All of us at Japan Society will greatly miss the warmth and generous spirit of Claudette Karabey, our Director of Major and Planned Gifts, who passed away suddenly in May 2023.
Many of us knew Claudette from her Corporate days where she supported the remarkable growth of Japan Society’s Development team from 2008 through 2017 before leaving for a stint as Executive Director of French-American Aid for Children, a nonprofit organization in New York City aimed at supporting vulnerable French and American children.
In April 2022, Claudette rejoined the Japan Society family as Director of Major and Planned Gifts. During her short tenure, she gave structure to our prospect pool of individual supporters and developed significant and meaningful donor relationships. Our inaugural Board networking dinners were instituted under her leadership, creating a unique platform for Board members to interact in a private setting.
Claudette brought grace, kindness, and great energy to all that she did. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.