Donors

There is no particular type of person who makes a gift to AAGC. They are a diverse group of individuals who come from every background imaginable, each with their own reasons for giving.

What they do have in common is their belief that there is strength in collective giving; through pooling of funds, AAGC has proven that it is more effective and has powerful impact than giving by individual contributions.

Learn more about some of our donors and see the work they do first-hand in making a great difference in the lives of many Houston Asian Americans.

DANA FUJIKO HEATHERTON
Shell Oil

HOBBIES:
Travelling, going to the theater, playing and watching basketball, tennis, cultural arts and cooking

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
U.S. – Japan council, Leadership Houston, Japanese American National Museum, Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston, Little Tokyo Service Center, Japanese American Citizens League, Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

“Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu” (Translation: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”) – Dana Heatherton

 

ROGENE GEE CALVERT
Director
Outreach Strategies

HOBBIES:
Volunteering, watching Movies/TV, cooking and entertaining, spending time with friends and family

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Health Coalition/HOPE Clinic, Houston 80-20 PAC, Blueprint Houston, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Care for Elders, Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston, Asian American Family Services, OCA, UH Hobby Center for Public Policy, Gee Family Association and Scholarship Fund, Center for Asian Pacific American Women

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy” – Kahlil Gibran

 

Donna Fujimoto Cole
President/CEO
Cole Chemicals & Distributing Inc.

Donna began her career in the chemical industry working for Del Ray Chemical. She worked her way up to VP and became a 26 percent owner of Del Ray as well as a 3 percent owner of its parent company, Gold King Chemicals. Donna later started her own business at the request of clients such as Shell, DuPont, Monsanto and Exxon who valued her passion for customer service. Today, under Donna’s leadership, Cole Chemical still does business with those clients plus many more. She now has multiple clients in all 50 states plus many foreign countries. In 2009, Houston Woman Magazine named Donna one of Houston’s 50 most influential women.

HOBBIES:
Golf, Cooking, Growing Herbs, and Sharing Knowledge

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
American Chemical Society, American Leadership Forum, Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston, Asian Society Texas, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, Boy’s Scouts of America, CASE, Center For Asian Pacific American Women, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Children’s Defense Fund, Diversity Summit, Girl Scouts of America, Helping A Hero, Hermann Park Conservancy – Japanese Garden, Harris County Department of Education-ECOBOT, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston Holocaust Museum, Houston’s Kids, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, Houston Parks Board, Inspire Women, Japanese American Citizens League, Japan America Society-Japan Festival, Junior Achievement, Museum Fine Arts-Asian Art Gallery, National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, University of St Thomas, US Japan Council, SEARCH, Society for Asian Engineers and Scientists, Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance – Texas, WWII National Museum.

 

Mandy Kao
VP of Operations, Titan Management
Founder, Mandy Kao Foundation

HOBBIES:
Meditating, working-out, volunteering with her children, reaching out to young girls and women to inspire them to be their best version of themselves – to be strong, smart and confident.

Through the Mandy Kao Foundation, Kao focuses on scholarships as well as sponsoring free after school programs in apartment communities and in elementary schools in Houston.

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Catholic Charities, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, YMCA of Greater Houston, SEARCH Homeless Services, Asian American Family Service, Urban Outreach Inc., Skills 4 Living, Aids Foundation Houston, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association – Houston, Girls Inc, Inspire Women, Ek Disha, Bhutanese Community of Houston Canaan Bhutanese Church, Community Cloth, Houston Refuge, Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa


JEAN WONG WILSON

Knowledge Management Advisor
Shell Oil

I interview Subject Matter Experts to collect Best Practices and Lessons Learned to share knowledge and help staff work more efficiently.

HOBBIES:
Teaching Asian cultural awareness to the Houston Police Department, Volunteering with the United Way and Spoiling my precious grandson Owen

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston, the United Way, Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

“Helping others reach for a new day rejuvenates us in ways that another margarita-soaked vacation, more stuff, a fatter resume, or a super-sized house can’t begin to”. – Susan Skog author of “The Give-Back Solution”

 

FAYE CHIN
Special Events / Facilities Rental – Event Planner
Asia Society TX Center

HOBBIES:
Cooking, Reading, Ballroom Dancing

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Family Services, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, International Trade Center

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

“Supporting AAGC is a wonderful way for our group to screen all the worthy Asian non-profits that need monetary support and when we give to an organization as a group the amount is more significant.” – Faye Chin

 

CONNIE KWAN-WONG
Founder, CKW Collection, Inc.
Founder of Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation
Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer specializing in Congenital Heart Disease 
Memorial Hermann Hospital

HOBBIES:
Spreading happiness and joy to others, giving back to the community

Through Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation, Connie focuses on raising awareness about the immediate problems and issues facing the children in Houston, how best to address these issues, and to serve as a bridge between the community and reputable charitable organizations.

Also,  through CKW Collection, Connie combines her two passions: beauty with charity. She always donate part of the sales to charitable organizations.

Connie  believes looking beautiful can also make you feel great by giving back to the community.

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Kids Meals, Children’s Defense Fund, Families Empowered, Asian American Family Service and other reputable charitable organizations.

Connie believes the purpose of her life is to help others and her mission is to serve and protect the children of Houston through her philanthropy.

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

“Giving is better than receiving. Love the people around you and help the people who need you.” – Connie Kwan-Wong

 

CHRISTY PANIS POISOT
Lead for Information Risk Management CIO office
Shell Oil

HOBBIES:
Helping WWII Forgotten Filipino Soldiers to be recognized, empowering women by mentoring them in career development, looking for Filipino interviewees for the Houston Asian American Archives, writing a book about grandfather’s experience in WWII, blogging http://www.american-filipina.blogspot.com

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Rice University Chao Center Advisory Board member, Center for Asian Pacific American Women, Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute Fellow, Asia Society Texas, Girl Scout

This quote explains why I support the Asian American Giving Circle:

 “For it is in giving that we receive” – St. Francis of Assisi

Tina Walker
Owner
DMDG & Associates, LLC

HOBBIES:
Yoga, Scuba Diving & Politics

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association – Houston, Chinese American Citizens Alliance – Houston, Miss Chinatown Houston Scholarship Pageant, Gee Family Association Education Fund, SEARCH Homeless Services, Our Global Village, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society


Kim Szeto

Chief Executive Office
Asian American Family Services

HOBBIES:

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston

Sneha Merchant

HOBBIES:

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston

 

Christina Zhou

HOBBIES:

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston

 

 Grace Chi

HOBBIES:

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston

Hiru Mathur

HOBBIES:

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston

 

Betty Gee

HOBBIES:

NONPROFITS SUPPORTED:
Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston