Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women's Foundation
The Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation was launched in 2015 and is modeled after many successful Asian giving circles around the country. Orchid is group of Asian women philanthropists in North Texas ranging in age from 20s to 70s, and represents a wide range of cultures, ethnicities and professions. Orchid takes inspiration from the Asian Women Giving Circle of New York, which has raised and distributed $620,000+ in grants over nine years.
Why fund Asian-American organizations?
- Less than one percent of all philanthropic dollars is invested in Asian-American communities.
- Asian-Americans have been historically under-represented as funders and as grant recipients.
- The label “model minority” creates an inaccurate picture that Asian-Americans do not need help when in fact parts of our community have dire needs currently unmet.
- Putting philanthropic dollars into community-based social change projects is putting money into the hands of local experts working to make our society systems more equitable.
- Women-led, family-serving projects receive few philanthropic dollars.
- Investing in women is investing in the social fabric that holds local communities together.
- Women invest in families and communities.
- There is still inequity and gender (still) matters.
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.
The Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is a group of Asian women pooling resources to provide community grants that support social change and services for North Texas Asians. The Orchid Giving Circle has an interest in Asian women-led social change projects and organizations. The goal is to increase awareness of the local Asian population, community needs and knowledge about philanthropy.