The application period for philanthropies is now open! To apply, download the application form here (Word or PDF). Applications must be received by March 31, 2023 (no exceptions) to be considered.
Every year, the San Diego Chinese Women’s Association awards funding to organizations in greater San Diego that promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Chinese culture, and/or provide relief and services to the Chinese community in particular and to other groups as the membership decides.

Philanthropy awards are given twice a year, in December and in June:

1. Holiday donations to organizations, charities, and/or families in need are awarded in December. Our 2022 holiday fundraising efforts surpassed our fundraising goals and successfully provided for 7 families identified for us through the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC), Social Advocates for Youth SD (SAY SD), and Serving Seniors. These funds helped the families navigate their daily living issues and enjoy a brighter holiday than anticipated.

2. Philanthropy funds are awarded in June. Award amounts vary, depending on the availability of funding and the number of recipients. In 2022, we awarded $12,000 to ten organizations. Some of our past recipients include: Alliance of Chinese Americans San Diego (ACA), The Elizabeth Hospice, Friends of READ San Diego Literacy Program, House of China, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Olivewood Gardens (ICF Ctr for Cross Border Philanthropy), Pacific Arts Movement, Social Advocates for Youth SD (SAY SD), and Storytellers of San Diego.

Agencies and organizations desiring to apply for an SDCWA philanthropy award are required to fill out an application and submit by the deadline, March 31, 2023. To apply, download and complete the application form (PDF, Word, or scan) and email it, along with a copy of your organization’s latest annual report or Statement of Financial Activities, to: by Friday, March 31, 2023. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

For more information or questions about philanthropy awards, send an email to: or fill out the form below and the Philanthropy Committee Co-Chairs will get back to you as soon as possible.

Last updated 01/03/2023