Saffron Circle Kicks Off Fourth Year of Grant Giving

Saffron Circle Kicks off Fourth Year of Grant Giving

Boston, MA, February 1, 2010 – Saffron Circle, www.saffroncircle.org, a giving circle of multi-generational and multi-ethnic Asians in greater Boston, is pleased to announce that it will be accepting applications for its fourth year of grant making.  Launched in May 2006, the Saffron Circle is committed to supporting local organizations that address the needs of the Asian community in greater Boston. It is the first Asian giving circle in the Boston area and only the third Asian giving circle in the United States.

Over the past two years, Saffron Circle has utilized individual membership dues and foundation support to leverage nearly $40,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations in greater Boston that serve the Asian community.  Last year’s grants funded a range of creative and innovative projects, including outreach, education and advocacy campaigns, community building efforts among immigrant and refugee populations, and supportive youth programming and art exhibits and performances.

Saffron Circle has a continued commitment to support Asian communities in Massachusetts.  More than ever, we know that our mission—Asian supporting Asians—is essential to the health of the Commonwealth and its residents, as immigrant communities have been disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn.  The Circle will make every effort to keep giving levels as high as possible despite the ongoing fiscal crisis.

Through its grant application and review process, Saffron Circle hopes both to raise awareness of community needs and to learn how it may better support organizations that address these needs. Grants will target both emerging and established organizations serving Asians in the greater Boston area.  Proposals are due on March 15, 2010, and grants will be announced in May 2010, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  Funding guidelines and more information about the Saffron Circle can be found at www.saffroncircle.org.

Saffron Circle is a group of multi-generational, multi-ethnic Asians committed to creating positive social change in the greater Boston Asian community.  Members come together to support social change by pooling resources, sharing talents, and learning about issues and giving opportunities.  Each member has the opportunity to participate in grant making and in developing the giving circle.  Saffron Circle currently has over 30 members and is a donor-advised fund at the Boston Foundation. Membership is Saffron Circle’s greatest asset and we are recruiting civic-minded individuals to be a part of the organization’s endeavors.   Please see   www.saffroncircle.org/membership/join.html for more information.

Contact:

Czarina Biton, Saffron Circle Grants Committee

617-955-6444

grants@saffroncircle.org

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