While KRC has operated for over three decades, it did not begin to seek funding beyond the Korean American community until 1999. For example, KRC purchased its current home with community donations from literally thousands of individuals who contributed between $1 to a $1,000. No corporate or foundation support was sought. Yet, in the late 1990s, as KRC deepened its work on local issues ranging from health access to immigrant rights, the organization saw the need to institutionalize its work in order to present a progressive Korean American voice to larger civil rights and immigrant rights agenda. In 1999, KRC received a significant grant from a local foundation enabling it to pay its then volunteer staff. Since that time, KRC’s budget has increased from less than $40,000 to $400,000.
Today, KRC has seven full-time staff and nine full or part-time interns and program fellows ranging from their early twenties to over 65 years of age, who are bilingual or proficient in Korean, and who all have a deep political commitment to KRC’s mission. KRC is supported by 88 active leaders/volunteers trained to work in various programs. KRC has 200 dues-paying members, 150 members in six organizing committees, 450 supporters, 5,000 campaign participating members and 11,000 community members who receive services and assistance annually.