capital campaign


In 1969, CAA opened its first one-room office at 250 Columbus Street, and later migrated to Clay Street, Jackson Street, Waverly Place, and Stockton Street. In 1984, Lien Ying and Simmone Kuo generously gave CAA a permanent home at 17 Walter U. Lum Place. Facing Portsmouth Square Park, the location is also the site of San Francisco’s first book store dating back to 1849.

Dedicated to the Kuo family, the historic three-floor building was re-designed by a team led by architects Phil Choy, Larry Mock, and Ron Wallace. During the past 30 years, the Kuo Building has housed CAA staff and been a critical hub for direct services, training workshops, press conferences, education forums, and private receptions. The Kuo Building has hosted everyday people as well as members of Congress and the Cabinet of the United States.


Support for the Kuo Building will help bring CAA into the future. CAA is pleased to announce a capital campaign to raise $700,000 to continue the cause of civil rights, maintain CAA’s presence in San Francisco Chinatown, and support next generation social justice leaders.

  • Improved accessibility. To serve the entire community, the Kuo Building requires renovations to improve accessibility to the full range of CAA services and activities.
  • Modernized workspace. With more collaboration and external partnerships occurring, the Kuo Building will be updated to leverage current organizing approaches and new technology tools.
  • Tailored community service. With its central and historic location in Chinatown, the CAA community room will be re-focused to meet community needs not currently addressed by new public spaces in Chinatown.
  • Building a legacy. Having successfully housed CAA for more than 45 years, renovations and new funds for the Kuo Building will ensure continued advocacy and community service for generations to come.


Katheryn Fong, Co-Chair
Randall Lowe, Co-Chair
Henry Der
Paul Fong
Ricky Ho
Emily Leung
Emily Lee
Frances Lee
Rolland Lowe
Simon Teng
Kathy Turner
Germaine Q Wong


CAA thanks the following community heroes for their leadership gifts of $50,000 to $100,000:

Emily Lee
Frances and Frankie Lee
John and Caroline Lee
Rolland and Kathy Lowe
Germaine Q Wong

We also thank Mock/Wallace Architects for providing significant in-kind contributions to reduce the cost of renovations.


Visionary    $100,000
Benefactor  $50,000 to $99,999
Pacesetter   $25,000 to $49,999
Champion   $10,000 to $24,999
Partner        $5,000 to $9,999
Supporter   $2,500 to $4,999
Friend         $1,000 to  $2,499

Donors at these levels will receive recognition inside the CAA building.

To Donate and Learn More

Donations can be made by credit card, check, or stock transfer. Please contact Susan Hsieh, Development Manager, at (415) 274-6760 x303 or shsieh(at) for more information.