Our Timeline


“Mixed Roots” idea/concept was born in Owatonna, MN, USA
-Mixed Roots High School Cultural Diversity Group Established

May 25, 2011

Mixed Roots Foundation established in San Francisco, CA USA
-Registered and incorporated in the state of CA
-Filing of Federal Trademark with the USPTO

June 2011

Mixed Roots Foundation Founding Board of Directors Meeting in San Francisco, CA, USA
Founding Board Directors:
Holly Choon Hyang Bachman
Ami Nafzger
Kourtni Rader
Thomas Park Clement
Maria Wren

August 2011

-Submission (August 1, 2011) and approval (August 12, 2011) in record time and receives official 501(c)(3) nonprofit / federal tax exempt status, San Francisco, CA, USA

Community Partnership with AdopSource-MN
-International Adoptee Needs Assessment Launch Minneapolis, MN, USA

September 2011

-Community Partnership with Association of Korean Adoptees – San Francisco (AKASF), San Mateo, CA, USA

-Co-Host Pre-Launch joint fundraiser with AKASF & College Planning Club at 3rd Ave Sports Bar & Grill San Mateo, CA, USA

-First Sponsorship of Asian Adult Adoptees – Washington (AAAW) 15th Year Anniversary Mini Gathering Adoptee Musical Showcase ReceptionSeattle, WA, USA

October 2011

-Makes Official Announcement & Launches Mixed Roots Foundation with “What’s Your IDU?” Social Media Campaign San Francisco, CA, USA

-Hosts Inaugural Halloween Ball Fundraiser San Jose, CA, USA

-Established strategic partnership with Family Tree DNA, a genetic testing company, that will offer discounts on services that will allow adoptees to learn more about their biological  and cultural roots, Houston, TX, USA

November 2011

-Mixed Roots Foundation celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month 2011 San Francisco, CA, USA

-Sponsors the Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Disapora (AFAAD)’s 4th Annual Gathering: Recovering Our Connections Seattle, WA, USA

-Sponsors the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborate of MN’s Overcoming Racism Conference St. Paul, MN, USA

December 2011

-Community Partnership in promoting a new film project called YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past which follows fellow Indian Adoptee, Nisha Grayson back to Goa, India to search and hopefully meet her birth mother for the first time. The film is directed by Sharmila Ray and Produced by Brad Lavery, Lavery Productions San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, USA

-Mixed Roots Foundation becomes first charity partner to benefit from KoreAm, (Korean American monthly publication based in Los Angeles, CA) for the publication’s annual Unforgettable gala event, Los Angeles, CA, USA

January 2012

In community partnership with Asian American Donor Program (AADP) and AKASF hosts fundraiser for charter program Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP) and Marrow Donor drive for Kyle Crawford who is in need of a bone marrow transplant San Mateo, CA, USA

March 2012

Mixed Roots Foundation in community partnership with ASIA, INC co-hosts Fundraising Benefit Concert for Korean Adoptees Fremont, CA, USA

April 2012

Mixed Roots Foundation receives approval and becomes officially recognized by Google’s Nonprofits Program Mountain View, CA, USA

Mixed Roots Foundation helps promote new movie called BULLY within the SF Bay area and nationwide to help raise more awareness of standing against bullying within the greater adoption community San Francisco, CA / Nationwide, USA Mixed Roots Foundation hosts 2nd Annual Board MeetingSan Francisco, CA, USA

May 2012

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts first Adoptee Comedy Show Benefit event featuring all professional comedians, Amy Anderson, Joe Klocek, and Reggie Steele who are all adopted and receives donated merchandise by famous Fellow Adoptee comedian Jeff Dunham – in partnership with the Punch Line Comedy Club – San Francisco San Francisco, CA, USA

Mixed Roots Foundaion celebrates One Year Anniversary of organization – May 25, 2012 San Francisco, CA USA

July 2012

In partnership with the SF Giants MLB baseball team, Mixed Roots Foundation hosted the first ever Adoptee Night, A Special Night for All Who are Touched by Adoption and Foster Care. Mixed Roots Foundation also had the opportunity to film and broadcast a PSA at the game that included Star Wars Creator & Adoptive Parent, George Lucas; Adopted son of President Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan; AT&T – California President, Ken McNeely; and Comedian Amy Anderson and daughter Aubrey who plays “Lily” on ABC’s Modern Family, San Francisco, CA, USA

August 2012

Mixed Roots Foundation receives its official Trademark Registration for the name Mixed Roots Foundation from the USPTO, San Francisco, CA USA

September 2012

Mixed Roots Foundation teams up with the Atlanta Braves and the Independent Adoption Center to expand its signature sporting events and hosts its second inaugural Adoptee Night with the Atlanta Braves, A Special Night for All Who are Touched by Adoption and Foster Care in Atlanta, GA. USA

November 2012

In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, Mixed Roots Foundation partners with Spokeo, largest people search engine to launch new Spokeo Search Angels Awards Program that honors and recognizes volunteers who help adoptees search and reunite adoptees and their families, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, USA

December 2012

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its first Holiday Fundraiser: “A Holiday Affair”, Oakland, CA, USA

January 2013

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its first Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA

May 2013

Mixed Roots Foundation celebrates its 2nd Year Anniversary, San Francisco, CA, USA

August 2013

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its inaugural Adoptee Night with the MN Twins featuring MN Vikings VP, Rob Brzezinski and adopted son, Ki; National Anthem singers, Kimberly Michaels & Sounds of Blackness, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

September 2013

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its inaugural Adoptee Day with the LA Dodgers featuring Patti Stanger, Millionaire Matchmaker and broadcasted PSA that included casting director of GLEE, Robert UIrich; Jane Fonda’s adopted Daughter & Author, Mary Williams, and Patti Stanger.

October 2013

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts and expands for the first time to the MLS – its inaugural Adoptee Day with the San Jose Earthquakes featuring National Anthem singer, Kimberly Michaels and broadcasts PSA including Dr. Emmett Carson of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, San Jose, CA USA

November 2013

Mixed Roots Foundation celebrates its 3rd National Adoption Awareness Month

January 2014

Mixed Roots Foundation announces move of its global headquarters to Los Angeles, CA while still keeping a regional office in San Francisco, CA, USA

April 2014

Mixed Roots Foundation receives its second Trademark registration for its logo from the USPTO, San Francisco, CA, USA

May 2014

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its 2nd Adoptee Night with the LA Dodgers and celebrates its 3rd Anniversary, Los Angeles, CA, USA

June 2014

Mixed Roots Foundation attends VIP event to launch new ownership of WNBA LA Sparks featuring Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten, Los Angeles, CA USA

August 2014

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its 2nd Annual Adoptee Night with the MN Twins, and broadcasts PSA that features MN Vikings GM, Rick Spielman and VP, Rob Brzezinski, Minneapolis, MN

May 2015

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its 3rd Annual Adoptee Night with the Los Angeles Dodgers and sends over 1,200 adopted, foster youth and their families to their first baseball game for National Foster Care Month and features Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas to throw out the First Pitch, Los Angeles, CA

June 2015

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its inaugural WNBA Adoptee Day with the LA Sparks broadcasting a PSA that features LA Sparks COO, Christine Simmons, GLEE’s Jenna Ushkowitz, and CNN’s New Day Michaela Pereira, Los Angeles, CA

July 2015

Mixed Roots Foundation hosts its 3rd Annual Adoptee Night with the MN Twins and brings back by popular demand on tour – Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas to throw out the First Pitch and special guest appearance – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.  A PSA also debuted with Apl.de.ap welcoming all of the MN Twins fans, Minneapolis, MN USA

January 2016

Mixed Roots Foundation teams up with the LA Lakers for its Inaugural Mentor Night and Officially Announcing the Dream to Succeed Fund and the Dr. Joe White Pioneering the Way Mentoring Scholarship Fund for Education and Kicking off its 5 Year Anniversary