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
Jean Chao
Monica Chen
Bianca Chow
Paulette Miniter
Arang Cistulli
Bonnie Clinton
Kim Cummings
Sejal Desai
Seema Deshpande
Tracey Doi
Sakina Foster
Mona Gupta
Jin-Ya Huang
Anna Hung
Karen Ideno
Wei Wei Jeang
Sylvia Leong
Loh-Sze Leung
Caren Lock
Mylinh Luong
Helen Malick
Neena Newberry
Pamela Okada
Meyling Ly Ortiz
Lynette Payne
Carina Reyes
Brenda Rhoades
Maggie Rubin

Hardeep Sehgal
Gowri Sharma
Ann Sheu
Thear Suzuki
Cathy Tang
Charmaine Tang
Vicky Teherani
Rema Thyagarajan
Von Truong
Priya Venkat
Alice Wong
Trea Yip
Cynthia Yung
Radhika Zaveri
Yvonne Zhu
Jennifer Cho
Caroline Kim
Anne Woods
Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum
Soyong Jensen
Caroline Riskey
Lillian Jersa
Michelle Sing
HaeSung Han
Stacey Cho Hernandez
Rosey Jinnah
Tina Nishida
Sharon Chan
Ami Doshi
Mona Khanna
Lisa Tran


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 2019.

Orchid Grant Guidelines

Orchid Grant Application Content

Orchid Grants History