Our Story

In August 2015, while we were sleeping in a campground in Yosemite, a massive tree branch fell on the tent in which our beloved son, Dragon Kim, and his dear friend, Justin Lee, were sleeping. Both boys died instantly – at the age of 14. Our hearts have been forever broken.


We established The Dragon Kim Foundation in our son’s honor to carry on his love of life, to make it possible for other young people to pursue interests in areas in which Dragon himself was passionate, and to help give others the access to a bright future.


Dragon and a few friends had gathered not long ago to discuss how they could start something to provide music instruments and instruction to kids in our community. At his high school, the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Dragon had initiated a project to provide music instruction as part of Camp OCSA, which provides free after-school arts instruction to the children of Santa Ana. The first project of The Dragon Kim Foundation has brought to life Dragon’s dream of helping kids learn and love music. Our other projects all support youth programs in academics, athletics, and the arts.


Please join us in giving young people access to more opportunities. Please consider making a donation, including new or used musical instruments.


We are accepting donations at:

The Dragon Kim Foundation
13217 Jamboree Road, Suite #158
Tustin, CA 92782


We are a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation


Ask your employer if they will match your donation. This is an easy way to double your impact.


Dragon was our shining star — bright, warm, generous, and always beaming. He cared deeply for not only family but for his friends and those around him. He had a talent for teaching young kids. We believe that this is some of the work he would have pursued, and that the best way to keep his spirit alive is through supporting the achievements of others.


Dragon, we love you so much. Thank you for bringing so much love, laughter, and music to our lives. You are our precious son, and you will live on with us.


With Much Love,
Grace and Daniel Kim


10/17/19: Fellowship Project A Life in Tapestry featured on Spectrum News: “Connected by a Thread: Teen Girls Keep Holocaust Survivor’s Story Alive”

8/29/19 Fellowship Project The Growing Tree featured on Spectrum News “Planting Seeds of Success”


8/11/19 Fellowship Project Youth Outdoor Science Education featured on NBC4 “Kids with a Passion for Science find Adventure in the Outdoors”

1/31/19 Executive Director Grace Kim Awarded Comerica Bank and L.A. Lakers “Best of LA Business Women’s Business Award”


12/21/18 Katherine McPhie and Milan Narula recognized by the O.C. Register’s “100 Most Influential in 2019” for their Fellowship Project



9/18/18 The Dragon Challenge: High School Teens Compete in Social Entrepreneurship ‘Shark Tank’


5/8/18 CS Arts’ Instrumental Music Conservatory Season Finale


12/19/17: Press Release $50,000 To Be Awarded To Ambitious High Schoolers


10/9/17: LA Times/ Daily Pilot: Sage Hill School Sisters create tutoring tool to match ‘gurus’ to ‘newbies’


10/7/17: Grace and Daniel Kim speak at the L.A. Philharmonic: Facebook video, starting at 1:01:00 Hack Music LA


5/13/16: KTLA: MaryBeth McDade reports on The Dragon Kim Foundation’s first concert and brass ensemble.


5/11/16: OC Register- Created after two O.C. teens died in Yosemite, Tustin foundation to hold first benefit concert on Saturday, May 14.


10/20/15: NBC- Kathy Vara and Lisa Fernandez report on the launch of The Dragon Kim Foundation


10/20/2015: Fox News- Parents of Boy Killed in Yosemite Create Music Foundation in His Name.


10/21/15: O.C. Register: Grieving Parents Give Back For Son Who Was Killed on Camping Trip.


12/18/15: O.C. Register: The Orange County Register highlights people who changed lives in 2015 as “100 Most Influential.”


3/3/15: Parenting O.C.: Local Hero, Dragon Kim.