Who we are
The Korean American Community Foundation® (KACF) was founded in 2002 by a group of Korean American leaders in New York with a simple idea: an organization that helps fellow Koreans and gives back to the community.
The goal was to address challenges in the community by raising funds for programs serving under-resourced Korean American individuals and families, while also mobilizing community members to embrace a culture of giving.
In December of 2002, the Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and in 2003, we awarded our first grants totaling $60,000 to five nonprofit organizations. Since then, KACF has grown to become a trusted source of philanthropy within the Korean and Asian American communities.
As of 2020, KACF has given more than $8.8 million in grants to community-based organizations working to empower individuals, strengthen families and transform communities.
The Korean American Community Foundation‘s mission is to transform and empower communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and inter-community bridge building. KACF pursues these goals through grantmaking that promotes self-sufficiency for the underserved and under-resourced, through raising awareness of needs and issues, and by fostering a culture of giving.
Replicating our success
KACF is recognized as a model for ethnic-based philanthropy in immigrant communities, and over the years, Korean American leaders in cities across the country have sought out the Foundation’s expertise to replicate our success in their own communities.
In 2013, a group of Korean American professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area approached us with a desire to bring the KACF model to their city. With a clear business plan, KACF-SF demonstrated their strong leadership and capacity to be a committed partner with the Foundation. The following year, KACF officially launched our West Coast affiliate, Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (KACF-SF), to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in their local community.
KACF-SF is an important partner in our work to advance Korean American philanthropic participation, voice and influence. It raises funds and makes grants to address local issues in the Bay Area.