Asian Giving Circle

Supporting the Region’s Diverse Asian Communities

The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) was created in 2002 to build support for nonprofit organizations addressing the community’s challenges. That community is incredibly diverse, composed of more than 30 ethnic groups speaking hundreds of languages and dialects. AGC has contributed more than $200,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Asian American residents of metropolitan Chicago.

Asian Giving Circle is a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.


The Asian Giving Circle, a donor advised fund of The Chicago Community Trust, brings together professionals throughout Chicago to leverage impact on issues of common concern within Asian American communities. Members commit to donating a minimum of $250 a year for at least two years. AGC members make site visits, interview staff and evaluate grant requests. This hands-on approach allows them to learn the most effective ways to give.

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For 2016, the Asian Giving Circle will support capacity-building projects for Asian-American organizations in the metropolitan Chicago area with budgets under $500,000.

Capacity-building projects may include: Training in areas such as board development or fundraising; strategic planning; volunteer training and management; and purchasing, upgrading or training for technology.


  • Must be a qualified 501(c)(3), as defined by the Internal Revenue Service Code, or a governmental agency that serves the residents of metropolitan Chicago, or
  • Must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant
  • Must serve residents in the Chicago metropolitan area, including Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry and/or Will Counties, Illinois
  • Must serve a predominately Asian-American population (includes Southeast, South and Central Asia)
  • Must have an annual organizational budget of $500,000 or less.
  • The following programs will not be considered for support:
    Scholarships or fellowships
    Private or public educational institutions
    Religious activities
    Political parties or political action committees
    Capital campaigns or endowments
    Government or municipal agencies

Grant Amounts

  • Previous grants have ranged from $2,000 to $8,000. However, if the proposal shows strong impact potential and/or engages strategic community partnerships to address this issue, larger grants may be considered
  • Grants are awarded for one year

The application process for 2016 closed in January. Application instructions for the next grant cycle will be posted in fall 2016.

Contact Us

Janice Atkins Washington, Coordinator of Donor Services