Participatory Grantmaking: Community Grants Committee

Our grants invest in the work of nonprofits that strengthen the economic security of low-income Korean Americans. Each year, we invite our community to participate in our grantmaking through the Community Grants Committee (CGC).

The CGC helps review grant applications, conduct site visits to nonprofits applying for funding, and make funding recommendations to a small board committee. As a member of the CGC, you will have an opportunity to:

  • build a stronger understanding of how KACF is advancing the economic security of our community;
  • learn about issues affecting low-income Korean Americans and how local organizations are addressing them; and
  • join a growing community of philanthropists, volunteers, and advocates who are more strategic and thoughtful in how they give back.

Community Grants Committee 2023

Dan Ahn

Alicia Cho

Cathy Choi

Grace Chung

Julie Hahm

Lawrence Han

Sophia Han

Caroline Hong

Rebecca Jaye

Deborah Jeong

Jee Young Kim

Stephanie Kim

Cheeyoung Lee

Jean Lee

Phil Lee

Aary Lee

Tritia Lee

John Lim

Jay Moon

Jae Hyung Ryu

Lily Yi

Community Grants Committee Timeline

To ensure that you have the optimal experience and are fully prepared for the Committee’s work, you must commit to attending all three meetings listed below and participate in at least one site visit as part of an assigned team. All meetings, including the site visits to applicant organizations, will be in-person.


Apply to join the 2023 Community Grants Committee

All community members are invited to apply to join the CGC. The application to apply will be available in August. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 6, 2023. You will be notified of your application status on Monday, September 11, 2023.


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (6-8pm): CGC Kick-Off Meeting

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


Tuesday, September 26, 2023 (6-8pm:) Grantmaking 101

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


October to November 2023: Site Visits

During site visits to applicant organizations, CGC members have an opportunity to learn more deeply about community issues and grassroots solutions. A site visit takes approximately three hours and will take place during organizations’ normal operating hours. Zoom or teleconferencing option not available.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023 (6-8pm): Grant Recommendation Meeting

In the final meeting, CGC members present learnings from site visits and make recommendations to the Program Committee of the Board of Directors.


For more information about the CGC, please contact our Program Associate, Young Bae, at

Korean American Community Foundation
135 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065
Phone: 332-265-0508