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.
Founded in 2006, Saffon Circle is one of the nation's oldest Asian American giving circles.
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.As a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network, contributions to Saffron Circle are eligible for a 50% match.You may also download a pledge form and contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for a Grant
Overview Saffron Circle grants generally range from $5,000-10,000. We are particularly interested in supporting emerging organizations and programs (organizational budgets under $750,000) addressing under-served Asian populations outside of Boston.
Timeline Saffron Circle's grantee application process begins in March, with applications due by the end of April. Members meet throughout the month of May with decisions made by mid-June.
Eligibility 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.