• 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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  • Last Year's Grantees

    Asian-American Women's Political Initiative

    Saffron Circle awarded QARI with a $7,500 grant to support a range of services dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Quincy. Services will include free citizenship education to help new immigrants navigate the naturalization process and mobilizing clients to exercise their right to vote upon becoming citizens.

    Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell

    a $7,500 grant to support the only immigrant and refugee leadership program in Revere. Funds will support their civic engagement program which will provide Revere youth with educational workshops on civic and social issues, and mobilize youth to conduct voter registration and outreach.

  • 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. 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.


    The funding foci of 2019 are:

    • Youth development (with a preference for intergenerational engagement)
    • Civic engagement (including voter engagement and community activism efforts)


    Saffron Circle's grantee application process will begin in March 2019, with applications due by May 1, 2019. Members meet through the months of March, April and May with decisions made by the beginning of June.


    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.