A Master-List of #AAPI Non-Profit Groups for 2014’s #GivingTuesday!
Did you participate in the
#NotOneDime boycott of Black Friday in solidarity with Ferguson supporters, which may have contributed to the day’s reported 11% drop in sales relative to previous years? Did you reject the crass consumerism of Cyber Monday? Hopefully, you’ve got a little bit of extra change in your pocket then; and I’ve got just the groups that could use it!
Today, is the third annual
Giving Tuesday, a day to encourage community members to be inspired by the holidays and give to their favourite charities and non-profit organizations.
For those of us in the Asian American & Pacific Islander community, it can be hard to know what organizations are out there. In previous years, Giving Tuesday had created a registry of participating non-profits, but only a few AAPI groups were listed. So,
last year, I created a master-list of AAPI non-profits and invited you to browse the site and pick one (or more!) to donate to. This year, I’ve updated the master-list, and it appears after the jump.
However, before you click through,
. The trustees of the fund are dedicating one hundred percent of donations to Boggs’ medical and caregiver costs, to offset the $8000/month bill she has been facing I strongly encourage you to consider donating to the Boggs Center’s trust for Grace Lee Boggs’ hospice care since entering hospice care earlier in the year. As Boggs’ trustees write:
Grace has always put the needs of others before her own. But now she is in need of your support.
You can contribute to the Boggs Center’s trust for Grace Lee Boggs
If you have additional funds available, please consider making a donation to any one of these awesome AAPI non-profit organizations. For many of these groups, your donation will be tax-deductible (websites will give specific information), and the funds will go to supporting a very good cause in relation to the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.
If your group has been left off this list, please let me know in the comments section below and I will happily update as soon as possible. This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all AAPI non-profits, but it can’t hurt to make it more comprehensive!
National / Civil Rights
National / Civil Rights / Ethnic Group-Specific
National / Gender & Sexuality
National / Environmental
National / Healthcare
National / Labour Rights
National / Youth Development
National & Local / History & Arts
Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA): dedicated to addressing the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians, and librarians who serve the AAPI community
Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW): New York-based, presenting and supporting Asian American writers
Chinese American Museum: Los Angeles-based, preserving/presenting the history of Chinese Americans
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM): dedicated to the funding, distribution and exhibition of independent works by Asian American creators in film and digital media.
Common Ground: Santa Ana-based, local social justice/community-oriented performance series
East-West Players: telling the stories of Asian Americans on-stage
FilAm Arts: Los Angeles-based presenting and supporting the Filipino American artist community
Grateful Crane Ensemble: Los Angeles-based, presenting Japanese American stories and music
Japanese American Museum of San Jose: San Jose-based, preserving/presenting the history of Japanese Americans
Japanese American National Museum: Los Angeles-based, preserving/presenting the history of Japanese Americans
Kearny Street Workshop: San Francisco-based, oldest Asian American arts organization in the country
Kollaboration National, presenting Asian American talent
Museum of Chinese in America: New York-based, preserving/presenting the history of Chinese Americans
National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF): preserving the history of Japanese American service
South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA): documenting and preserving the voice of South Asians
Tuesday Night Project: Los Angeles-based, building Asian American community and art, longest still-running Asian American free art series
Vietnamese Arts and Letters Association (VAALA): Santa Ana-based, presenting and supporting the Vietnamese American artist community
Visual Communications: Los Angeles-based, documenting, preserving, and presenting the work of Asian American visual artists/filmmakers
Wing Luke Museum: Seattle-based, preserving/presenting the history of Asian Americans
Local / General Advocacy
Asian American Community Involvement (AACI): Santa Clara-based
Asian American Community Services of Central Ohio (AACS Ohio): Ohio-based
Asian American Resource Workshop: Boston-based
Asian American United (AAU): Philadelphia-based
Asian Prisoner Support Committee: Oakland-based, provides support, advocacy, and education for and about Asian Americans in the prison system
ASPIRE: San Francisco-based, empowering undocumented immigrants in fight for immigrant rights
AYPAL: Oakland-based, focusing on low-income APIA immigrant community
Chinese Progressive Association: Boston-based, focused on advocacy for Chinese American community
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association Lowell: based in Lowell, Massachusetts, focused on improvement of quality of life for Cambodian American community
Cherry Blossom Giving Circle: Washington DC-based
Chicago Korean American Resource & Cultural Center: Chicago-based chapter of NAKASEC
Korean Resource Center LA (KRCLA): Los Angeles-based chapter of NAKASEC
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA): Orange County-based
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) Los Angeles-based, raising local Filipino American communities
South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI): Chicago-based, focused on conducting research and making public policy recommendations
Local / Community Centers and Historic Districts
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: Boston, MA
Chinatown Community Development Center: San Francisco, CA
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Los Angeles-based, presenting and supporting Japanese American culture
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC): Los Angeles-based, strengthens Los Angeles Asian American communities and neighborhoods through housing and community development
Oakland Asian Cultural Center: Oakland, CA
San Gabriel API PFLAG Los Angeles-based, provides education, support, and engagement opportunities for parents and families of LGBTQ-identified Asian Pacific Islanders
Sustainable Little Tokyo Los Angeles-based, building a tangible vision for a sustainable Los Angeles Jtown
Thai Community Development Center: Los Angeles, CA
Local / Gender & Sexuality
API Equality – LA: Los Angeles, educates, empowers, and activates LGBTQ Asian American community
API Equality – Northern California: Northern California, educates, empowers, and activates LGBTQ Asian American community
Banteay Srei: Oakland-based, focused on Southeast Asian American women, youth development
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA): San Francisco-based, involves and activates Gay and bisexual Asian/Pacific Islanders in the California Bay Area
Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) New York-based, outreach and activism for Gay Asian Pacific Islander men in New York
Khmer Girls in Action: Long Beach-based, focused on Southeast Asian American women, youth development
Monsoon | United Asian Women of Iowa: Iowa-based, focused on ending gender-based violence
My Sister’s House: Sacramento-based, focused on serving AAPI women and children impacted by domestic violence
Satrang SoCal: Los Angeles-based, serves to create a safe South Asian community for LGBT*Q people
Local / Labour Rights:
Local / Healthcare
Local / Youth Development
Please note that inclusion of an organization on this list does not imply endorsement by Reappropriate of all the group’s activities or positions, nor does it imply endorsement by the non-profit of any writing — generally or specifically — on Reappropriate. I encourage you to do additional research on any non-profit that appears on this list before making a contribution.
Thank you for considering a donation in support of Giving Tuesday!
Updated (12/1/2014 11:46pm): Added APALA and AACS Ohio!
Updated (12/2/2014 10:40am): Added Asian American Resource Workshop and Asian Pacific Community in Action. Alphabetized lists.
Updated (12/2/2014 12:15am): Added VAYLA New Orleans, Banteay Srei, Monsoon | United Asian Women of Iowa and Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association Lowell.
Updated (12/2/2014 1:45pm): Added Asian Pacific Development Center
Updated (12/2/2014 9:13pm): Added Khmer Girls in Action, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), Thai Community Development Center, Chinese Progressive Association, My Sister’s House, Chinatown Community Development Center, Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI), Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Tuesday Night Projeect, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW)
Updated (12/2/2014 10:38pm): Added about thirty more organizations. Too many to list here! Many thanks to @seanmiura and @spamfriedrice, among others, for the many suggestions!
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