Kit Chan is the founder of the Giving Circle Fund. Born in Hong Kong, Kit immigrated to the U.S. when she was thirteen years old. As with many immigrants, she could not speak English and found herself struggling to assimilate into her new environment. Fortunately, she found refuge in a non-profit organization in Chinatown, New York that mentored children though after-school and summer programs. The impact of this organization remains with her to this day as she fondly remembers the educational and emotional support she received as a teenager. Now, as a follower of Christ, she remembers the grace that was extended to her as a child and hopes to do the same for others . In 2007, Kit and a close group of friends decided to build the Giving Circle Fund to improve the quality of life for at-risk children around the world. She hopes to provide children with safe spaces to be empowered, supported, and mentored, regardless of their circumstances.
Anne Shu is the Executive Director of the Giving Circle Fund. Anne immigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. in 1975. She began her career as a bilingual legal secretary in New York, but after marriage she left to help her husband to manage his garment manufacture and real estates businesses. They now have four adult children. Anne lives in New Jersey and works in New York to this day and has been serving the Chinese community there for many years now. She desires to expand the philanthropic work that she does to serve more communities around the world. Serving as Executive Director at the Giving Circle Fund has allowed her to devote more time towards charitable causes she firmly believes in.
Doris Chew is the Associate Director of the Giving Circle Fund. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950’s and worked hard to provide for their four children. Despite growing up with great financial difficulty, Doris and her three siblings were fortunate to have loving and involved parents and a small, stable, and supportive circle of friends. Doris graduated from NYU School of Law, practiced insurance regulatory and corporate law in law firms and corporations while raising her two daughters. Doris believes that it would have been difficult to succeed if it had not been for the strong support system she found in her family and friends. Through the Giving Circle Fund, Doris wants to create support systems for children in need so they can thrive and remember that they are not alone.
Andrew Chan is the Chief Legal Officer of the Giving Circle Fund. Andrew graduated law school in 2009 and entered private practice in civil litigation. When he began practicing law, his goal was to achieve financial success to fund a high standard of living. After encountering Jesus Christ in 2013, his life mission completely changed. The enormity of God's love compelled him to seek opportunities to pour love into underprivileged communities around the world. Giving Circle Fund was one such opportunity.
Currently, in addition to his work with ministries and NGO's in Cambodia, India, Africa and the greater New York area, he provides financial and volunteer support to GCF. His volunteer support for GCF includes weekly mentoring of two boys from an underprivileged family in Chinatown, New York.
Man Ying Mok is the President of the Giving Circle Fund. Man Ying was born in New Territory, Hong Kong and rais ed in a very modest environment. She became an elementary school
teacher and taught for a few yea rs until she quit her job to as sist her husband in his textile business. They worked together for 35 years and raised five beautiful daughters. Their business continues to flo urish as well as th eir now adult children. Man Ying has been t he leader of the Care Committee at her church for over twenty years and remains very active in volunteer work. Her heart to serve others led her to commit to the Giving Circle Fund, which serves communities very much like the one she was raised in.
Jennifer Chew is the Secretary of the Giving Circle Fund. Deeply impacted by her parent’s immigration stories, Jennifer remembers the hardships her parents endured and the sacrifices they made in order to raise a family in the U.S. With only a small network of friends and extended family to rely on, her parents were able to survive. Jennifer grew up in a low income neighborhood in NYC but never felt as though she was at a disadvantage because of her tight knit family and a small group of caring friends. Her friends and family continue to provide a nurturing environment to her two daughters. The Giving Circle Fund gives Jennifer the opportunity to similarly create positive environments for others in order to make a difference in individuals lives.
Pui and Peter Ng are Treasurers of the Giving Circle Fund. The Ng’s immigrated from Hong Kong to New York in the late 1960s and lived in NYC until 1988. Today they live in New Jersey and have been happily married for over thirty years with two adult children. When the idea to start the Giving Circle Fund was discussed amongst their friends, the Ng’s were eager to get involved and support communities in need.
Jeff Chan is the Media and Content Director of the Giving Circle Fund. As a first-generation Chinese American, he grew up surrounded by American culture, while having many aspects of Chinese culture imparted to him through his family. His goal through his work in film and television is to positively adjust the cultural identity of the Asian-American population. Through the Giving Circle Fund, he hopes to help Asian-American children in support and care, as well as helping them understand that what makes them different is not something to be ashamed of, but empowered and overjoyed by.
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