Letter from KACF President
Dear Friend of KACF,

As New York finally experiences the warmth of spring, we are midway through our site visits to our potential grantee partners. It is always inspiring to see the ways these organizations provide vital services to the Korean American community with expertise and dedication day in and day out, through the seasons and years. Together, a strong net of support continues to be sustained from this web of services, to serve the complex and nuanced needs that exist in our community.

As part of our work to strengthen this social net in our community, KACF's third annual Giving Summit™ is coming up in just seven weeks on Saturday, June 8th. We are thrilled to announce an exciting, inspiring lineup of speakers including author and activist Helen Zia , to leaders in the world of philanthropy including Christopher Cardona of Ford Foundation, Cathy Cha of the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund, Mae Hong of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Daniel Lee of the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Our Women's Breakfast will feature a panel with Executive Coach and Board Chair of Womankind, Karen Elizaga and CEO of TY Commercial Group, Trea Yip , moderated by Sejal Shah Gulati , VP/GM Global Commercial Services Marketing of American Express. The day promises to be filled with learning, laughter and practical application as we glean from the incredible wealth of experience and perspectives of all of our speakers. We hope you will join us on June 8th for this important convening and exploration of how our collective giving power can help create meaningful change.

As we begin the second quarter of our 17th year of serving the Korean American community, KACF is developing its strategic plan for advancing our efforts even further in the conversation on philanthropy in the years to come. Our continued goal is to partner with others to build a culture where we lift others even as we climb. We look forward to deepening and broadening our partnerships across the nation and various sectors to better serve vulnerable Korean Americans.

Wish you a wonderful spring season!
Early Bird Pricing ends May 8, 2019!

The Giving Summit™ explores and celebrates giving in its myriad forms, including volunteering, philanthropy and social enterprise. It brings together Asian American community trailblazers, experts and supporters with innovators in philanthropy and social impact and others seeking ways to make a difference, especially in the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Through a day of learning, we will examine how our collective giving power can help create meaningful change.  

The Summit will also feature a Women’s Breakfast, organized with the support of the Associate Board, which will take place in the morning, prior to the Summit Program. Please join us for this special opportunity to meet other women and learn how they live their giving values through their professional work and through partnerships with organizations and individuals.
Featured Giving Summit Speaker
Helen Zia
Author of  Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution

Helen Zia is a writer, community activist, and Fulbright Scholar. She spent 12 years researching and writing Last Boat out of Shanghai, visiting China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on numerous occasions. A longtime journalist, she is also the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People. She coauthored, with Wen Ho Lee, My Country Versus Me, which reveals what can happen to Chinese Americans who are falsely accused of being a spies for China. She was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies, receiving awards for her ground-breaking stories.

The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen’s work on the 1980s Asian American landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence is featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and she was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. In 2008 Helen was a Torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics amid great controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the US Supreme Court. Read more

The KACF Connectors Program brings together a community of engaged individuals who are committed to giving back by giving $1 a day through monthly or annual support. It is a fantastic opportunity to get plugged into the KACF community through giving opportunities and volunteer engagements, while gaining exclusive access to KACF events and more.    
"Generosity is the flower of justice."

Nathaniel Hawthorne