Impact for generations
Korean American Foundation
We as Korean Americans living in this great nation, have been enormously blessed. Because of our core values and principles, we desire to give back to our community to help the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our society. While our philanthropic interest is inclusive of all peoples, we have a particular interest in the welfare of the Korean American community. In response to this need, we have formed the Korean American Foundation (“KAF”) to be the trusted steward of charitable funds for our community. KAF was incorporated in October 2018.
WHY IT MATTERS?
Los Angeles County is home to 230,000 people of Korean descent, making up over a fifth of the country’s entire Korean population. This is the largest urban concentration of people of Korean descent outside of Korea.
Korean Americans make up the highest percentage of undocumented immigrants in the Asian American community.
The model minority myth creates an inaccurate perception that the Korean American community has no lack in resources, often leaving members of such communities neglected. In reality, data and resources serving the needs of the Korean American community are scarce.
High levels of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and linguistic isolation are real barriers to Korean Americans in accessing and utilizing needed resources.