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KACF’s Inaugural Giving Summit will explore and celebrate giving in its myriad forms, including volunteerism, philanthropy and social enterprise. It will bring together Korean American community trailblazers, experts and supporters, innovators in philanthropy and social impact and others seeking ways to make a difference, especially in the lives of the most vulnerable among us. No matter our resources or skills, each of us can contribute meaningfully to our communities and causes, and this one-day conference will examine how we can become more impactful individual givers and how to harness our collective power to create meaningful change.

The Summit will culminate in a celebration of KACF’s 15th Anniversary, honoring Unsung Heroes in the Korean American community. Please join us for a special day that we hope will be illuminating, inspiring and energizing for us all.

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If you cannot attend but would like to make a contribution, please click HERE.

*Scholarships are available for students. If you are a student and would like to attend, but cannot afford the General Registration fee, please contact Kristen Caserta at 

*Early Bird ends Friday, May 19th at 12PM.

*Registration ends Friday, June 16th at 12PM 

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10:00-11:00 SUMMIT CHECK-IN


11:00-11:15  SUMMIT OPENING Building a Culture of Giving


11:15-12:00  PLENARY Why We Give: Insights from Leading Philanthropists
An intimate conversation with a power couple of New York City philanthropy and the Korean American community. How did they become givers? What inspires them to give?

  • Speakers: So-Chung Shinn, Co-Host, The Portfolio TV;  Young Associates Director, Metropolitan Opera Board; U.S. Board Chair, Sejong Soloists; Tony W. Lee, Managing Partner, One Rock Capital Partners; Past Board Chair, KACF


12:15-1:45 LUNCHEON
Philanthropy Power Players: Meet the Korean Americans Shaping the Country’s Premier Foundations – Executives from some of America’s leading philanthropic organizations will share how they found their paths to careers in giving, as well as their lessons in how grantmakers, including individual ones, can  best set giving priorities. They will also explore why Asian American communities are relatively invisible to institutional funders and what it would take to get those priorities changed.

  • Moderator: Mae Hong, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors & Board Chair, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
  • Speakers:  Courtney Harvey, Executive Director, Women Moving Millions; John Kim, VP & Chief of Staff, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation





A: Response Time: Advocacy for the Community in a Period of Uncertainty- Experts and advocates immersed in such critical issues as immigration, healthcare and elder care will discuss the current needs of the community and how new and proposed legislation could impact Korean Americans. How can we advocate for the best possible outcomes for our community?

  • Speakers: Steven Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition; Jessica Lee, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Council of Korean Americans; Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation

B: Social Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation of Givers – Our community’s history of entrepreneurship and small-business ownership is well established. What happens when you layer in the drive to make positive social change? Social-enterprise leaders will share what motivates them, as well as what they’ve learned from both their successes and their failures.

  • Moderator: Isabel Guerrero, Co-Founder, Imago Global Grassroots
  • Speakers: Andy Moon, Co-Founder and CEO, SunFarmer; Vincent Jeong, Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company; Raymond John, Co-Founder and CEO, 12+


4:15-6:00 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR: Service Opportunities



A: Impact Volunteering: How to Make a Difference – What do community organizations truly need from their volunteers? How do you find fulfilling volunteer opportunities? Organizations, volunteers and experts trade advice on how to create a great volunteer experience all-around. (Takes place with the Volunteer Fair.)

  • Speakers: Myung J. Lee, Executive Director, Cities of Service; Linda Lee, Executive Director, Korean Community Services

B: Grantmaking Essentials: Lessons for Giving from KACF’s Grant Process – With so much need in the community, how do foundations like KACF make hard decisions about funding? An interactive, behind-the-scenes look, in which you take the role of the grant-maker.

  • Facilitator: Brennan Gang, Deputy Director and Director of Programs, KACF

C: Board Service: Exploring the Responsibilities and Rewards – What does it mean to be a board member of a non-profit organization? How does it differ from being a volunteer? Current members of boards will take us through the process and commitments that lead to meaningful board service and why they chose to take on these important roles.

  • Moderator: Jane Hyun, Leadership Strategist and Author, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and Board Member, Operation Exodus Inner City
  • Speakers: In Seon Hwang, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus, and Board Vice Chair, Hope for New York; Jeannie Diefenderfer, Experienced Senior Telecommunications Executive, Board Vice Chair, Tufts University, and former Board Vice Chair, Ms. Foundation for Women

D: Charitable Giving Tools: How to Maximize Your Contribution Dollars – How can a donor of any resource level operate like a seasoned philanthropist? Philanthropy advisors will discuss how to assess your own budget and utilize tools such as donor-advised funds, planned giving and asset transfers to maximize the impact of your giving.

  • Speakers: Julie Min Chayet, Managing Director and Market Trust Executive, U.S. Trust; Sandra Schubert, Vice-President, Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs & Co.


6:00-8:00  CLOSING REFLECTIONS & 15th-ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Unsung Heroes Awards  Cheers to KACF’s 15 years! After a day of reflection and learning, we will raise a toast with friends old and new to KACF and to our first Unsung Heroes. Nominated by our grantee partners, the individuals whom we spotlight have overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and are giving back themselves, exemplify the spirit of generosity that we celebrate.


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Summit Co-Chairs

Michael Chung
Jeannie Park

Host Committee (in formation)

April Bang
James Chae
Daniel Chang
James Cho
Sang Cho
Theresa Choh-Lee and H.J. Lee
Aiyoung Choi
Michelle Choi
Gina Chon
Eun Sun Chun
Jeana Chung
Sarah Chung
Sandor Hau
Laura and Mun Hong
Jane and In Seon Hwang
Mike Joo
Christine Kang
Jen Kim
Joyce Kim
Nayun and Simon Kim
Peter Kim
Sara and Daniel Kim
Sharon Grace Kim
Sunhee Kim and Rich Park
Tina King
Hajin Lee and Michael Chung
Hayan and David Lee
Hali Lee
Lisa Lee and Jun Choi
Michelle Lee
Myung J. Lee
Patricia Lee
Hee-Jung Moon
J. Robin Moon
Karen Na
Brigette and Suok Noh
Grace Niwa
Cathy Oh
Chul Pak
Jeannie Park
Jennifer Park
Sarah Park
Soo Rhee Brown
James Seo
Jun Whang
Sue and Sonny Whang
James Wohn
S. Steven Yang
Bona Yoo and Sangwook Lee
Regina Yoon

Planning Committee

Eun Sun Chun
Jane Hwang
Joyce Kim
Peter Kim
Sara Kim
Chul Pak
Jennifer Park
Rich Park
James Seo
S. Steven Yang
Regina Yoon

Community Partners (in formation)

Also-Known-As, Inc
Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC
Community Resource Exchange
Council of Korean Americans (CKA)
Korean American Family Service Center
Korea Finance Society (KFS)
Restore NYC


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