First Korean American Community Conference a Success!

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KACF-SF, in partnership with the Korean American Professional Society (KAPS) held the first-ever Korean American Community Conference on March 24th at Google Community Space in San Francisco.  More than 80 attendees and speakers included academics, community & civic leaders, social workers, healthcare providers, nonprofit leaders, young professionals and others who came together to learn and share their insights into priority needs and challenges facing the Korean American community in the Bay Area. Panel presentations and small group discussions focused on topics of health and wellness, senior care, domestic violence, and civic engagement. Presenters also shared different models and approaches to addressing the needs, and challenged participants to think outside the box in considering possible solutions.  

Attendees valued the unique opportunity to learn about community needs and to connect with each other. They left energized about getting involved and contributing to strengthening our community.  More than 30 of the attendees were inspired to form teams to participate in the follow-on Solve-a-Thon competition, to be held on April 14th.  

Read coverage about the conference in the local Korea Times (in Korean) HERE.

Comments from conference attendees included:

“What an amazing event it was!  Most of all, this event has taught me so much and I was the WINNER for gaining the most out of this conference.” 

“It was such an eye-opening and enlightening conference. I never thought the Korean community, especially in the San Francisco region, faced such issues.”

“It was such a great event. I was really impressed by the panelists/moderators, and I left feeling really hopeful.”

“It's great to see the young people being enthusiastic, to meet colleagues who are passionate in serving the community, and leadership who are enthusiastic and passionate in gathering people and having a conversation.” 

"I understood things about the Korean American immigrant community that I had never known before. This event was a meaningful start to trigger the interest of 1.5 and 2nd- generation Korean American professionals.”

“Thanks for the wonderful conference! I’ve been telling more of my Korean American friends about it.”



KACF-SF Joins the Frontlines of Protecting Immigrants' Access to Health Care & Basic Services

In an effort to stop a potential Trump Executive Order that would impact lives of immigrants who are admitted to the United States legally, 38 nonprofit organizations, government officials and academics serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are uniting to increase public awareness of an ominous executive order, leaked earlier this year and foreshadowed in public statements again just last week, that threatens immigrants with deportation if they use federally funded public benefits, and indebts their sponsors with repaying such benefits.

Grantee Partner Welcome Reception

Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (KACF-SF) hosted  an informal reception in honor of this year's grantee partners, on February 2nd.

More than 50 KACF-SF leaders and supporters, and members of the press joined this year's ten grantee partner organizations to learn about their critical work on the frontlines of serving the Korean and Asian American communities.  A total of $224,000 in grants has been awarded for the 2016-2017 grant cycle to support programs targeting underserved and vulnerable Korean Americans in the greater Bay Area. 

Read Korean press coverage:
          Korea Daily (JoongAng Ilbo)
          Korea Times (Hankook Ilbo)

2016 Community Grant Awards

KACF-SF is pleased to announce its 2016 Community Grant recipients. A total of $224,000 in grants is being awarded to ten community-based organizations to support programs targeting under-served and vulnerable Korean Americans in the greater Bay Area. In addition to these grants, KACF-SF has committed funding for a special project, in partnership with Korean Community Center of the East Bay in Oakland and Korean American Community Services in San Jose, to establish a region-wide, toll-free Korean-language social service infoline, to be available in the spring of 2017.

This year’s grants address all four of KACF-SF’s priority grantmaking areas -- Physical and Mental Health, Senior Care and Empowerment, Safety, and Youth Empowerment – with focus largely on mental health and senior care, reflecting the prominence of these issues in the Korean American community. The Foundation is glad to be partnering with six returning grantees and forging new relations with four organizations: API Legal Outreach, Asian Women’s Shelter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, and Northern California LifeLine, a Korean-language crisis and counseling phone line. Alongside these grants, KACF-SF is committed to continuing to invest in strengthening community grantee partners through funding for capacity-building and other forms of technical assistance.

“We are very pleased with the number of strong organizations and programs we are able to fund this year, including pan-Asian organizations that provide vital services to the Korean American community,” said Sophia Oh-Kim, KACF-SF Board Co-Chair. “We are excited that there are opportunities for synergy across grantees that are addressing common issues, which we hope will result in close coordination and ultimately greater impact,” added Eun-Joo Chang, KACF-SF Executive Director.

The grant recipients were selected with input from KACF-SF’s Community Grants Committee (CGC) of volunteers that engages in a participatory grantmaking process. The CGC drives the process by conducting a comprehensive proposal review, including site visits to each of the eligible applicants, and making funding recommendations to KACF-SF’s Board of Directors.

Congratulations to the 2016 KACF-SF Community Grantee Partners!

  • API Legal Outreach 
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement
  • Asian Health Services 
  • Asian Women’s Shelter
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area 
  • Korean American Community Services, Silicon Valley 
  • Korean American Senior Citizens League of Santa Clara County
  • Korean American Senior Services, Inc. 
  • Korean Community Center of the East Bay 
  • LifeLine of Northern California 

KACF-SF Welcomes New Advisors

We are excited to announce the addition of two new Advisors to KACF-SF: Dr. Kenneth Kim, who joined us in September 2016 and Professor Grace Yoo, who joined recently. Dr. Kim currently serves as Clinical Director at GLIDE and brings a unique background as a mental health professional. Professor Yoo, Chair of Asian American Studies at SF State University, brings a deep understanding of Asian American health and social support issues as well as Korean American immigration history and experience. 

Both are passionate about supporting the Bay Area's Korean American community, and we are grateful for and look forward to their contributions!

Welcome to Our Newest Board Member!

We are excited to announce the addition of Ms. Sung Jin Suhr Ingriselli to the KACF-SF Board of Directors. She brings diversity to the Board with her background and experiences, including more than 30 years as an executive in the international oil and gas industry and volunteer service to a range of organizations. "We are grateful for Sung Jin's desire to serve on our Board and look forward to working with her in the coming years," said Sophia Oh-Kim, Board Co-Chair.

November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Did you know that an estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease? That number is expected to nearly triple by 2050, with the number of Asian/Pacific islanders living with Alzheimer’s in California also expected to triple. The disease is one of the fastest growing causes of death for Korean Americans, increasing 200% between 2005 and 2010.  (California Department of Public Health, Death Public Use Files 2005-2010)

The Korean American Community Services Inc. (KACS) of Silicon Valley is addressing Alzheimer's in their community through a grant from KACF-SF.  Barriers to seeking proper medical evaluation and treatment are complicated in the Korean community due to stigmatizing cultural misconceptions viewing memory loss as a natural stage of aging or as insanity.  KACS is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to offer an annual Alzheimer’s forum in Korean to educate the community about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, available resources, etc. KACS also recently launched a Korean-language support group for families and other caregivers of Alzheimer's patients in the Korean community.

Contact KACS to learn more: (408) 920-9733 or