Committed to investing in and enabling global equality through education.


Planting hope, promoting education, and practicing love.

Our Core Beliefs

Our mission is to construct global communities that fight poverty and promote innovation through Entrepreneurship, Scholarship, and Service

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Plant Hope

The next generation is our future.  The world will become a better place when we invest our resources into the next generation.

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Promote Education

Financial self-sufficiency dignifies human life.  Poverty can be avoided and hope will be granted with effective training and education.

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Practice Love

We believe the best way to love others is to embrace people where they are.  With a Do-No-Harm approach, we partner together to bring change and hope throughout the globe. 

Listen. Equip. Empower. Repeat.

The D.K. Kim Foundation is an international organization

If you want your mind to grow, you must first plant a seed. – D.K. Kim, Founder

Our Work Throughout The Years

We are committed to investing in and enabling global equality through education. Individuals are empowered, communities are transformed, and our world is changed when sustainable solutions are discovered, developed and implemented.



○ DK Kim Foundation is established as a private non-profit 501(c)(3)


○ UC Berkeley Executive Classroom completed at Haas School of Business
○ UC Berkeley Revolving Grant program offered to MBA students at Haas School of Business


○ Westminster Seminary California Scholarship created


○ UC Berkeley International Business Development (IBD) teams conduct feasibility studies in Cambodia
○ D.K. Kim Cambodia Foundation is established in the Kingdom of Cambodia


○ Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club High School Scholarship created
○ Azusa Pacific University graduate students conduct feasibility study in Cambodia


○ D.K. Kim Cambodia Foundation signed Education Cooperation Agreement


○ D.K. Kim Fellowship Endowment Fund established at UC Berkeley – $500,000


○ Asia America Symphony Association Scholarship Fund created


○ Additional $800,000 donated to the  D.K. Kim Fellowship Endowment Fund at UC Berkeley
○ First group of students hosted at USC for D.K. Kim Int’l Service Fund & D.K. Kim Summer Scholars Program


○ DK Kim Korea and “Smile for Children” provide free surgical operations in Cambodia to correct cleft lips & palates
○ USC Kim Integrated Health Management Initiative (KIHMI) begins a 5-year feasibility study in Colombia
○ Asia America Youth Symphony conducts joint concert in Los Angeles, CA – “Seoul to Soul”
○ D.K. Kim Korea donates 3,000 dental hygiene products to the residents in Preah Vihear, Cambodia
○ Loyola Marymount University launches the D.K. Kim Lecture Series and Movie Screenings
○ D.K. Kim Korea supplies pediatric furniture and wheelchairs to the National Pediatric Hospital in Cambodia
○ D.K. Kim Korea supplies soccer uniforms and balls for students in Congo, Kenya, and Zambia
○ D.K. Kim Korea sponsors Seoul City Street Festival with Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
○ D.K. Kim Korea provides scholarships for African students studying at Daegu University in Korea.


○ D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science $5 million Endowment Fund created at USC
○ Sponsored students from Yonsei University to participate in USC’s Regulatory Science 2018 Summer Program
○ Asia America Youth Symphony joint concert in Seoul, Korea – “Play the Dream”


○ Co. Act Scholarship funded by D.K. Kim Foundation
○ Sponsored Google CSSIx summer program at Loyola Marymount University
○ Sponsored  students from Yonsei University to participate in USC’s Regulatory Science 2019 Summer Program
○ Korean American Special Education Center receives a donation for educational programs
○ Supported students to participate in Summer Opportunity for Advanced Research (SOAR) at LMU
○ Good Lab Established at LMU College of Business
○ Korea-America Finance Association Eminent Scholar Award established


○ January – TGR Foundation Agreement signed
○ March – Colombian cohort of educators begin virtual STEM training with TGR Foundation team
○ December – Universidad de Magdalena, Colombia MOU signed

Andrea Acedo Trueba – 2020-21 Recipient of the UC Berkeley D.K. Kim Fellowship

Haas has been a dream come true.  It is the perfect school for what I want to do (social entrepreneurship), and this generous award has allowed me to pivot into an industry that I am passionate about and is incredibly fulfilling and beneficial to society.

I always try to make my career decisions thinking about the impact that they can have on others.  My award has allowed me to keep this principle central in my life and figure out where in the social impact space I can go beyond myself and truly give my best towards a social goal.

Kai Ronald Nakkim – Recipient of 2018 Asia America Youth Symphony Scholarship

Dear Mr. D.K. Kim,

…With your encouragement, I will try my best and strive for greatness in any musical endeavor I encounter. This will allow me to use the talents that God has given me. I hope to use them to glorify Him. Thank you so much for blessing me with this scholarship. and most importantly, for believing in me. I will never forget you.