Grace Cheung

Giving allows me to be part of the change-making process.

Location: New York, New York

Profession: Digital Communications Director

Twitter Handle: @gracecheung

What was the first gift you ever gave?: I honestly don’t recall, but it was probably to the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

What is your charity of choice?: Upwardly Global, which helps skilled immigrants rebuild their livelihoods and careers in the United States.

Who inspires you to give?: I have always admired strong Asian American women in philanthropy such as Liz OuYang, advocate who ran The Fund for New Citizens, BJ Sung, a corporate philanthropy leader in my church community, and members of the Asian Women Giving Circle supporting women-led Asian American organizations in NYC.

What motivates you to give?: Giving allows me to be part of the change-making process and have a small but critical impact on people’s lives and causes I believe in, such as human rights, economic empowerment and poverty alleviation. And it’s great to support my friends’ work and stay involved in the nonprofit sector, which I am passionate about. Check out the Women’s Refugee Commission which really got me started!

What advice do you have for others to consider giving?: Be creative, practice generosity and have fun!



Julia Levy, Founder, has a decade of development experience, including working for a philanthropist, a small nonprofit and now a large nonprofit. She has raised significant dollars for numerous causes, from education to religion and from donors of all ages. Julia holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Julia has taught fundraising workshops, most recently at Brooklyn Brainery and coached development professionals.

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