Giving Circle Reaches Milestone: 10 Years of Grant-making to Arts and Social Change


Contact: Hali Lee

Film about Nail Salon Industry, Writing Workshops for Nepalese Women Immigrants among 2015 Asian Women Giving Circle Projects

NEW YORK CITY, NY – A filmmaker who plans to use her documentary to help educate and organize nail salon workers about their workplace safety rights and a zine by young undocumented Asian American women and queer youth are among the 2015 grant recipients of the Asian Women Giving Circle, which celebrates its 10th year of grant-making this year.

“This year, our grants selection process was extremely tough because the quality and range of the projects we saw was unprecedented,” said AWGC’s founder Hali Lee. “We believe this development is evidence of a growing wave of interest among change-makers – artists, nonprofits, philanthropies — to use the arts as tools for confronting our present and envisioning a more fair and just future. The Giving Circle is proud to be on the forefront of this shift.”

Since 2006, the AWGC, fiscally-sponsored by the Ms. Foundation, has raised and distributed over $700,000 in funding to arts and social change projects. The Circle recently received an operating grant from the New York Women’s Foundation to help strategize its direction and growth for the coming decade.

Learn more about 2015 Grant Projects