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 900 Crenshaw Blvd, #B
 Los Angeles, CA 90019
[P] (323) 9373718
[F] (323) 9373526
[email protected]
Jonathan Paik
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Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-3879699 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

The Korean Resource Center was founded in 1983 to empower low-income, immigrant, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and communities of color in Southern California.

Mission Statement

The Korean Resource Center was founded in 1983 to empower low-income, immigrant, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and communities of color in Southern California.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $2,658,532.00
Projected Revenue $2,062,820.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Immigrant Rights Project
  • Health Access Program
  • Civic Engagement

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Mission Statement

The Korean Resource Center was founded in 1983 to empower low-income, immigrant, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and communities of color in Southern California.

Background Statement

The Korean Resource Center was founded in 1983 to empower low-income, immigrant, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and communities of color in Southern California. Using a holistic approach, KRC strives to empower our community by integrating services, education, culture, organizing, and coalition building, all of which seek to improve the life of the individual and the community. KRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Social services allow us to provide much-needed assistance to our community and integrate them into our organizing work. Education helps individuals assess and critically analyze the issues that affect the community. Culture roots us as communities of color and immigrants living in the U.S. Organizing equips community members with the tools and capacity to find solutions to issues that affect them and direct and implement strategies for social change. Finally, Coalition Building ensures that all communities can move forward together.

Impact Statement

  1. Led campaigns to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with a 22-day, 24-hour vigil in front of the White House and educated Congress on the urgency of passing the Dream Act in Washington DC and Orange County.
  2. Provided pre-consultations to 4,669 community members on naturalization, DACA, green card renewals, and other immigration related legal services. Assisted with the completion of 1,225 applications.
  3. Assisted community members in need of affordable housing and completed 547 Section 8 voucher applications within 10 days. Out of these, 89 vouchers were selected for the program.
Goals for 2018
  1. Launch a #Health4All Orange County Community Campaign.
  2. Direct Service provision including naturalization, DACA, and legal case work around eligibility screening and deportation cases to over 1000 community members in Orange County.
  3. Pass State Ballots :  Prop 13 Reform and Costa Hawkins Repeal.
  4. Protect & Strengthen CA State-enacted “Values Act,” State Sanctuary Law.
  5. Federal Immigration - Protect DACA, Family Reunification, TPSs, Diversity Visa Program, Protection from the deportation for non-citizens with or without past convictions.

Needs Statement

  1. KRC is seeking to bring in law school students who are trained to do naturalization and do simple casework to help build the capacity of our Orange County’s emerging Immigrant Rights Program. As staffing becomes more and more limited after a concerted effort for outreach and education, KRC will continue to build capacity of its immigrant rights services. Such partnerships will be crucial for our staff to build as we build increased capacity for legal representation and direct services.

  2. KRC seeks to expand its multi-racial coalitions to conduct two joint naturalization fairs across Orange County in a time where naturalization is so crucial. With strong relationships with organizations such as Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) and the Orange County Labor Federation, KRC seeks to ensure that grassroots services are strengthened when the effort is multi-racial, multi-lingual, and intentional as KRC engages its base with a multi-pronged grassroots driven approach.

  3. Bilingual volunteers to assist us in developing community education materials and workshop content for the Korean American community in Orange County including Know Your Rights, rapid response, and self-care.

  4. The total program budget for these needs is $128,173. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Mail a check to our mailing address (900 Crenshaw Blvd #B, Los Angeles, CA 90019). Donate online at: Become a member at KRC, learn more here:, fill out the membership form here: Corporate Giving Programs with Amazon Smile: Sign up for our e-newsletter on the main page of our website: Volunteer with our housing program, health access program, or immigrant rights project:

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Of the 450,000 Korean Americans who reside in Southern California, an estimated 335,000 Korean Americans live in Los Angeles and Orange Counties where KRC maintains its offices. More than 70% are foreign-born, a significant percentage is recent immigrants, and 41% are LEP. Eighty percent of KRC clients are low-income based on government agency guidelines. Nationally, 17% of Korean Americans is undocumented. Moreover, in Orange County, Korean Americans have a higher rate of poverty than the aggregated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Orange County populations as a whole.

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
  3. -



Immigrant Rights Project

The Immigrant Rights Project (IRP) consists of legal services at KRC which includes the naturalization, DACA and higher education access (AB540 and California Dream Act) clinics. IRP also aims to educate the wider public on immigrant reform issues, advocate for commonsense policy reforms, and organizes immigrant communities.
Budget  $128,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Immigrants' Rights
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
  1. 1,000 Naturalization applications completed.

  2. 150 members served through IRP “Fee for Service”(family petion etc.).

  3. Conduct 10 IRP service workshops related to IRP services and financial empowerment.

Program Long-Term Success 

The Korean American community faced tremendous challenges and difficulties in the early 1990s. They included the Los Angeles Civil Unrest of 1992, Proposition 187 in 1994, and in 1996, the repeal of affirmative action as well as the signing of the welfare and immigration reform laws. These new laws and policies had a profound impact on Korean Americans, immigrants and ethnic minorities. It led to the unprecedented efforts to educate and mobilize Korean Americans towards the goal of defending and advancing immigrant rights. Our long term goal is for over 1,000 community members to receive application assistance, screening, and community education. 

Program Success Monitored By  All clients and cases are tracked in a Google Sheet daily and reviewed annually. The data is then entered into our Powerbase database, which allows us to create reports and review our progress.
Examples of Program Success 
Last year, IRP accomplished the following:
  1. Co-Organized the National DACA Video Tour in 18 cities with over 1,200 attendees and mobilized for the DACA rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
  2. Provided pre-consultation to 3,700 community members on Naturalization, DACA, Green Card Renewal and other immigration related legal services and assisted with the completion of 2,002 applications.

Health Access Program

The Korean Resource Center’s Health Access Program seeks to improve the health status of Korean Americans, foster a belief that health care should be incorporated into our daily lives and ensure Korean American representation in the health policy, funding, and education.

Budget  $43,139.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Health Insurance Counseling
Population Served Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 
  1. 1,000 consultation & 600 Health insurance enrollment for children/parent/senior.

Program Long-Term Success 
  1. To expand eligibility for public health benefits;
  2. To increase the number of affordable private health insurance options;
  3. To increase Korean American enrollment in public and private health insurance plans;
  4. To improve language access to public health coverage and private health insurance; and
  5. To provide medical services through the establishment of a local free clinic.
Program Success Monitored By  All clients and cases are tracked in a Google Sheet daily and reviewed annually. The data is then entered into our Powerbase database, which allows us to create reports and review our progress.
Examples of Program Success 
Provided consultation for 938 low income families and seniors and enrolled 549 individuals into public health insurance programs in 2016.

Civic Engagement

KRC pursues an integrated civic engagement program by bringing its holistic model of organizing, which combines services, education, culture, organizing and advocacy, into civic engagement. KRC trains and involves its staff, board and members in its organizing work that encompasses both electoral and non-electoral cycles, including voter engagement, legislative visits to congress members on immigration reform, town halls, public testimony at hearings, rallies, assisting community members through social services, and educational workshops.

We have two programs that civically engage youth and young adults, one is FOREground for high school youth and the other is called Leaders of the New School, which is for college age individuals.
Budget  $236,200.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

  1. KRC will have contacted at least 10,000 voters annually by mail, made 2 rounds per elections cycle of 10,000 phone calls, and precinct walked 3,000 voters doors per election.
  2. The gap between Korean American and overall voter turnout in north Orange County will have decreased by 10%, from a 14% gap in 2012 to a 12.6% gap in 2016. The current gap is 14% and 14% minus 1.4% (10% of 14%) is 12.6%.
  3. KRC’s base will deepen and expand with 200 dues-paying members, 25 core activists mobilized, and 10 neighborhood civic leaders who can educate local communities.
  4. KRC will have developed a voting bloc of 750 high-propensity voters with shared values
  5. A diverse coalition will educate the community on district elections, empowering Latino and AAPI communities.
  6. 5,000 community members are educated about district elections, 50 local AAPI faith, community, business, and elected leaders in Fullerton and Buena Park will be educated about civic engagement and district elections, and 1,000 community members are mobilized.

Program Long-Term Success 
Orange County becomes a county where grassroots services for Korean Americans can become easily accessible around issues of health access, immigration, housing, and financial literacy. Orange County will be able to provide in-language services through publicly funded programs to support our most impacted communities, including publicly funded programs around Health4All, in-language support at all municipal and county sponsored programs, and culturally relevant programs hosted by all municipalities with AAPI density.
Program Success Monitored By 
We track the number of volunteers mobilized, volunteers trained, voters contacted, voters identified, voters registered, individuals who receive community education, and community forums hosted daily in a Google spreadsheet and this is later entered into our Powerbase database, which allows us to create reports to analyze our progress. These numbers are reviewed annually. 
Examples of Program Success 
  1. KRC's Civic Engagement Program has grown 70% since 2012 and is now the largest program in KRC history.
  2. In 2016, 148 volunteers registered 7,648 voters.
  3. Our programs trained 14 future campaign managers.
  4. Through phone banking and canvassing, we reached over 30,000 voters.


CEO/Executive Director Dae Joong Yoon
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

DJ served as the KRC's Executive Director from 1998 to 2000, and 2003 to 2011, and is currently the Co-Executive Director of NAKASEC. Since 1992, he has worked in community education and organizing specifically in the areas of immigration policy, health access, civic participation, voting rights, environmental justice, and economic development. Dae also has supervised many community-led research projects such as the Asian American Voter Exit Poll, Building Health Community Focus Group, and Los Angeles City Services Survey. DJ was previously a Community Advisory Board member for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services and a Advisory Board member for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Strategic Concept in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE).

DJ is a 1.5 generation Korean American and is bilingual in English and Korean. He studied Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jung Woo Kim Membership Development Manager

Jung Woo's role is to focus and expand KRC's membership throughout the nation amongst Asian American & Pacific Islander communities. In addition, he will mobilize DACA youth. Jung Woo graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Kinesiology. With over 15 years of sales experience and a passion for immigrant rights and social justice, he is excited to work at a nonprofit organization for the first time. He recently completed a bike tour across the nation, which gave him the opportunity speak to a multitude of people.

Yongho Kim Director of Digital

Yongho Kim's interests are in improving the effectiveness of KRC's systems and processes with a focus on technology. He develops the organization's capacity with PowerBase/CiviCRM database implementation, VAN & PDI, websites, design, language and cognitive accessibility, videos, logistics and communications. Yongho first started working with databases in 1996, coordinated KRC's adoption of the California VoterConnect VAN in 2006, and participated in the New Organizing Institute's Advanced Data Bootcamp in 2011, and provided data assistance to MIV, Korea Times, National CAPACD and the City of Whittier.

Yongho studied Cultural Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. Before college, he lived 11 years in Chile with missionary parents, and is a session elder at Church of Peace, a Korean American PCUSA church.

Jonathan Paik Orange County Director

Jonathan is KRC's Orange County Director and was formerly the Campaign Manager at the Buena Park office, building and training a local and progressive base of Korean-Americans to work on issues across Orange County. Before working at the Korean Resource Center, he started his work in politics at the Bus Federation Civic Fund in Portland, Oregon, serving as the Operations Manager until December 2014. He also helped coordinate a campaign with the Urban League of Portland, collecting health equity surveys and signing low-income children up for healthcare.

Jenny Seon Immigrant Rights Project Director

Jenny Seon oversees legal services at KRC which includes the naturalization, DACA and higher education access (AB540 and California Dream Act) clinics. She also supervises the immigrant rights project aimed to educate the wider public on immigrant reform issues, advocate for commonsense policy reforms, and organizes immigrant communities. Prior to joining KRC, Jenny worked as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’s Asian Pacific Islander Outreach Unit. Jenny graduated from University of California, Irvine and holds a J.D. from La Verne College of Law.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Korean Resource Center The City of Los Angeles from Councilmember David E. Ryu 2017
Korean Resource Center Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA 2017
Korean Resource Center Community Health Promoters USC School of Social Work Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Caucus 2017
Korean Resource Center Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 2nd District Mark Ridley Thomas 2016
Champion of Change: Hee Joo Yoon of the Korean Resource Center The White House 2012
Korean Resource Center Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles 2010


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Board of Immigration Appeals - Accreditation 2015
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Housing Counseling Agency Certification 2006


  1. OC Civic Participation Initiative
  2. Ready CA
  3. OC Immigration Coalition
  4. ICE Out of OC

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 20
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 73%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 29
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 19
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair David Song
Board Chair Company Affiliation California State University at Northridge
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
John Choi Airbnb Voting
Sun Hee Choi Retired Voting
Suhee Kim Syncis Voting
Zu Kim Google Voting
Caroline Lee -- Voting
Kang Nam Lee Retired Voting
Kill Joo Lee Retired Voting
Angela Oh Community Volunteer Voting
Inbo Sim Community Volunteer Voting
Dae Joong Yoon KRC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 9
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,062,820.00
Projected Expenses $2,658,532.00
Form 990s

2017 KRC Form 990

2016 KRC Form 990

2015 KRC Form 990

2014 KRC Form 990

2013 KRC Form 990

2012 KRC Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 KRC Audit Report

2016 KRC Audit Report

2015 KRC Audit Report

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,811,308 $1,331,508 $920,983
Total Expenses $1,810,535 $1,325,615 $923,470

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$958,662 $2,803 $906,136
Government Contributions $668,130 $1,220,567 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $668,130 $1,220,567 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $30,325 $98,566 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,482 $4,202 $0
Membership Dues $66,217 -- $0
Special Events $86,492 $5,370 $14,847
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- -- $-14,847

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,252,270 $1,059,194 $876,144
Administration Expense $495,785 $265,991 $47,326
Fundraising Expense $62,480 $430 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 69% 80% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,167,611 $979,613 $1,127,023
Current Assets $1,086,434 $949,225 $636,948
Long-Term Liabilities $148,297 -- $236,429
Current Liabilities $276,690 $239,571 $150,541
Total Net Assets $742,624 $740,042 $740,053

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.93 3.96 4.23

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 13% 0% 21%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions


Other Documents

KRC Insurance Policy (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.