We recently came across this inspiring video by our friends at the East Bay Community Foundation highlighting Ed Chan, a retired AAA executive who has made great impacts on the community through his foundation’s giving. Though he and wife May have always valued philanthropy, it was after her death that he created the Edward and May Yee Chan Memorial Foundation to honor her passion for giving. The foundation currently supports causes ranging from health services to libraries, but may be most well-known for its programs to build children’s leadership skills and community engagement.
Though Ed’s story was certainly inspiring on its own, the video caught our attention because it was a great example of local, Chinese-American philanthropy in action. Many aren’t aware of the resources available to them through community foundations and we hope to raise more awareness of these options for giving within the Chinese-American community. We know there are many like Ed out there who want to give back, but don’t yet know they can benefit from the strategic eye of a philanthropy advisor or the network of a community foundation (in this case, EBCF). Donor education is key to impactful philanthropy and we hope to see more examples like this video in the future!