MASALA Giving Circle is Now Accepting Applications for 2014!

The MASALA Giving Circle is proud to continue another year of community giving to local organizations working with underserved and disadvantaged South Asian populations. We are now accepting applications from U.S. based nonprofit and community-based organizations for the 2014 grant cycle. Please view our “MASALA Giving Circle Request for Proposals_2014” document that details application requirements, process, and timeline. We look forward to another year of establishing strong long-term relationships with your organization!


Meet our first-year grantees!

We are excited to invite you to MASALA Giving Circle’s meet-and-greet on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7 – 9 pm at Urban Pace. Come meet our 2013 grantees and network with MASALA members and friends.

We’re proud of the $15,000 we raised in our first year of giving, but we know we can beat that total and increase our impact for groups helping disadvantaged and underserved South Asians in the DC area. Join us to learn more about our cause, our grantees, and our members. We would love for you to become a part of the powerful giving circle movement.

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Announcing MASALA’s first grantees

Last year, the MASALA Giving Circle mobilized donors from DCs South Asian community to focus their giving on local organizations working for the disadvantaged and underserved among us.

As a result, we raised $15,000 for these inspiring, deserving organizations:

chai_logo1) Counselors Helping South Asians Inc. (CHAI) takes a holistic approach to providing proactive, culturally competent information and referrals on mental health and wellness to the South Asian population.

dvrp_logo2) Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

zen_classic_logo3) Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APLRC) provides linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income Asian immigrants in the metropolitan D.C. area who have limited English proficiency.

Spicing Up Assets for Social Change

CFED invited MASALA Giving Circle Co-Chair Nisha Patel write a blog about our work!  You can read it it here.

End-of-Year Celebration: Thursday 12/12/13, 6:00 pm

The MASALA Giving Circle and the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle will be celebrating a successful year of grantmaking. Come mingle with members of each circle and meet the recipients of this year’s grants. Learn about the giving circle movement supported by Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), how we make a difference through community philanthropy, and how you can get involved next year. All are welcome!

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cafe St.-Ex

1847 14th Street, NW (14th & T)

Washington, DC

Metro: U Street (Green Line), 13th Street Exit

To RSVP, please click here, email, or call 703.579.1496.

MASALA Giving Circle is Now Accepting Applications!

The MASALA Giving Circle is now accepting applications from U.S. based nonprofit and community-based organizations. Please view our “MASALA Giving Circle Request for Proposals_2013” document that details application requirements, process, and timeline. We look forward to establishing strong long-term relationships with your organization!

WASHINGTON DeSi: South Asians in the Nation’s Capital

The South Asian Community Empowerment Project (SACE) released a report that aims to:

  • enhance collective understanding about the community of South Asians who live or work in Washington, D.C. with an emphasis on emerging trends;
  • set forth recommendations to policymakers, service providers and other stakeholders about how to effectively reach South Asians; and
  • provide appropriate legal services and education for the community, based on the information collected about pressing needs and gaps.

The report serves as a resource for MASALA Giving Circle members and the community in understanding the concerns and needs of the D.C. metro South Asian community.