Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women's Foundation

Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is a member of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national, member-supported philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.

Mission Statement

The Orchid Giving Circle® is an Asian sisterhood that provides grants and fosters philanthropy primarily within and for the North Texas Asian community.

About Us

The Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is a group of Asian women who work together, pooling their resources and leveraging their networks, to award large community grants that support social change and services for the North Texas Asian community. Orchid members represent a wide range of Asian cultures, ages, ethnicities, and professions with the goal of increasing awareness of local Asian population, community needs, and knowledge about philanthropy.

Our History

The Orchid Giving Circle was established in 2015 by 12 founding members and led by Sejal Desai, Grants; Caren Lock, Secretary; and Cynthia Yung, Chair.

  • Number of Members in 2015 – 12
  • Number of Members in 2021 – 65
  • Number of Members in 2022 – 76

In the past 7 years, we have awarded over $1,095,000 in grants to 29 different organizations.

Areas we have funded:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Healthcare
  • Civic engagement
  • Art & culture
  • Social services

The Orchid Giving Circle was created because less than 1% of philanthropic dollars are invested in Asian-American communities, and Asian-Americans have been historically under-represented as funders and as grant recipients.

To learn more about joining Orchid, please email theorchidgivingcircle@gmail.com.

Please review grant application details below.

Giving Circle Officers

(listing as of February 2021)

Click here to view member bios

2021-2023 Executive Team Members

Mylinh Luong, Chair
Radhika Zaveri, Secretary/Communications and Social Media Chair
Gowri Sharma, Grants Committee Chair

Jean Chao, Treasurer
Arang Cistuli, Membership Chair
Cynthia Yung, Past Chair


Each year Orchid seeks funding proposals from North Texas-based non-profit organizations located in the Dallas, Collin and Tarrant Counties that empower Asian women and girls to achieve their potential, but also support the underserved community of North Texas Asians in general. This year Orchid will award one-year grants up to $20,000.

For more information http://orchidgivingcircle.org/

Contact us at  TheOrchidGivingCircle@gmail.com

2021 Grantees

Orchid Grant Guidelines

Orchid Grants History