Kyung B. Yoon
Executive Director
Philanthropy Update
Dear Friend,

For the past 16 years, KACF has been steadily partnering with philanthropists and community-based organizations to address the complex barriers faced by many in the Korean American community in moving towards economic security. As we begin our grantmaking process by visiting this year's grant applicants, our conversations have reminded us of the need to amplify the voice and visibility of immigrants in this city.

The recent decision to reinstate the citizenship question into the 2020 Census presents a new challenge to the most vulnerable in our city . With 9 out of every 25 NYC residents being foreign-born, asking this question is certain to diminish Census participation among immigrants. Limited Census responses will shape an incorrect view of reality in our city, directly impacting political representation and federal funds, and thereby strain social service providers even further.

We applaud the work of local advocacy groups, which include our grantee partners, that have launched New York Counts 2020 to make sure that every New Yorker is counted in 2020, and the response within the philanthropy world. 

Each engaged voice makes a difference. In this spirit, on Saturday, May 19th, KACF will be holding our second Giving Summit to examine how our collective efforts around giving has power to create meaningful change. I hope you can join us in this critical conversation!

The Giving Summit brings together Asian American community trailblazers, experts and supporters with innovators in philanthropy and social impact seeking ways to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable among us.  Learn More
Save the Date! Join us on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street. The KACF Annual Gala  celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals and organizations in our community and raises critical funds to advance economic security.
Twenty individuals who have been accepted into and trained through our Community Grants Committee (CGC) are making site visits this month to potential grantees throughout the Korean community in the tri-state area. KACF practices a participatory grantmaking model, which has proven to be one of the best ways for volunteers to engage the community. Since 2008, over 150 volunteers have participated in the Community Grants Committee. Following comprehensive trainings, members of the CGC, which is comprised of volunteers with diverse personal and professional experiences, read grant proposals, visit applicant organizations under the guidance of the KACF Program Director, and make funding recommendations to a smaller Board committee. Through the CGC, the Foundation develops a cohort of educated and engaged community volunteers, activists and strategic philanthropists. 

Interested in CGC? The next round of CGC applications will be accepted in January 2019 .
On Monday, March 26th, Mobile JOBS Team provided a resume workshop to a group of nine Korean American women who are recent immigrants to the U.S. and have never written a resume before. The Mobile JOBS Team was invited to provide them with an overview of not only how to write a resume, but also what immigrant job seekers should expect to be different in the mainstream American society.
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
On Saturday, March 3, AALDEF Community Organizer Stephanie Park presented an anti-trafficking workshop for the Youth Empowerment Program at MinKwon Center. Students learned about the issue of trafficking nationally and in Asian American communities. They read survivor case stories and learned how to identify the elements of trafficking. Students concluded the workshop by sharing that they felt "woke" and "informed" and connected to powerful organizing work.
New York Immigration Coalition
The New York Immigration Coalition is partnering with City Council, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and the Mexican consulate to offer Key to the City , a family resource fair on June 17th. The event will have Mexican consular services, community based organizations and free immigration legal services. The event is free and open to all.
Family Touch
Family Touch's  Youth Academic and Leadership Empowerment  program has been assisting youth to enhance college readiness with SAT preparation courses and leadership seminar. The program also provides youth and parents with valuable resources to motivate them with goals and understand college admission process better with holistic approaches like a one-on-one student-teacher conference, seminars on admission and financial aid, and campus tours.