• 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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  • 2020 Grantee

    Asian-American Women's Political Initiative

    Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

    Saffron Circle awarded the asian community Emergency Relief fund with a $5,000 grant. Asian Immigrant Individuals and families disproportionately impacted by the pandemic received aid to help pay for essential needs such as housing, groceries and utility bills.

  • 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.


    2021 funding areas pending. Please visit this page this spring 2021 grantmaking updates.



    Pending - please visit this page in the spring for updates.


    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.