FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hmong Impact Giving Network Received $5,000 to Build Awareness and Start Giving Circles in Hmong Communities in the US
Seattle, WA (July, 2019) – Giving circles have gained momentum in America in the last decade because they offer a way to meaningfully engage people in giving by pooling their financial resources and in engaging their communities to solve social issues. According to a recent report from the Lilly School of Philanthropy, the number of giving circles have tripled to 1,500 between 2007 and 2017, and giving circles have given as much as $1.29 billion in that time to various social causes.
For the 350,000 Hmong who now live in the US, most having arrived from Southeast Asia in the past 40 years, collective giving within extended families and clans is an established practice in Hmong culture but giving circles can also help bridge the gap between that giving and more formalized philanthropy. This microgrant of $5,000 from a group of giving circle networks and leaders and part of a sustained effort supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lodestar Foundation, Bank of America, and 17 other funders will be used by the Hmong Impact Giving Network (HIGN) to build awareness in Hmong communities and start new Hmong giving circles in the US to tackle their own community issues.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding and start educating our community about giving circles. We believe that this will be a game changer on how we support each other to address the challenges and opportunities within our own community because we are from the community. We also believe that philanthropy should be inclusive and not just reserved for those who are very wealthy by engaging everyone as Hmong philanthropists, regardless of clanship, family ties, socio-economic or educational status to be part of the solutions for our current issues.” said Cynthia Yongvang, co-founder and chair of the Hmong Impact Giving Network.
As part of this grant, HIGN will hold educational workshops about philanthropy and giving circles in several states including MN, WI, CA, NC, AK, OR and WA. The workshops would also include a panel discussion with local key leaders in philanthropy, nonprofit and business to share their perspective about the state of the Hmong community in the US and their respective work to help improve their community.
The Hmong Impact Giving Network (formerly the Hmong Impact Giving Circle) is a national network of Hmong giving circles in the US that strives to cultivate effective Hmong philanthropists, strengthening Hmong nonprofits and investing in collaborative solutions and relationships to tackle our Hmong community’s social challenges. The Hmong Impact Giving Network’s mission is to unite and build a community of Hmong philanthropists to invest together in their communities and is a fiscally sponsored project of Philanthropy Northwest in Seattle, WA, a network of grantmakers in six states.