2013 to address social problems involving youth. Through this project, Mazda cooperates with an NPO, Pipio Children's Center, which is the only organization to operate an emergency shelter for children in Hiroshima Prefecture, in providing support for the growth of abused children, the capacity building of staff member, and the improvement of publicity activities.
- 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 activities: A total of eight million yen was provided for 31 excellent activities that contribute to the sound development of youth (including four activities to help reconstruction of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake).
- 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).
- Start Line Project: A total of eight workshops to train volunteers were provided for university students in Hiroshima Prefecture (Approximately 20 students participated).
- 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 Theory I." (Approximately 30 people completed the program.)
- Lecture: At the International Conference Center Hiroshima, a lecture was held entitled "The Power of Listening." Ms. Sawako Agawa, a writer and essayist, was invited as the lecturer (with approximately 1,500 participants).