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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More than ever, the Asian Giving Circle is committed to supporting community-led social change. We believe that lasting change is achieved by strengthening and empowering those who are most impacted. For the 2017 grant year, AGC seeks to support efforts focused on community organizing and public policy advocacy, with a preference for projects that encourage civic engagement among Asian Americans.

The following are examples of projects that strongly fit this year’s giving focus:

  • voter registration, education, mobilization
  • leadership development
  • building political power in a community
  • issue or value-based advocacy
  • “Know Your Rights” trainings
  • direct action organizing
  • coalition-building
  • digital organizing
  • storytelling and narrative changing
  • art for social justice

For the 2017 grant cycle, applications were accepted in early summer. Grants will be announced and awarded between September and October.

For grant recipients: AGC Final Report Form

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