Via: Dallas Morning News
By: Deborah Fleck
The Orchid Giving Circle is doing its part to support social change and service in the North Texas Asian community. The group on Friday gave out $146,000 in grants to 11 nonprofits at Toyota headquarters in Plano.
Nine groups — Chetna, Dallas Chinese Community Center, Ignite, Literacy Achieves, Asian Breast Health Outreach, Mosaic Family Services, The Senior Source, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation and Vickery Meadow Youth Development — each received $15,000.  Heart House was awarded $10,000 and DFW Health Hub $1,000.
With this year’s gift, the Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation has distributed more than $400,000 since it started in 2015. The all-women circle is modeled after the Asian Women Giving Circle of New York, which started about 12 years ago.
At the gathering Friday, the group also awarded Amy Lewis Hofland, the executive director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art, the inaugural Orchid Giving Circle Ambassador Award. Hofland thanked the group for the honor and for “changing the community for the better.”
Entertainment included a dance performance choreographed by circle member Sejal Desai called East West Fusion that included Western and South Asian music.
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