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Saffron Circle Awards $16,000 in Grants

Boston, MA, July 14, 2017 – Saffron Circle is pleased to announce $16,000 in grants to three nonprofit organizations. Launched in May 2006, Saffron Circle has utilized individual membership dues and foundation support to leverage over $200,000 in grants to over 20 nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts that serve the Asian community.

2017 Saffron Circle Grantees 

Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) is the country’s only political leadership program for Asian-American women. AAWPI works to ensure that Asian-American women and the Asian-American community have a voice in their government. Saffron Circle provided AAWPI with a $10,000 grant to support its State House Fellowship program which provides intensive legislative training and mentorship opportunities for college-aged Asian-American women.

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMMA) was founded in 1984 to improve the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs. CMMA was awarded a $5,000 grant for its After School Youth Program which provides free after school academic, social, cultural and recreational activities for youth.

Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) provides weekly orchestral instruction to positively impact students, their families, and the community. Saffron Circle awarded JQOP with a $1,000 grant to support its Mandarin translation services for its music education program that serves 160 children at Josiah Quincy Elementary and Upper Schools in Chinatown.

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Saffron Circle is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic giving circle committed to creating positive social change in the Massachusetts Asian and Asian American community. Members come together to support social change by pooling resources, sharing talents, and learning about issues and giving opportunities. Each member has the opportunity to participate in grant making and in developing the giving circle. Saffron Circle currently has over 30 members and is a fee-waived, donor-advised fund at the Boston Foundation. Saffron Circle is also a member of the Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) National Giving Circle Network. Please see http://www.saffroncircle.org/ for more information.

Cindy Lung, Co-Chair, Grantmaking Committee
Sara Tian, Co-Chair, Grantmaking Committee