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Coming Together to Celebrate 2018 CBGC Grantees

May 4, 2019

A perspective from Rumsha Ahmed, AAPIP-DC Member

There’s nothing I love more than celebrating wonderful occasions and opportunities and I got to do just that with some of my favorite people at the 2018 Cherry Blossom Giving Circle Grantee Celebration at the flipside, a new Filipino fast fusion restaurant in DC.

Eric Paler, CBGC member, emceed the event and gave a brief history. Founded in 2009 to promote giving from AAPIs to local non-profits, CBGC has since donated over $90k to 26 organizations who assist underserved communities. For the 2018 grant cycle CGBC received 27 valid applications, the largest number ever received. AAPIP sponsored the event and Hanh Le, CBGC and AAPIP-DC member, kicked off the afternoon by sharing AAPIP’s mission. She also announced several upcoming events: AALEAD APAHM Breakfast on May 3, AAPIP-DC Racial Equity program on May 7, and the AAPIP National Convening on May 21.

Representatives from each of the grant recipients thanked CBGC for their donation and shared stories of their missions, accomplishments, and events on the horizon: Sam Mukherjee for Asian-American Inter Community Service (AICS), Cyndy Han for Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington (FCCGW), Tho Tran for Vietnamese American Services (VAS), Lauren Pires for Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (A/PI DVRP), Soyun Park for Micro Business Network, and Alya Ali for KhushDC. It was inspiring to hear about all the great work these organizations are doing and see the diversity of causes represented, from promoting well-being to developing relationships between AAPI and Black/African American communities within the context of gentrification.

This event was also a reminder for me on how close knit our community is. I ran into friends I have volunteered with in other AAPI spaces that I did not know were on the boards of the grantee organizations and said hello to folks I work with in the philanthropic sector. It was a much needed, warm space to be in.

We spent the time not just celebrating the grantees, but also reflecting on where the AAPI community has been. Song Hutchins, CBGC member and former grant recipient for Asian-American Homeownership Counseling, noted that Cyndy Han (FCCGW) was instrumental in helping establish an Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which was previously only a week. Han volunteered with other AAPIs on George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign and after he won President Bush asked what they wanted. Their response: a heritage month. The bill was signed in 1990 and since 1992, the month of May has been Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

This year marks the Giving Circle’s 10-year anniversary and their goal is to reach a total $100k of giving. Information regarding the 10-year anniversary and 2019 grant cycle will be available later this year. In the meantime, I’ll be rejoicing in how far our community has come and where we need to be.


2018 Grantee Celebration

April 24, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our 2018 Grantee Celebration on Tue, Apr 23 at The Flipside, a new Filipino restaurant on M St in NW DC. We learned more about the great work our grantees are doing for DC metro area communities, made some new connections, and ate some delicious Filipino food.

Look for future posts regarding our 2019 grant cycle which will commemorate our 10 year anniversary!IMG_20190423_172523

Congratulations to our 2018 Grantees!

February 28, 2019

After receiving a record number of applications, we are happy to announce our grant recipients:

  • Asian Indians for Community Service – Promotes the well-being of the Asian American community through advocacy, education/training, and service to eliminate disparities and promote equity in health care in the greater Washington DC region.
  • Micro Business Network – Strengthens the membership’s commitment to a strong progressive political analysis with a focus on developing relationships between the Korean, Chinese, and Asian immigrant store owner community and the surrounding African American communities within the context of rapid-fire gentrification.
  • Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project – Mitigates the multiple cultural and linguistic barriers facing many A/PI residents who are silently grappling with issues of sexual and intimate partner violence.
  • KhushDC –  Supports a social and educational group for South Asian LGBTQ people in the DMV area for people to find one another and build relationships.
  • Vietnamese American Services – Serves Vietnamese Americans by addressing existing and emerging needs of this underserved population in the Washington Metropolitan Area: Promoting access to healthcare, Improving quality of life for seniors and people at risk, Offering English classes and workforce development, and Hosting cultural events.
  • Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington – Provides professional counseling for Korean-Asian families with Mental Health issues, mentoring for youth in academic achievement and leadership development, a senior outreach program with house call, and group recreational therapy/activities for seniors.

Thank You To Our Applicants and Donors

December 13, 2018

Our submission period is now closed for the year. Thank you to all that helped us spread the word about funding opportunities for organizations and to all that applied. We will be reviewing submissions over the coming weeks and will be following up with prospective grantees about their applications. In early 2019, we will commence the selection process and announce the chosen grantees and the award amounts.

We had a record number of submissions this year and are still accepting donations to grow the giving circle until the end of the year. Make a donation by 12/31/18 and your contribution will go towards our 2018 grantees!

Now Accepting Grant Applications through Nov ’18

October 3, 2018

Our grant process is now OPEN! To encourage participation and reduce barriers to applicants, we have made our grant application process very simple:

  • Our application is only one page to start. (For finalists, we do a follow up for additional information after the original application is submitted.) Grant applications may be filled out online OR on paper:


Grant Application 2018 (PDF)

  • APPLICATIONS DUE: Nov 30, 2018.
  • Follow-up/interview period for finalists is late Dec ’18/early Jan 2019.
  • Final Grantee(s) are notified in late January 2019 of their award amount.
  • Award presentation/celebration is in early Feb.

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2018 Funding & Volunteer Opportunities

August 17, 2018

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle is currently recruiting new volunteers, donors, and grant recipients for our 2018 giving campaign. Join us for a happy hour on Fri, Sept 7th 2018 to meet some of our members and learn more about how our giving circle supports the AAPI community in DC.

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle Happy Hour

Friday, Sept 7, 2018


Daikaya Izakaya

705 6th St NW 2nd Floor

all are welcome to come learn about giving circle philosophy, our volunteer opportunities, how to donate, and applying for/receiving grants

Congratulations to our 2017 Grantee!

March 11, 2018

The Lao Heritage Foundation (LHF), based in Washington DC, was founded in 2004 with a mission to promote, preserve, and transmit Lao culture through the arts. They strive to make the arts and Lao culture accessible to the younger generations of Lao Americans. Although LHF serves the local DC community, their work and their reach is worldwide.