KACF (New York)

KACF-SF is an affiliate of the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) founded in New York City in 2002 by a group of Korean American leaders. The organization evolved from a simple idea of raising funds for nonprofits on the frontlines that serve under-resourced Korean Americans in need, while promoting a culture of giving. KACF is now recognized as a model for ethnic-based philanthropy and a leader in the Asian American community.

Since distributing its first set of grants totaling $60,000 in 2003, KACF has awarded more than $5.4 million in grants to community-based organizations in the greater New York area with a focus on helping low-income families achieve success through economic opportunities. Over the years, KACF has made significant contributions to the community, investing in programs including job training and skills building, which directly contribute to economic self-sufficiency; innovating programs such as its signature bilingual Capacity Building which teaches nonprofits how to become more strategic and efficient organizations, and the Community Grants Committee that trains volunteers to be thoughtful philanthropists.

As a trusted source of philanthropy striving to help Korean and Asian American communities thrive, KACF is a model and inspiration to KACF-SF. We are the only affiliate of KACF in the U.S. and share their mission of serving under-resourced Korean Americans. They are an important partner in our work to advance Korean American philanthropic participation, voice and influence, and we have benefited greatly from their experience and partnership.

KACF was honored with a special recognition at KACF-SF’s Inaugural Gala in May 2016.  KACF Executive Director, Kyung B. Yoon, delivered an inspiring keynote address. (Video of her speech will be available here.)