• Saffron Circle

    funding social change in the Greater Boston Asian community

  • Our Mission

    Saffron Circle is a giving circle serving the Greater Boston Asian and Asian American community. Our members pool resources to provide critical support for non-profits, from established organizations to emerging programs. We seek to fund initiatives that will leverage our contributions and positively impact the Asian community.

  • History

    Founded in 2006, Saffon Circle is one of the nation's oldest Asian American giving circles.


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  • 2021 Grantees

    Revere Youth in Action

    Revere Youth in Action (RYiA)

    $3,000 general operating grant for the BIPOC-led youth organization in Revere, whose work focuses on education and racial justice. Specifically, this funding will provide support for its ethnic studies program in which BIPOC youth will develop a model ethnic study curriculum based on the Khmer experience in Revere under the guidance of Dr. Asha Chana, a social justice educator at Revere High School.

    Revere Youth in Action

    Asian Women For Health (AWFH)​

    $3,500 grant to support AWFH’s Achieving Whole Health program, which aims to address mental and physical health and wellbeing of Asian women. This virtual program employs a peer-to-peer model to empower Asian women to develop whole health goals and enact behavior changes for healthier lives. Participants of the program will have the opportunity to apply and be trained as peer facilitators, in turn creating greater impact in the community. The program aims to shift attitudes about mental health, build participants' capacity for self care and self-efficacy, and prevent crisis situations by addressing physical and mental health concerns.

    New England Bangladeshi American Foundation (NEBAF)​

    New England Bangladeshi American Foundation (NEBAF)​

    $3,500 grant to provide general operating support for NEBAF, which serves immigrant communities from Bangladeshi and other South Asian countries. NEBAF aims to improve cultural cooperation, access to jobs and civic engagement through cross cultural programs, job fair, and a public campaign focused on education on local government processes over the next year.

  • Join Saffron Circle

    As a Saffron Circle member, you are welcome to participate in the grantmaking process and help transform the Greater Boston Asian community.


    You can join Saffron Circle with an annual tax-deductible contribution of $250 or more. An introductory membership level of $100 per year is also available for students and young professionals. As an entirely volunteer run giving circle, 100% of your proceeds will be paid directly to grantee organizations.


    Saffron Circle is a fee-waived, donor-advised fund at The Boston Foundation. We are a member of the AAPIP National Giving Circle Network.

  • Apply for a Grant


    Saffron Circle grants generally range from $5,000-10,000. Saffron Circle grants will also target collaborative models, organizations/projects that directly engage members of Asian communities to create change in their community, and new and emerging agencies.



    Applications typically open by late April. The 2021 grant cycle has ended. Please check back later.


    Saffron Circle funds non-profit organizations serving Asian and Asian American communities in Massachusetts. For non-Asian organizations, funds will only be rewarded for programs directly related to serving Asians or Asian Americans. Eligible organizations must be located in Massachusetts and tax-exempt (either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(3)-sponsored).


    Saffron Circle does not make grants to individuals, scholarships/fellowships, programs with religious purposes, political parties/candidates, government organizations, or building campaigns.