How to Create Social Change with Collective Hmong Philanthropy

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Southgate Meeting Room

6132 66th Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95823

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Let’s talk about collective giving and the state of our Hmong community in the US!

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Join us for an inspiring FREE workshop and panel discussion about our Hmong community, philanthropy and giving circles. Together we will explore practical solutions for closing the gap in solving some of our social issues in the Hmong community. Our expert panelists will share insights about philanthropy, community services, and other innovative projects from both their individual and collective perspectives.

In this FREE two-hour workshop followed by a one-hour panel discussion, you’ll gain knowledge about collective grantmaking through facilitated discussion, interactive breakout session and learn:

• How to identify and write your personal giving mission statement so that you can confidently give based on your own personal values.

• How to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of nonprofits, how grantmaking works in giving circles and what the issues are in the Hmong community across the US.

• How together we can spearhead a giving movement to further our shared vision to improve the lives of our Hmong people nationwide and internationally and one that will lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions for our community now but also in the future.


  • Saturday, September 28
  • 12:30 PM – 04:00 PM
  • Southgate Meeting Room
  • 6132 66th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95823


  • 12:30 - 12:40 PM | Check In
  • 12:40 - 02:40 PM | Workshop
  • 02:40 - 03:00 PM | Break & Networking
  • 03:00 - 04:00 PM | Panel Discussion


  • Cynthia Yongvang, Co-Founder and Chair of the Hmong Impact Giving Network
  • Kao Choua Vue, Co-Founder of the Hmong Impact Giving Network


  • Annie Lee, Co-Founder of Hmong Women Today
  • Crystal Lee, Realtor & Community Organizer
  • Koua Franz, Co-Owner of John Gooder LLC


This event is free to attend but a donation of any amount is very much appreciated.


Members of the Hmong community and Hmong professionals who are interested in making a difference in their community and want to be more engaged in communal conversations about shared values and democratic grantmaking.


The Hmong Impact Giving Network would like to also welcome members of the Hmong community with different mobility abilities to join us at this event. The library and restrooms in the library are ADA approve and there is a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the venue entrance.


Parking is limited at the library parking lot but there's plenty of parking spaces.


This workshop is made possible with a microgrant 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.

What Are Giving Circles?

Giving circles are grassroot groups that enable individuals to pool their money and their time as volunteers to support organizations of mutual interest. They also provide opportunities for education and engagement among members about philanthropy and social change, connecting them to charities, their communities, and each other. The grassroots aspect of the giving circle model and the democratic way in which they operate—one person, one vote in charitable decision-making—ensure that each voice counts.

About the Hmong Impact Giving Network (HIGN)

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.

About Hmong Women Today

Hmong Women Today (HWT)​ is a community benefit organization of women empowering women aiming to create opportunities for women to connect, empower and thrive. We believe that when a woman comes to know herself deeply and harnesses her creative power, she’s an asset to her family and her community. As a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, a woman who truly knows her worth and power, exudes CONFIDENCE, COMPASSION, and LOVE. Leading by example, she guides our children and uplifts our men while being a positive influence to all those around her.

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Southgate Meeting Room

6132 66th Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95823

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