In the fall of 2008, Ayumi curated and organized Obamaware, a fundraiser involving the work of 27 nationally known ceramic artists who made Obama-themed work specifically for the event. Put together in five short weeks, the three day auction held at the end of October, just before the election, raised $10,843.54 for the Obama/Biden campaign. In 2011, just after the Great East Japan earthquake, she co-founded Handmade For Japan which to date has raised over $100,000 for disaster relief in Japan. In the spring of 2014, Ayumi co-organized a fundraiser to raise money for medical bills for fellow potter, Christa Assad, after she broke her back while escaping from a house fire.