Reappropriate’s Top 5 for #GivingTuesday 2016 (and This Year’s Master-List of AANHPI Non-Profits)
November 29, 2016
One of my most popular posts each years is my Giving Tuesday post, which commemorates a national day to reject the crass consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by promoting charitable donations. Organized by #NotOneDime, Giving Tuesday encourages each of us to make small (or large) gifts to any non-profit organizations.
Giving Tuesday typically publishes a database of non-profit organizations that will receive your donations, but I’ve found in the past that AANHPI were woefully underrepresented. So, for the last several years, I have published my own (long, but not comprehensive) list of quality AANHPI non-profit organizations to support for Giving Tuesday (2014 | 2015). This year is no exception: after the jump you’ll find 2016’s updated list of great AANHPI-focused non-profits — all of which could use a donation from you this year.
Before we get to the full list, however I’m going to give you my personal top five picks for 2016. This is, of course, a tough list to make since I think every organization in the larger list deserves our charitable support. But, these are the groups I’ve decided to give a few if my dollars to for Giving Tuesday 2016.
Reappropriate’s 2016 Giving Tuesday Top 5:
NAPAWF is a national organization that focuses specifically on advocacy for AANHPI women, with one of their primary interest areas being reproductive rights. They have been very active in elevating the voices of AANHPI women in the current fight to defund Planned Parenthood, and even in the fierce urgency of the moment with regard to the fight to preserve abortion access, NAPAWF has done an excellent and necessary job injecting race into the national conversation, and I donate to them annually.
SEARACis a national organization that focuses predominantly on advocacy for Southeast Asian American communities such as Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans. This past year, their tireless advocacy resulted in the passage of The AHEAD Act in California, which provides crucial disaggregation of state-collected demographic data so that socioeconomic disparities that disproportionately impact Southeast Asian Americans can be identified and addressed.
EPICis another of my favourite organizations, which focuses specifically on advocacy for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. EPIC also with SEARACH to champion The AHEAD Act in California, along with their fellow co-sponsors of the legislation, CPEHN and APIAHF.
SAALTadvocates for the South Asian Americans by connecting the community with elected officials in Washington D.C. on a variety of issues, including immigration rights, racial justice and gender justice. Last year, I also highlighted the work of The Sikh Coalition, which does fantastic work to represent the interests of the Sikh American community.
Also, I try to pick a local organization every year. I ran out of space in this year’s Top 5, but I’ve strongly supported the work of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Centerfor quite some time, and so also chose to donate to BCNC this year.
I encourage you to make a Giving Tuesday donation this year to one or more of the listed organizations in this post. You can either join me in giving to one of my 2016 Giving Tuesday Top 5 (above), or you can pick any of your favourites from the larger list of equally deserving organizations (after the jump)!
Don’t see your favourite organization on the list? Please leave a comment to have it added!
APIA Vote: dedicated to increasing civic and voter participation among APIAs
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ): dedicated to advancing APIA civil rights; note that there are six separate chapters of AAAJ that each do amazing work on their own. Donations should be directed to specific chapters.
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 this year’s Giving Tuesday!