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Our Grant History

Orchid Giving Circle® has awarded $1.7M for the last 9 years supporting 40 non profits with an impact to over 150K Asian  individuals and families.

Asian Breast Health

Asian Breast Health Outreach Project
Addresses the barriers of language, culture, limited resources, and knowledge making breast cancer screenings easier for uninsured and underserved Asian Women.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars

Will go to support their general Scholarship Fund to support APIA students in North Texas.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Women

Best Buddies

Best Buddies North Texas Expansion
For their School Friendship Program that builds friendships and connections between people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

All

Bryan's House

A pilot program in partnership with Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation to expand programming to women living with issues common to parenting children with special needs and who might also be facing challenges unique to their refugee status, poverty, and/or domestic violence situation.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

All

CHETNA

Supporting the increased need post-pandemic to sustain their staff and provide services by addressing the root causes that perpetuate domestic violence.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Trauma Recovery

Community Served

All

Children's Advocacy Center of Denton

Bridging the Gap in Victims Services
Support the Chin families (their second largest language group) and other Asian language speakers with translation services and expanded infrastructure.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Trauma Recovery

Community Served

All

Communities in Schools

Chin Family Empowerment Program
Provides evidence-based programs that empower refugee settled students to stay in school and achieve in life in the Lewisville school district.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Translation Services Program
Address language Barriers for their Asian families by engaging a Translation Service.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$1,000

Non-Profit Category

Trauma Recovery

Community Served

Children

Dallas Chinese Community Center

Life Skills/ Youth Leadership/ Cultural Outreach
Support their Life skills and Leadership programs through workshops and address hate crimes through awareness and education.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

All

Fort Worth Habitat for Humanity

Partnership Home Program
Help provide a home for a Southeast Asian refugee family resettling in the Fort Worth Area.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Homelessness / Refugee

Community Served

All

Healing Hands Ministry

Defray the cost of barrier-free access to healthcare services for the uninsured and underinsured Women and Children Burmese refugee population in Vickery Meadows.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Heart House

Head, Heart, and Hands ( H3) Program
Funds education equity programs by providing homework support and social-emotional support.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

All

IGNITE

Political Power for North Texas AAPI Young Women
Provides hybrid in-person, virtual, and sustainable community-based training programs to prepare them to step into civic and political leadership roles.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$6,500

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

Women

LiftFund

Empowering Asian Women Business Accelerator
Establish business support through a four-week small business accelerator program for Asian small business owners.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$4,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

Women

Literacy Achieves

Literacy and Life Skills Program
Serving Immigrant and refugee families with free educational services including Adult English Literacy, Early Childhood Education, and Student Support Services.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Families

Mosaic Family Services

Multicultural Victims Services Program
Partially supports a salary for a full-time case manager that serves women and children survivors of abuse, including victims of family violence, trafficking, and/or sexual assault.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Trauma Recovery

Community Served

Women and Children

Richardson Adult Literacy

ESL for Adults
Provides a 10-level semester-based program consisting of day and evening classes taught by trained volunteers online or in RISD and library classrooms.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Scholar Shot

Will help an at-risk, low-income student exit poverty by completing career-ready vocational, associate, or bachelor's degrees.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

Peace in the Home Social Services
Provides culturally sensitive and trauma-informed therapy service through outreach and education projects for Muslim Women and children.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Trauma Recovery

Community Served

All

Wellness Center for Geriatric Adults

Preventative Health Care Program
Removes barriers such as transportation for elderly Asian women redesign in Community Homes and Low-Income Housing Tax credit Apartments through Collin County.

Year

Grant Amount

2022

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Grant will contribute to the Demographic Research Project Report that will be developed on a digital demographic website. It will incorporate disaggregated data from the 2020 Census, American Community Survey, and other datasets available on AAPI communities, including community-level input.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

All

Asian Breast Health

Grant will support a 20-year-old breast health outreach program at Methodist Richardson Medical Center that empowers the local ethnic communities to do their routine mammograms and provide access to breast cancer detection.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Women's Healthcare

Community Served

Women

Asian Film Festival

Grant will support the Women's Film Showcase The Asian Film Festival of Dallas that will spotlight Asian and Asian-American women filmmakers. The Festival is scheduled for July 2022 and provides networking and a public platform for Asian Women in the film industry.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Arts

Community Served

Women

Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars

Grant will support 7 APIA women with scholarships for a college degree. 65% of the Scholars are first-generation college students and 70% live at or below the poverty line.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Women

Children's Advocacy Center of Denton

Grant will support mental health services through evidence-based trauma-informed therapy that will improve the investigation and prosecution of severe child abuse cases.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Children

Communities in Schools

Grant will support programs on Life Skills, Youth Leadership, and Equity and Inclusion awareness and education programs focusing on hate crimes towards the Asian population.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$7,500

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

DFW Health Hub

Grant will provide access to affordable healthcare in several fields, primarily dental health, mental health, and women’s health to the Bhutanese refugees in the DFW and surrounding areas.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

All

Dallas Chinese Community Center

Grant will support programs on Life Skills, Youth Leadership, and Equity and Inclusion awareness and education programs focusing on hate crimes towards the Asian population.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Dallas Holocaust Museums and Human Rights Museum

Grant will support the Courage and Compassion Special Exhibit; our shared story of the Japanese American World War II Experience. The Exhibit is scheduled for January 2022—June 2022.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Arts

Community Served

All

IGNITE

Grant will support programs focused on training and mobilizing young women in Texas to address public policy challenges, have a political voice, and/or possibly run for leadership positions or a public office.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

Women

International Rescue Committee

Grant will contribute to the costs of hiring an Extended Case Manager Casework Assistant to support Extended Case Management (ECM) program enrollment and service provision for Asian refugee Women.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Services

Community Served

Women

Literacy Achieves

Grant will be used to support programs for immigrant and refugee families by providing free educational programs, including Adult English Literacy, Early Childhood, and Student Support Services in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Families

Mosaic Family Services

Grant will support services for Asian women and children surviving family violence or human trafficking.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Services

Community Served

Women and Children

Nomi Network - Diana Mao

Leadership Grant for Professional Development

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Community Served

Richardson Adult Literacy

Grant will provide ESL and workforce readiness programs for low-income adult English Language learners who live or work in Northern Dallas County.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

SAAVETX

This grant will be used for nonpartisan programs that educate and empower our electorate. Goals include nonpartisan voter registration, reduction of barriers, empower women to lead in voter registration efforts.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Civic

Community Served

All

Senior Source

Grant will allow older adults to volunteer in the community, through the Foster Grandparent Program and RSVP Program. These programs will address the isolation currently being felt while allowing them to be role models to others both children and adults.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Services

Community Served

All

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

Grant will support a program that will address domestic and intimate partner violence (including sexual violence). It promotes self-sufficiency, resiliency, healing, safety, and long-term independence for people who have experienced family violence.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Services

Community Served

All

Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Grant will help with home construction costs for, a refugee woman from Myanmar. This neighborhood revitalization program is focused on ending the cycle of poverty through sustainable affordable housing

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Services

Community Served

Women

Vickery Meadow Youth Development

Grant will support a program that provides college readiness to 7th-12th grade students in the Vickery Meadow community. One hundred percent of the Scholars graduate from high school, with 86% enrolling in college, 69% persisting through college, and 49% graduating college.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Wellness Center for Older Adult

Grant will provide healthcare services for Asian Women seniors in low-income housing that rely entirely on WCOA for monitoring their healthcare in three Plano Community Homes.

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

talkSTEM - Dr. Koshi Dingra

Leadership Grant for Professional Development

Year

Grant Amount

2021

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Community Served

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (dba APIA Scholars )

APIA Scholars provide college scholarships to undergraduate female APIA Scholars in North Texas.Funds will provide scholarships to 5 women college students at $2500 each.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$12,500

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Women

Chetna

Provides culturally specific services to South Asian victims of domestic violence.Funds will be used to provide access to legal services, develop skills in the workforce, and remove transportation barriers they face.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

All

Communities in Schools in North Texas

Empowers PK-12 students to stay in school and achieve in life. The goal is to decrease dropout rates for this underserved community.The grant will be used to hire a part-time Chin Family Engagement Specialist (CFES).

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Dallas Chinese Community Center

Serves both the Asian and the non-Asian communities in the DFW area through educational, cultural, and recreational programs and activities for both adults and children. The grant will focus on life skills for underserved Asians at age 50+, equality for men and women in their 20's to '40s, and leadership in children ages 8 to 18.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Heart House

Is an education non-profit that serves refugee children with a holistic afterschool program utilizing trauma-informed care to help them thrive in their new community. The grant would go towards salaries and training for staff providing these critical services.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Ignite

Motivates women at an early age to become civically engaged to become the next generation of policymakers and political leaders. This grant will be used for staff that will create and execute programming for AAPI young women across DFW to become civically engaged and step into political power.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$11,500

Non-Profit Category

Civic Engagement

Community Served

Women

Literacy Achieves

Serves immigrant and refugee families with free educational programs including Adult English Literacy, Early Childhood, and Student Support Services. Funding will support the English Literacy Programs in Vickery Meadow serving 600 adults and 135 young children annually.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$15,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Literacy Achieves

Orchid Giving Circle received a grant from AAPIP ( Asian American Pacific Islander in Philanthropy) from their Covid-19 mini-grant fund. Mini-grants were to be used to supplement the grantmaking of giving circles toward addressing the rise of racism against Asian-Americans in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Literacy Achieves received a mini-grant of $3000 to support their “All Have Value” Campaign that addresses Anti-Asian Discrimination and will provide volunteer and staff training specific to the Asian population.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$3,000

Non-Profit Category

Arts & Culture

Community Served

All

Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation dba Asian Breast Health Outreach Project

Provides breast health awareness, education, navigation & mammogram services to our local minority communities. This grant will support the budget needed to provide these services to our Asian communities.

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Year

Grant Amount

2020

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Mosaic Family Services

Meets the needs of multicultural women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Will support partial salary for a Shelter Advocate and hotline interpretation costs for Asian languages, supporting approximately 50 Asian women and girls.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

Women and Children

Orchid Giving Circle Leadership GrantIt's a Sensory World

Executive Director, Rekha Suryanarayana created a program that serves children with special needs.This grant will be used for a staff retreat. There is an increased need for nonrestrictive funds due to the COVID pandemic

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Year

Grant Amount

2020

$5,000

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Texas Womens Muslim Foundation, Inc.

Provides direct services and programming for Asian-American and all women who have survived domestic violence. Will use funds towards counseling women who are not able to seek help at this time and might require funds to be unrestricted to use for operational costs. 

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

Women

The Senior Source

Provides services to enable older adults to live to their fullest potential through nine programs that assist, protect, and connect older adults to needed resources, services, and tools. Funding will assist with volunteer recognition, translation services, and staffing support for the foster grandparent program that engages seniors from the Asian community. 

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Year

Grant Amount

2020

$10,000

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Adults

Vickery Meadows Youth Development Foundation

Seeks to provide a continuum of support and care to the 7500 youth in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, beginning with early childhood and continuing through college graduation. Funds will provide a counselor for mental health support and summer field trips in 2021 for middle school through college students.

Year

Grant Amount

2020

$20,000

Non-Profit Category

Education and Health

Community Served

Children

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Provide funding for six deserving and need based undergraduate female APIA Scholars in North Texas.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Girls

Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Refugee Match Grant program which helps refugees from Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma etc. reach economic self-sufficiency within six months of arrival in the U.S. through employment support, case management, and limited financial assistance.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$10,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Economic Security

Community Served

Women

Chetna

Confidential helpline and provide financial assistance for rent, utilities, household items, and transportation for domestic violence victims from the South Asian community.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$20,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

Women

Crow Museum of Asian Art

Support focus groups and visits to Crow Museum by increasing awareness through PR and marketing, engagement with UT Dallas student and faculty populations and the Asian residents living in the surrounding geographic areas.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$10,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Arts & Culture

Community Served

All

Dallas Chinese Community Center

Programs and services designed to inspire Asians to move up, through learning and networking, to do better and to improve their quality of life.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$20,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance

Asian American Rights strand of the American Ideals, Realities and Repair interactive kiosks in the Pivot to America Wing in new museum building.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$25,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Healing Hands Ministries

Support to help defray the cost of medical, dental and behavioral healthcare for uninsured and underinsured Burmese women.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$20,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Health Hub

Support for Bhutanese women’s physical and mental health through mammograms, yoga, care packages,etc.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$7,500.00

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Heart House

Head Heart and Hands (H3) Social Emotional Learning Program for refugee children in Vickery Meadow from various Asian countries including Bhutan, Burma, Nepal etc.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$20,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Ignite

Recruit and train AAPI young women in civic engagement through programming and voter registration drives as well as mobilize AAPI communities to be counted in the 2020 census.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$10,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Civic Engagement

Community Served

Girls

Literacy Achieves

Family Literacy Program in Vickery Meadow serving refugees both adults and children from various Asian countries including Bhutan, Burma, Nepal etc.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$20,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Mosaic Family Services

Support the partial salary for a case manager in the Refugee Health Access Services program, serving 120 Asian women and girls in the Dallas area.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$10,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

TMWF Peace in the Home: Culturally Specialized Family Violence Program (PIH-DV) focusing on the needs of the Muslim Community.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$20,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

Women

The Senior Source

Transportation and Translation Services for Asian Foster Grandparent program.

Year

Grant Amount

2019

$12,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Economic Security

Community Served

Seniors and Children

Asian Breast Health Outreach Project

Support understandable, culturally appropriate outreach, breast health education,and access to preventive breast care services for the at-risk Asian population. Due to knowledge, financial, linguistic, and cultural barriers, this target population avoids prevention measures and thereforehas one of the lowest screening rates in the nation and higher cancer findings than the rest of the state. Funds will serve 170 Asian people in the Dallas surrounding area.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Chetna

The creation of an In-House Counseling Program would enable clients to be more successful in accessing counseling, overcoming trauma, and achieving overall goals. Through creation of prevention curriculum, CHETNA could spread awareness and assist in breaking the cycle of violence.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

Women

Dallas Chinese Community Center

Support learning and networking, enrolling 200 participants in courses and seminars based on their specific needs towards self sufficiency. Courses include English as a Second Language, Driver's Ed and Computer Literacy and seminars include personal finance, tax, corporate culture, immigration and path to citizenship

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Health Hub

Health fair in December of 2018 providing services such as a mammogram trucks, which will allow more refugee women to participate because they will not have to go off-site.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$1,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Heart House

Head, Heart, and Hands (H3) a comprehensive approach with academic, social-emotional, and character development programming specifically focused on refugee children who are working to move from a state of chaos to calm. The grant will serve up to 40 students, mostly female ages 10 and under and about 75 mothers through the Parent Engagement Center.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$10,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

Children

Ignite

Programs that spotlight the experiences of Asian American women who are in positions of power in order to demystifies stereotypes about leadership and provides young women with role models to learn from. Our training and voter registration efforts, encourage young Asian American women to become civically engaged and own their political power.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Civic Engagement

Community Served

Girls

Literacy Achieves

Family Literacy Program in Vickery Meadows which offers immigrant and refugee adult students the opportunity to learn English at the same time as their young children. Students attend morning or afternoon classes four days per week Monday – Thursday and attend Parent and Child Together and parent programs on Fridays.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Education

Community Served

All

Mosaic Family Services

Support partial salary for a Case Manager in the Refugee Health Access Services Program. These funds will support 80-100 Asian refugee women and girls in the Dallas area, one of the primary groups in our target population served.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Health

Community Served

Women

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

Support the Peace in the Home Domestic Violence program to address the need for culturally specific, trauma informed intervention and prevention services focusing on the under-served Muslim community. Services are open to all domestic violence victims seeking assistance. PIH DV intervention services are projected support over 400 women and children victims (215 Asian) and prevention services are projected to
reach over 15,000 this year.

Year

Grant Amount

2018

$15,000.00

Non-Profit Category

Domestic Violence

Community Served

Women

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