Nonprofit Leadership Development

In 2002, the Korean American Community Foundation was established with the mission of mobilizing the Korean American community to embrace a culture of giving and to use the funds raised to support nonprofit organizations serving under-resourced Korean individuals and families. Additionally, the founders sought to build a bridge of understanding between Korean Americans and their neighboring communities.

Leadership development has been a pivotal strategy for furthering KACF’s mission and the Foundation has made significant investments to develop leaders within nonprofits, the philanthropic sector and the Korean community at large.

In 20 years of grantmaking and providing organizational and leadership development support to the Korean American community, KACF has seen first-hand and heard from nonprofit leaders of the critical need for bilingual and bicultural nonprofit professionals. These leaders aspire to serve their communities with organizations that are equipped to provide high-quality programs, with sound board and staff teams that bridge the experiences of first- and second- generation immigrants. In 2013, the Foundation launched the Capacity Building Fellowship Program to strengthen Korean nonprofits with cultural and language responsiveness, as well as to develop a cohort of Korean American nonprofit professionals. 

This year KACF is excited to announce that alongside our flagship Capacity Building Fellowship Program, we are launching a new program, generously sponsored by the Chi Family Fund to invest in the leadership development of our young Korean American leaders.

KACF Capacity Building Fellowship Programs

Chi Family Fellowship
(For undergraduates or recent graduates)

The Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Chi Family Fellowship and invites applications to be a Chi Fellow.  The Fellowship is a one-year paid position with competitive benefits. The individual will be working with the Director of Capacity Building to learn about community issues, build skills to engage and contribute to a nonprofit, and gain the tools to become a civic/community leader.  This program is geared towards undergraduate students or recent graduates with limited work experience.

Capacity Building Fellowship
(For graduates with 2-3 years of work experience)

The Foundation is also pleased to announce the launch of the fourth cycle of the Capacity Building Fellowship Program and invites applications for a Capacity Building Fellow. The Capacity Building Fellowship Program is a one-year paid position with competitive benefits. The individual will be working with the Director of Capacity Building and be equipped with leadership skills such as strategic decision making, project management, operations management, trust building and cultural responsiveness. This program is geared towards graduates with 2-3 years of work experience.

Fellowship Program Structure

Training & Shadowing (4 months): The Fellow is trained by KACF in best practice consulting and organizational development frameworks and learns how to adapt them within a specific cultural context. Additionally, the Fellow will have the opportunity to draw on the resources of KACF’s partner, Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a leading nonprofit management consulting firm in New York. 

Externship (8 months): The Fellow will be matched to work with two of KACF’s grantee partners from our network of dedicated nonprofit organizations that are on the front lines of making a difference for Korean Americans in the New York City area. The Fellow will work on a specific project on-site at a Korean nonprofit organization in New York or New Jersey for four months, and then will move to a second nonprofit to work on a project specific to that organization for another four months. In addition to the consulting projects, the Fellow will be spending a portion of his/her time on the day-to-day needs of the organizations to get deeper hands-on experience  Through this process, s/he will be supported and guided by the KACF Director of Capacity Building, as well as a supervisor on site. 

Timeline:  The externship begins after two months of training and shadowing at KACF, with a midway training month between externship sessions.  In the final month, the Fellow will prepare final reports and close out the Program.


Under the guidance of the Director of Capacity Building, the Fellows will develop skills during the year and be expected to execute the following responsibilities: 

  • Learn how to conduct an assessment of the needs of the assigned nonprofit organization
  • Develop a project workplan and identify outcomes for the engagement with the organization
  • Provide support and guidance to organization’s staff and board on nonprofit management best practices on practice areas including but not limited to:
    • Strategic Planning
    • Board Development
    • Program Planning (Analysis & Design)
    • Talent Management
    • HR/Operations
  • Design and facilitate capacity building sessions for clients

Application Process


  • Proficiency in Korean language
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills that spans across both cultures and across 1st and 2nd generation Koreans
  • BA/BS Degree (only applicable to the Capacity Building Fellowship)
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience; knowledge of or experience in the nonprofit sector and/or consulting is preferred but not required (only applicable to the Capacity Building Fellowship)
  • Understanding of the Korean American culture and community or an interest in learning
  • Knowledge of and point of view on societal and racial inequities that frame the challenges nonprofits tackle
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to think and act both strategically and tactically in developing and implementing projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including an ability to articulate and present ideas effectively with presence 
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Compensation: Competitive salary with excellent benefits, including free coverage for health, dental and vision insurance and 20 days of paid time-off for full-time employees

To Apply: If interested, please e-mail your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the program to Brennan Gang at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

CRE is a 40-year old nonprofit consulting firm that provides the strategies and tools needed to build sustainable, high-performing organizations that improve people’s lives and drive social change. Annually CRE supports more than 400 organizations, large and small, that are working to reduce poverty and advance equity. This partnership between KACF and CRE provides the Fellows with invaluable resources and a support system that can be leveraged when working with a Korean American nonprofit that is assigned to them by the Foundation. For more information on CRE, visit

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