Participatory Grantmaking

Each year, KACF invites donors to participate in our grant-making through our Community Grants Committee (CGC). The CGC is made up of volunteers with diverse personal and professional experiences. Following comprehensive training, members of the CGC visit applicant organizations under the guidance of the KACF Program Director, and they 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. We believe it is the Foundation’s role to help those committed to philanthropy to join KACF in investing in solutions. 

Since 2008, more than 150 volunteers have participated in the opportunity to build a legacy of a stronger, more vibrant community through the KACF Community Grants Committee.

We are now taking applications for 2021 Community Grants Committee.

Deadline to apply is September 3, 2021

Note that there are limited openings on the Committee, and CGC members will be selected to reflect diversity in professional and life experiences.  Applicants will be notified of their status by September 8, 2021. 


At this time, we are planning for all meetings to be virtual. We will continue to monitor the latest CDC guidelines and assess in September the potential for any in-person meetings, with everyone’s safety in mind, if participants are vaccinated and all reasonable precautions are taken. We are committed to everyone’s safety and ensuring that all accepted CGC applicants are able to participate, whether in-person or virtual.

CGC Process

1) Application to join the CGC

All community members are invited to join the CGC. Applications are available in August, and selected applicants are notified in the September.

2) CGC Kick-off Meeting – September 22, 2021 @ 6pm

Through an interactive session, CGC members learn about challenges within the Korean American community and solutions from nonprofit organizations in the frontline.

3) Grantmaking 101 – September 29, 2021 @ 6pm

CGC members learn about KACF’s mission and grant-making strategies. They gain the tools to conduct effective and thoughtful site visits.

4) Site Visits – October – early-November

A site visit takes approximately three hours. It is an opportunity to learn more deeply about the issues and grassroots solutions.

5) Grant Recommendation Meeting – November 9, 2021 @ 6pm

CGC members present learnings from the site visit and make recommendations to the Program committee of the Board of Directors.


For more information about the CGC, please contact our VP of Programs & Operations, Brennan Gang, at


2021 CGC Members 


Jamie An

Samuel Bae

Emily Bang

Eliot Bu

Daniel Chi

Kathryn Choi

Jenny Gerstner

Andrew Jeong

Lina Jung

Doyeun Kim

Estee Kim

Hannah Kim

Joshua Kim

Lisa H. Kim

Evan Lee

Hee-Jung Moon

Chloe Pae

Chris Park

Eunice Roho

See-Won Seo

Julia Shin

Yoon Um

Hyun Yang

Sebastian Yoon

Yuna Youn



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