The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) offers a unique option of collective giving through the creation of a Giving Circle, which is a donor advised fund involving numerous donors/members. Through friends, family members, colleagues or others, a Giving Circle is a type of pooled fund where members come together to make grants. With each member contributing to the fund, the Giving Circle combines its resources for a bigger sum of charitable dollars to make more of an impact with the larger donation.
Giving Circle members organize around issues impacting the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Southern California and engage in strategic decision-making to determine which charitable organizations to support. Donors can join the Giving Circle and combine their resources with colleagues, friends, and/or other donors who share a common interest in supporting API communities. Together, the Giving Circle donors gain an in-depth understanding of the API community and can focus on ways to make an impact, make joint social investment decisions, and leverage monetary contributions with volunteerism and expertise to the non-profits supported.
APCF administers the Giving Circle, which includes:
- Member agreements
- Member donations
- Grant process
- Meeting facilitation
With APCF covering these administrative tasks, Giving Circle members can focus on making grant awards that best address the members’ giving priorities. Currently, APCF hosts the following Giving Circles focused on supporting the API community:
Asian Pacific Community Giving Circle
(formerly known as APCF Board of Directors & Friends Giving Circle)
The mission of the Asian Pacific Community Giving Circle shall be to promote philanthropy amongst the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, build awareness of the needs in the API community, and fund/support programs/organizations serving the diverse needs of APIs throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. In 2008, APCF launched this flagship Giving Circle, which combined the contributions of over 30 board members and friends in order to offer a $5,000 grant award in the area of API political leadership. Since these members pooled their donations, the Giving Circle was able to make a substantial grant award to help fund the Japanese American Citizens League – PSW’s Mobilize for Policy Program.
Each year, the Giving Circle convenes to determine giving priorities of its membership and select by vote a new cycle of grantees. Individually, each of their donations would not have been able to significantly impact any given program and/or agency. Asian Pacific Community Giving Circle is a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.
2014 – 2015 Grantees:
Asian American Christian Counseling Service, Inc. (AACCS) offers support and consultation to pastors on how to counsel and manage church members with emotional and interpersonal problems. The grant upgraded software and equipment as well as implement new IT systems to secure client data and remain HIPAA compliant.
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) advances the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration, education, and more. With the giving circle grant, CAUSE enhanced its volunteer coordination through staff development training on volunteer recruitment and retention, creation of a volunteer training manual, development of an online application, and media and school outreach for volunteer recruitment.
South Asian Network (SAN) is an open forum for people of South Asian origin to gather and discuss social economic, and political issues affecting the community. SAN used the grant to develop a custom designed client data used by staff across the organization to improve efficiency in storing and tracking information, accessing data, and program evaluation.
Chinese Christian Herald Crusade (CCHC) is a Christian social service organization that serves the needs of Chinese Americans. CCHC used the grant for its “Challengers Program” for mentally disabled teens and young adults to develop their talents and social skills through dancing, crafts, singing, workshops, and outdoor activities. Parents and other caregivers also met together for respite and as a support group through this program.
Chinatown Service Center (CSC) serves immigrants, refugees, and others in need of assistance in their adjustment to life in the US. The grant funded CSC’s “Living Well and Aging Well” project in Los Angeles’ Chinatown and San Gabriel Valley in providing culturally appropriate workshops on mental health and healthy aging for seniors and their caregivers.
Korean American Family Services (KFAM) supports and strengthens Korean American families and individuals in the greater LA area through counseling, education, and other social services. The grant allowed KFAM to expand its “Korean Pro Bono Counseling Program” for at-risk Koreans without access to mental health care, particularly the uninsured, indigent, undocumented, and victims of domestic violence, by doubling the number of clients served as well as hosting quarterly mental wellness seminars to reduce stigma and connect Koreans to services and resources.
The Circle of Change Giving Circle
The Circle of Change is committed to creating positive social change in the Southern California Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The grant giving focuses on nonprofit organizations making positive, transformative social change that impacts API communities throughout Southern California. Eligible organizations will be geographically located in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.
LA API LGBTQ Dream Team
After meeting at an AAPIP Conference, the founding members of the LA API LGBTQ Giving Circle came together with a mission of creating a world where API LGBTQ individuals and families live proudly, authentically and courageously because they know they are loved, accepted and valued for being who they are. The grant giving focuses on nonprofit organizations that spread awareness and provide resources and support for API LGBTQ individuals and their families in the Greater Los Angeles area, which includes five counties: Ventura County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County. The LA API LGBTQ Dream Team is a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.
For more information about joining a Giving Circle or starting your own, contact Christine Lee at (213) 624-6400 ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.