Arizona Asian Pacific American Women's Giving Circle

The Arizona Asian Pacific American Women's Giving Circle was formed to support the health, safety, education and economic success of Asian Pacific American women and girls in Arizona.

A personal and culturally-based approach to encouraging giving in our community

ACF President & CEO Steve Seleznow and Leezie Kim, a member of ACF's Board of Directors congratulated Dr. Ruth Lim when the Asian Pacific Community in Action honored Dr. Lim with the Life Achievement Award.

Look for more about this event and other news on the News & Events tab below.

The fund for the Arizona Asian Pacific American Women's Giving Circle was established with the Arizona Community Foundation and benefits from the economy of centralized management and administrative resources, while the Giving Circle’s members bring knowledge and expertise to address the community’s unique needs.

The Giving Circle receives financial support from Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the National Giving Circle Network and Coulter Foundation.

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Membership dues are fully tax deductible.

Giving Circle Mission

Our mission is to support the health, safety, education and economic success of Asian Pacific American women and girls in Arizona.

The goal is to use our members’ financial resources and network to make a difference to these underserved women’s lives without duplicating projects that are already in place. We will leverage on resources that are available to maximize our investment of time and money.

Members of the Arizona Asian Pacific American Women’s Giving Circle meet monthly to network and share ideas about how to address needs in our community.

  • Members are asked to contribute $1,000 per year to support the giving circle’s grantmaking.
  • Membership is open to all who are selfless, patient, flexible and want to make a difference.
  • Members can support the giving circle’s work not only by contributing funds, but also by being actively involved in the distribution of funds or serving on committees.

Grace Lau, CFA
GIVING CIRCLE CHAIR
CEO & Money Manager, PacWest Financial Management, Inc.

Pamela Chan, CPA
CFO, Credit Union West

Amy Gittler, Attorney
Shareholder, Jackson & Lewis P.C.

Karen Harris
Philanthropist & Expert in Exotic Travel

Annie Hsu
Philanthropist & Board Member of Mesa Arts Center Foundation

Kelly Hsu, MD
Board Member of Maricopa County Medical Society & Founder of Asian Pacific Community in Action

Leezie Kim, Attorney
General Counsel of Fox Restaurant Concepts

Kathy Nakagawa, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU & Chair of Board of Asian Pacific Community in Action

Mamiko Odegard, PhD
Life & Business Coach, International Best Selling Author and Seminar Leader

Ruth Tan Lim, MD, MD(H), FAAP, FAAARM
Dobson Integrated Medical Center and Dobson Pediatric Center

Susie Sands
Vice President of Wallace H Coulter Foundation

Member Dr. Ruth Lim and Claudia Kaercher from Islander Liaison attended Pacific Islander Women’s and Girl’s Health and Safety Day.

Support for the community

Since inception, the Arizona Asian Pacific American Women's Giving Circle has provided grants to several organizations, including:

  • $10,000 to fund the Asian Pacific Community in Action research project on access to health care
  • $3,000 to the Pacific Islander Liaison to conduct its 2016 workshop
  • $2,000 to Arizona South Asians for Safe Families

Tell us about your project

If you would like to submit your organization's project for consideration by the Arizona Asian Pacific American Women's Giving Circle, use the form below to provide details about the support you need.

Philip Li, president & CEO of Robert Sterling Clarke Foundation, right, led a morning session on leadership that was moderated by former Board Chair of AAPIP Lisa Philp, pictured to Mr. Li's right. And on Ms. Philp's right is Pat Eng, director of the Korean American Community Foundation.

AAPIP MEETING
New York City
June 10, 2016

Dr. Ruth Tan Lim. a founding member of the AAPA Women's Giving Circle, recently attended the 2016 National Network Convening and Annual Meeting of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. The AAPIP is a national membership organization dedicated to increasing charitable investments for underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders communities.

When the AAPA Women's Giving Circle was forming in 2014, AAPIP provided matching funds for the fledgling organization. Dr. Lim was anxious to learn more about AAPIP and gain insights about other giving circles.

"The meeting in June was an eye opener for myself as a first time attendee," Dr. Lim said. "The room was packed and many giving circle groups shared their stories with the theme 'I am Philantropy' from the Hmong to East Indian groups."

AAPIP has assisted 51 giving circles and like the AAPA Women's Giving Circle, they see the greatest needs in the areas of health, human services and social justice.

Immediately upon arriving in New York City, Dr. Lim made her way to the offices of Philantropy of New York, where she met with Philip Li, president & CEO of Robert Sterling Clarke Foundation. Their conversation centered on building and supporting leadership and investing in leadership development for social change. 
 


A TASTE OF ASIA
May 7, 2016

When the Asian Pacific Community in Action presented its 11th Annual Gala at the Double Tree in Scottsdale, Leezie Kim, a member of ACF's Board of Directors served as MC. During the event, Dr. Ruth Lim received the Life Achievement Award from APCA. Both women are members of the Arizona Asian Pacific American Women's Giving Circle.

 

   

Dr. Ruth Lim is congratulated by ACF President & CEO Steve Seleznow, while Leezie Kim looks on.

 

 

 


HIGH TEA EVENT
April 30, 2016

The Arizona Asian Women Giving Circle recently hosted High Tea for members and friends at the home of Mamiko Odegard, a Giving Circle member.

 

 

 

 


Members of the Giving Circle celebrated their first grant. $10,000 was awarded to the Asian Pacific Community in Action for a research project on access to health care.

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