Starting A Chapter


At KIF, we welcome a new chapter. Our world headquarters KIF is located in Los Angeles, CA. KIF country and regional chapters are currently based in the United States, Japan and Colombia, as of 2018. Becoming our chapter is simple.

Starting A Country Chapter
Our country chapters are national members based in capitals of those nations. For examples, "KIF Japan" based in Tokyo, "KIF Colombia" based in Bogota, "KIF France" based in Paris, "KIF Australia" based in Canberra.

A national charter MUST do the followings;

  1. Have 2 or more national board members with no criminal records who reside in the capital;
  2. Have 1 or more existing regional chapter members;
  3. Pay an annual membership fee to KIF World Headquarters;
  4. Collect annual membership fees from the regional chapters of the country;
  5. Create its own national bylaws that follow KIF guidance, rule and bylaws; and
  6. Follow other international guidance, rules and bylaws of KIF World Headquarters.

Starting A Regional Chapter
Our regional chapters can be created based on "states/prefecture/province/departments", "counties" or "cities". For example, "KIF California" for a state level, "KIF Los Angeles County" for a county level or "KIF London" for a city level.

A regional charter MUST do the followings;

  1. Have 2 or more local board members with no criminal records who reside in the region;
  2. Create its own regional bylaws that follow its national bylaws and/or international guidance, rules and bylaws;
  3. Pay an annual member fee to its national chapter or KIF World HQ if there's no national chapter; and
  4. Follow other national bylaws and international guidance, rules and bylaws of KIF World Headquarters.

Chapter Application






Please select one from the options below that you are interested in starting a chapter for.

National chapter (For examples; United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa)Regional Chapters (For examples; London, Toronto, Cartagena, Sydney)

NOTICE: A check of the chapter applicant’s criminal history may be made to verify the responses to the above questions for the sole purpose of ensuring the safety of its staff, volunteers and visitors. No applicant will be denied volunteer status solely on the grounds of conviction of a crime. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances and the relevance of the offense to the position will be considered.

“I certify that all information submitted by me on this application is true and complete. I understand that if any false information, omissions, or misrepresentations are discovered, my application may be rejected and active volunteer status may be terminated at any time. In consideration of my volunteer application, I agree to adhere to the policies and regulations of The Shin Koyamada Foundation, Inc, d.b.a Koyamada International Foundation or KIF, and I agree that my volunteer status can be terminated, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time”

Under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California, I swear that the foregoing is true and correct: I am of legal age. The United States Federal or State government-issued picture identification card(s) that I have provided herewith to confirm my representation that I am of legal age was/were lawfully obtained and are/is valid, true and correct.