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.


CGC Process

1) Application to join the CGC

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

2) CGC Kick-off Meeting

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

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

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

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 Program Director, Brennan Gang, at


2020 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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