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 will issue the CGC application for next year in the summer of 2022.  


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 


Eunice Byun

Avery Chang

JiHO Chang

Gina Kahng

Boh Kim

Catherine Kim

Jeehae Kim



Jonathan Kim

Judy Kim

Rachel Kim

Sanghyun Alexander Kim

Yekyu Kim

Donna Lee

Ed Lee


Esther Lee

John Hosung Lee

Julie Lee

Yi-Ching Lin

Sarah Min

Chris Mironov

Elle Pak

Chris Park



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