• Saffron Circle Grantees

    Saffron Circle

    funding social change in the Greater Boston Asian community

  • Our Mission

    Saffron Circle is a giving circle serving the Greater Boston Asian and Asian American community. Our members pool resources to provide critical support for non-profits, from established organizations to emerging programs. We seek to fund initiatives that will leverage our contributions and positively impact the Asian community.

  • History

    Founded in 2006, Saffon Circle is one of the nation's oldest Asian American giving circles.


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  • 2016 Grantees

    Asian Community Development Corporation

    $5,000 grant to replicate its Chinatown Housing Counseling and Civic Engagement programming for the growing Asian community in Malden

    Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program

    $10,000 grant to provide financial aid for students who cannot afford the full cost of the music education program, which emphasizes leadership development and mentoring

    Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

    $10,000 grant for its Immigrant Small Business/Entrepreneur Support Program, which assists English Language Learner (ELL) immigrants in sewing to improve their skills, make business plans, and make connections with mentors

    Vietnamese American Civic Association

    $9,000 grant to support the Civic Assistance and Engagement Project in Dorchester, which will provide the Vietnamese community assistance and workshops on voting, selective service, and citizenship applications

  • Join Saffron Circle

    As a Saffron Circle member, you are welcome to participate in the grantmaking process and help transform the Greater Boston Asian community.


    You can join Saffron Circle with an annual tax-deductible contribution of $250. An introductory membership level of $100 per year is also available for students and young professionals. 100% of your proceeds will be paid directly to grantee organizations.


    Saffron Circle is a fee-waived, donor-advised fund at The Boston Foundation. We are a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.

  • Apply for a Grant


    Saffron Circle grants generally range from $5,000-10,000. The funding foci of 2017 are Civic Engagement, Housing & Shelter, and Youth Development & Education. Saffron Circle grants will also target collaborative models, organizations/projects that directly engage members of Asian communities to create change in their community, and new and emerging agencies.



    Saffron Circle's grantee application process begins in March, with applications due by May 12, 2017. Members meet throughout the months of April and May with decisions made by the end of June.


    Saffron Circle funds non-profit organizations serving Asian and Asian American communities in Massachusetts. For non-Asian organizations, funds will only be rewarded for programs directly related to serving Asians or Asian Americans. Eligible organizations must be located in Massachusetts and tax-exempt (either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(3)-sponsored).


    Saffron Circle does not make grants to individuals, scholarships/fellowships, programs with religious purposes, political parties/candidates, government organizations, or building campaigns.