Karen Organization of San Diego (KOSD) received the Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance from the University of San Diego (USD) recognizing our good governing board on January 25, 2019! According to the USD, “Nonprofit governance works best when viewed through three lenses: fiduciary, strategic and generative. Good boards are dedicated volunteers who understand which lens to apply at any given time, to provide leadership that enhances an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.” KOSD is so proud of our board members who are our best supporters. Thank you so much University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) for this great recognition. This is our motivation to keep moving forward!


Karen Organization of San Diego (KOSD) was established in 2009 to meet the needs of Karen and other ethnic minority groups from Burma who reside in San Diego. Karen Organization of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Karen Organization of San Diego is committed to the educational and social enhancement of various ethnic minority groups from Burma who reside in San Diego. KOSD programs include, but are not limited to, helping refugees to navigate the welfare, healthcare, education, law enforcement, and public safety systems in the U.S., as well as providing leadership opportunities for youth and adults, connecting refugees from Burma with employment, community empowerment programs, and tutoring and English language training. At the same time, KOSD is a community and cultural space where refugees from Burma can explore their new home together through a strong community support system, while remembering and maintaining their cultural heritage.