Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women's Foundation

About Us

The Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is a group of Asian women who work together, pooling their resources and leveraging their networks, to award large community grants that support social change and services for the North Texas Asian community. Orchid members represent a wide range of Asian cultures, ages, ethnicities and professions with the goal of increasing awareness of the local Asian population, community needs and knowledge about philanthropy.

Orchid was established in 2015 and in four years has awarded 29 grants to 18 organizations, providing education, housing, healthcare, art & culture, social services and more to the North Texas Asian community. In addition, the Orchid Giving Circle has an interest in organizations and programs that are led by Asian women.

Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is a member of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national, member-supported philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.


Less than 1% of philanthropic dollars are invested in Asian-American communities and Asian-Americans have been historically under-represented as funders and as grant recipients. Members of Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation are a part of an incredible network of Asian women of different backgrounds and professions. They are bonded by a shared interest to grow in their service and philanthropy to support the North Texas Asian community.

To learn more about joining Orchid, please email orchidgivingcircle@gmail.com.

Please review grant application details below.

Giving Circle Members

(listing as of August 31, 2020)

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Colleen Bloch
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson
Betsy Brody
Radhika Chagarlamudi
Sharon Chan
Jean Chao
Monica Chen
Jennifer Cho
Bianca Chow
Arang Cistulli
Bonnie Clinton
Kim Cummings
Sejal Desai
Seema Deshpande
Tracey Doi
Amy Doshi
Sakina Foster
Mona Gupta
HaeSung Han
Stacey Cho Hernandez
Jin-Ya Huang
Anna Hung
Karen Ideno
Wei Wei Jeang
Soyong Jensen
Lillian Jersa
Rosey Jinnah
Mona Khanna
Caroline Kim
Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum
Sylvia Leong
Loh-Sze Leung

Caren Lock
Mylinh Luong
Helen Malick
Paulette Miniter
Neena Newberry
Tina Nishidad
Pamela Okada
Meyling Ly Ortiz
Lynette Payne
Carina Reyes
Brenda Rhoades
Caroline Riskey
Maggie Rubin
Hardeep Sehgal
Gowri Sharma
Ann Sheu
Thear Suzuki
Cathy Tang
Charmaine Tang
Vicky Teherani
Rema Thyagarajan
Lisa Tran
Von Truong
Priya Venkat
Alice Wong
Anne Woods
Trea Yip
Cynthia Yung
Radhika Zaveri
Yvonne Zhu


Each year Orchid seeks funding proposals from North Texas based non-profit organizations located in the Dallas, Collin and Tarrant Counties, that empower Asian women and girls to achieve their potential, but also support the underserved community of North Texas Asians in general. This year Orchid will award one-year grants up to $20,000.

Please click here to see the slate of semi-finalist grantees for 2020.

Orchid Grant Guidelines

Orchid Grant Application Content

Orchid Grants History