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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The Asian Giving Circle is now accepting applications for the 2018 grant cycle to support efforts focused on community organizing and public policy advocacy, with a preference for projects that encourage civic engagement among Asian Americans. Metropolitan Chicago-area organizations that serve Asian Americans are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to programs/initiatives with budgets smaller than $150,000.

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

Complete details and eligibility requirements are available in the 2018 AGC Request for Proposals.

Applications must be submitted no later than June 18, 2018 through GrantCentral, the Trust’s online application system.


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