Q: How can I receive iLEAP’s newsletter/updates/events?

A: You can sign up in the top right corner where it says “Sign up for E-News” or click here.

Q: How do I make a donation to iLEAP?

A: You can click on the “GIVE” button at the top right of the screen or click here

Q: When did iLEAP start?

A: iLEAP ran our first program, the International Fellowship Program, in 2008.

Q: Is iLEAP a nonprofit?

A: Yes. iLEAP is a 501(c)3 organization.

Q: What does iLEAP mean?

A: Despite the common misconception, iLEAP is not an acronym nor a clone of certain Apple products. The name iLEAP represents the idea that our programs encourage our participants to engage and push big ideas forward with a big “LEAP”. While the small “i” represents the individual, it is lowercase to take the emphasis off the individual ego and focus it more on the collective good.

Q: Where does iLEAP get its funding?

A: We receive about 45% from foundations, 20% from donations from individuals, and 35% from fee-for-service/earned revenue.

Space Rental

Q: How can I rent iLEAP’s space?

A: Contact Relationship Manager, Stacey Miyahara (stacey@iLEAP.org) about renting space. For more information, check out our “Space Rental” tab by clicking here.


Q: Do you have homestay opportunities all year long?

A: Yes! Our TOMODACHI-Microsoft program for young Japanese is in February-March and August. There is a two/three week option. Our International Fellowship homestays are threee weeks in the spring, summer and fall. If you are interested in any of these options, please email homestay@iLEAP.org.

Q: How can I become a homestay?

A: Under the “Take Action” tab you will find the “Homestay Hosting” section in which you can learn more information and apply to become a homestay host (Click here to be directed to the tab)! You can also email homestay@iLEAP.org with questions.


Q: Can I give donations to the Fellows directly?

A: Not during the program. We have a policy that during the program, donations to individual Fellows are entered into a pool that includes all of the fellows.

Q: Can I have a particular Fellow’s contact information?

A: You can contact a Fellow through their iLEAP email which can be found under our “Graduates” tab (here). We don’t release personal information. 

Q: Does iLEAP offer tours to other countries to visit Fellows?

A: No, not at this time. 

Q: How does iLEAP select its International Fellows?

A: Applicants should expect that the process to be highly competitive and rigorous, with multiple rounds of evaluation. Our program is more about “fit” than any number of accolades, people supervised, or grants secured.  


Q: How can I volunteer/intern at iLEAP?

A: At iLEAP we are always looking for highly motivated and capable volunteers/interns. Email us and check out our “Work With Us” tab under “Take Action” for open positions or click here.

Q: I would like to teach or facilitate a session. How can I do that?

A: Please contact Kei at kei@iLEAP.org.

Q: Is iLEAP hiring right now?

A: Check out our “Work With Us” tab under “Take Action” for open positions or click here.