About Us

Unleash Potential is a non-profit organization (certification #(2)001-05-00998) continuing the 60+ year public service legacy of the Foreign Community Supporting Committee (FCSC) in supporting Challenged Children in Japan. The FCSC was established in 1958 as a volunteer organization, formed in partnership with the National Council of YMCAs of Japan, by business leaders and ambassadors who lived in and loved Japan. Through charity events, donations from companies and individuals, and education of the general public, Unleash Potential aims to foster the holistic growth of these underserved Japanese children and help them unleash their potential.

Our Vision

Help create a socially inclusive world where Challenged Children can reach their full potential.

Our Values

Integrity • Diversity & Inclusion • Optimism • Fun

Our Mission

Support Japan’s Challenged Children in realizing their potential through creating an extensive network by:

1. Building Communities: Bringing together like-minded individuals and organizations through events and activities

2. Fundraising: Generating corporate and individual donations for the most effective Challenged Children’s programs in Japan

3. Enhancing Education: Providing relevant and effective information to key decision-makers as well as the general public

Our History

1 Dec 1958

The Foreign Community Support Committee (FCSC) was established as part of the National Council of YMCAs of Japan through the efforts of the New Zealand Embassy.
The FCSC was founded in 1958 to raise moral and financial support for the YMCA from foreigners living in Japan and to strengthen relationships between foreigners and Japanese

1 Dec 1958

Mr. Douglas Kenrick is the first FCSC Chairman

1 Apr 1959

FCSC kicks off the General Letter Campaign to raise funds for the National Council of YMCAs of Japan Community programs throughout Japan

1 Jan 1987

The FCSC establishes its primary focus on Challenged Children

14 May 1987

First Charity Run, sponsored by the National Council of YMCAs of Japan and FCSC, was established by Mr. Charles K. Wilson and raises ¥3 million.

17 Jan 1995

FCSC Members volunteered and raised money for Great Hanshin earthquake

31 Dec 2005

The FCSC establishes over a dozen Charity Runs via the National Council of YMCAs of Japan throughout the country with over 6,500 participants, raising more than ¥37 million annually

1 Mar 2007

Clover Education Program for Children with Learning Disabilities commences at the Saitama YMCA – Urawa Center

11 Mar 2011

FCSC Members volunteered and raised money for the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

14 Mar 2013

Australian Ambassador Miller hosts the FCSC Challenged Children Fundraising event that raises over ¥2 million

10 Dec 2016

FCSC receives over ¥1 million for Challenged Children programs from the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan following the annual ACCJ Charity Ball

1 Jan 2017

Mrs. Midori Kaneko becomes the first FCSC Chairwoman

1 Jun 2018

Mr. Roland C. F. Thompson becomes the new FCSC Chairman

15 Nov 2018

FCSC 60th Anniversary Gala “Unleash Your Potential”
FCSC exceeds 3,000 physically and mentally Challenged Children supported every year and has raised over ¥500 million. Since its establishment in 1958, the FCSC has supported over 38,000 Japanese children through annual programs and summer camps

June 2021

FCSC establishes the Non-Profit Organization “Unleash Potential”