Asian Giving Circle

Using collective giving to build power and deepen impact in diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Chicago area since 2002.

  • $672,812

    Dollars Raised

  • $557,907

    Dollars Granted

  • 1,536

    Active Donors

  • 91

    Organizations Impacted

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A Special Request for Proposals

Asian Giving Circle (AGC) is pleased to offer a special request for proposals (RFP) through the Asian American Community Development Fund (AACDF), made possible through a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The purpose of this RFP is to solicit applications from eligible organizations that are working to address the needs and priorities of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Chicago, especially youth, older adults, women, and transgender communities.

AACDF seeks to fund innovative and collaborative projects that promote community engagement, intergenerational dialogue, allyship across other marginalized communities, social justice, and economic empowerment.

Proposals must be submitted online by August 15, 2023 through GrantCentral, The Chicago Community Trust’s grants management system.

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Grant Making in Chicago

The Asian Giving Circle (AGC) will be announcing our grant cycle for 2023 in early May. Please stay tuned for the RFP. Our cycle generally starts in May and will end with the announcement of recipients in September.

AGC funds projects dedicated to community organizing, civic engagement, and healing in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Projects seeking AGC funding do not need to be focused on all three funding areas. Rather, they can be focused on one or any combination of the areas, but must articulate how their work contributes to power-building, collective action, and/or community change. 

Every year, AGC conducts listening sessions to determine the funding priorities for the year. Since 2018, AGC’s funding priorities have been community organizing, collective healing/mental health, and civic engagement.

2022 Grant Recipients

Grant Making Committee

LeMinh Hoang, Co-ChairEric Wu, Co-Chair
Tina BhagaAudrey Peiper
Grace ChuXiang Siow
Ramona GuptaTrang Truong-Hill
Jodie LawtonPadma Venkatesan
Brandon Lee
The Grant Making Committee (typically 8-15 AGC members) serves as the primary decision-making body that finalizes the Request for Proposals (RFP), reviews grant applications, and makes final recommendations for grantee organizations and funding levels.


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