By Lindsay Wang, AsAmNews, Maya Seo & AsAmNews Staff and Volunteers
(AsAmNews updated this guide originally published May 1, 2022 on April 30, 2023)
In 2021, AsAmNews published what is arguably the most comprehensive guide ever to supporting the Asian American community.
This year to kick off AAPI Heritage Month, we are republishing the guide with some updated new information. This includes both national resources and information fro the 20 states with the largest AAPI populations. We have updated links that were no longer valid and added dozens of new resources available to Asian American, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
We recognize this guide remains a work in progress. Suggestions for additions or changes are welcomed and can be sent to info@ AsAmNews dot com.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has experienced exponential growth in anti-AAPI hate and violence.
Anti-AAPI hate is not new. There is a long legacy of the exclusion of the AAPI community from what it means to be “American.” Our histories are erased from the classrooms and the textbooks, and our identities are erased from our own minds and from each other under the weight of the “model minority myth.”
In the wake of tragedy, we mourn. Then, we wipe our tears and pull ourselves up onto our feet and we fight for a future far, far, far removed from the reality we experience.
We take action.
Below is a list of nonprofits, organizations, foundations and communities that operate nationally and in the 20 states with the largest AAPI populations that you can support.
California | New York | Texas | New Jersey | Hawaii | Illinois | Washington | Florida | Virginia | Pennsylvania | Massachusetts | Maryland | Georgia | Michigan | North Carolina | Minnesota | Nevada | Ohio | Arizona | Oregon
Kids and teens are bullied every day in schools and online. For centuries, the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community has been pushed to the sidelines, considered to be outsiders who have to continually prove that we belong. AAPI youth are bullied for their appearances, skin color, accents, food and more.
Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. Act To Change envisions a world where every child can grow up feeling safe and celebrated in their identities.
Anti-Asian racism and violent attacks on Asian elderly have only increased in recent months. Since COVID-19 became news in the United States, hate speech and violence against the AAPI community has run rampant. In February 2021, attacks, particularly on elderly Asian Americans, have spiked. Unfortunately, many of these incidents are not being reported and are invisible to major media outlets. We hope to change this by offering the following resources with our community. Please join us in taking action whether it’s by educating yourself and others around you or donating to non-profit organization
After a series of innocent Chinese American scientists in academia, government and private industry were wrongly accused of espionage-related charges and then had their cases dropped by the Department of Justice without full explanation and accountability, a group of volunteers gathered to provide a platform and to connect concerned organizations and individuals with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in the Fall of 2015-APA Justice
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is the nation’s leading nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to strengthen their voices and create impact. For decades, our action-driven organization has led national initiatives to ensure AAPIs are represented and heard.
“AALDEF focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including immigrant rights, voting rights and democracy, economic justice for workers, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.” — Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian American Media Inc publishes AsAmNews 365 days a year. Its mission is to drive the narrative about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and showcase all that is American about the community. Asian American Media Inc provides scholarships to interns who would otherwise not be able to accept an unpaid internship.
“Asian Americans have been part of the American story since its earliest days, and are now the U.S.’s fastest-growing racial group with the potential and power to shape our nation and the policies that affect us. Our mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.” — Asian Americans Advancing Justice
The AAPI COVID-19 Project is a collective research study housed at Harvard University’s Department of Sociology that brings together faculty, graduate researchers, and undergraduate research assistants at seven research institutions in the United States. The project examines the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it continues to shape the lives of Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (A/AAs and NHPIs) in the United States. The project focuses on uncovering the multiple layers of harm — the virus itself and the intensification of racism and xenophobia that A/AAs & NHPIs have endured in its wake.
AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity) is dedicated to improving the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through civic engagement, capacity building, and policy advocacy.
“Over three decades, AAPIP has grown dramatically from a small, dedicated group of philanthropic professionals to a robust national network of funders and community leaders who are committed to expanding resources, connecting leadership and advocating for change to create a more just and equitable society for AAPI communities.” — Asian Americans/Pacific islanders in Philanthropy.
“Hello! My name is Yin and I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist. I started Asians Do Therapy because many people in our Asian community are struggling and suffering, often in isolation. My hope is that in highlighting Asian people’s experience in therapy and as therapists and sharing culturally relevant information, more Asians and Asian Americans will seek therapy as a resource, available and meant for us.
Yes, therapy is primarily centered on the white, Western, middle class experience, which is problematic on many levels. And, therapy can be so impactful. Let’s work together towards an understanding and a practice of what good, culturally informed therapy can look like”
“AALDEF focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including immigrant rights, voting rights and democracy, economic justice for workers, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.” — Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
“It is the mission of AMHC to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community.” — Asian Mental Health Collective
There is a pervasive cultural stigma that often discourages members of our community from receiving the help they need. In many Asian American communities, and in the greater American population, there exists a general lack of knowledge about mental health and mental illnesses. Because many of the symptoms of suffering are “invisible,” it is often harder for mental illnesses to be acknowledged. There is a misconception that struggling with mental health is a choice or a sign of weakness.
We are here to dispel this belief and provide resources that are accessible to all, that will fall under Educational Programming, Community Events, and Partnerships
As a health justice non-profit organization, APIAHF is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of more than 20 million AAs and NHPIs living in the United States and its jurisdictions. We believe that all persons have the right to be healthy, the right to live in a thriving community, and the right to quality, affordable, and accessible health care.
“Asian Pride Project celebrates the journeys, triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ individuals and our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities. We seek to capture these stories by using the arts – film, video, photography and the written word – as a medium for social justice and advocacy in the LGBTQ realm.” — Asian Pride Project
Since its inception, the Association advocated on behalf of Asian Americans as well as advancing Asian American psychology. In the 1980’s, for example, the AAPA pressed the U.S. Bureau of the Census to include Asian American subgroups in its census data, and fought against the English-only language movement in California.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.
APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.
Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of who are union members, and our allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 AAPI union members and in serving as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the AAPI community. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has 22 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C.
With an annual portfolio of $15 million and with a staff of 15, we support APIA scholars from 11 different time zones across the globe, who speak more than 300 languages and who celebrate the cultures of 48 distinct ethnicities.
APPEAL supports and advocates for policies and programs that work toward social justice and promote a tobacco-free, healthy and active Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community.
AREAA is dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.
“Asian Women Alliance (AWA) is an action-oriented network dedicated to using our collective platforms to help raise awareness and fund non-profit organizations in order to aid in their continued work of: protecting marginalized AAPI women and our elders; driving social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and youth; and fighting Asian hate.” — Asian Women Alliance
Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) was founded in 1988 to address the urgent and unmet needs of survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, especially those who are immigrant or refugee women, children, LGBTQ+/GNB, and/or youth. AWS welcomes survivors of all genders, ages, races, nationalities, language communities, abilities, income-levels and more. The survivors we work with every day embody courage, hope, and incredible determination. They inspire our unrelenting commitment to end violence in our families, communities, and world.
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) was formed to create a national voice to advocate for the unique and diverse health needs of Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NH/PI) communities and the community health providers that serve their needs.
Rescued over 35,000 Vietnamese on the high seas or trafficked to some 20 countries, and impacted one in ten Vietnamese Americans in Vietnam, America or the high seas.
The Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-partisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. The concept of founding the Committee came from the renowned architect, the late I.M. Pei and Dr. Henry Kissinger, 56th U.S. Secretary of State in 1988. Kissinger discussed with Pei the notion of organizing an influential group of Chinese Americans to address issues of international concern between the United States and China. Pei felt that no single individual could adequately represent the Chinese American perspective. With a sense of urgency to build bridges between China and the United States, Pei teamed with master cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Henry S. Tang, Oscar Tang, Shirley Young and Chien-Shiung Wu to recruit distinguished Chinese Americans from the arts, business, academia, public service, and the sciences to serve on the Committee of 100.
The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) is a national nonprofit organization. Our mission is to advance the national voice and influence of the Korean American community.
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) advocates for public policies that promote Native Hawaiian self-determination through enhanced social, cultural, economic, political, and community development at all levels of government. To achieve this, the CNHA Advocacy Center will focus on empowering our members and the lāhui with access to policy.
EPIC was established in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) leaders who recognized the urgency to address the growing needs of NHPI families. With experiences ranging from grassroots organizing to higher education administration, the founders prioritized building a strong and unified advocacy voice for Pacific Islanders. They set out to accomplish this by collecting and publishing disaggregated data to illustrate the needs of NHPI families; and establishing a pipeline of strong leaders who can be advocates and influencers in, and on behalf of, the community.
GABRIELA National Alliance of Women is a grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 organizations, institutions, desks and programs of women all over the Philippines seeking to wage a struggle for the liberation of all oppressed Filipino women and the rest of our people. While we vigorously campaign on women-specific issues such as women’s rights, gender discrimination, violence against women and women’s health and reproductive rights, GABRIELA is also at the forefront of national and international economic and political issues that affects women.
“Gold House is the premier nonprofit collective of Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders dedicated to unifying the world’s largest populace–Asians and Pacific Islanders–to enable more authentic multicultural representation and societal equity.” — Gold House
“Hate Is A Virus is a nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate.” — Hate Is A Virus
“HAF focuses on educating the public about Hindus and Hinduism and advocating for policies and practices that ensure the well-being of all people and the planet. We work directly with educators and journalists to ensure accurate understanding of Hindus and Hinduism. We also work with policymakers and key stakeholders to champion issues of concern to Hindu Americans, including defending civil and human rights and protecting all living beings.” — Hindu American Fondation
HND empowers the Hmong community to achieve prosperity and equality through education, research, policy advocacy and leadership development.
HND’s vision is to create a united, thriving Hmong community.
“The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.” — Japanese American Citizens League
“By way of programming, events and partnership projects, we integrate storytelling with art to engage community members in sharing their own personal narratives, in the way they want to be seen and heard. We recognize the work of Lao American artists already sharing their stories while giving voice to those who cannot do so for themselves, in the hopes of healing the scars of war and beginning the process of regular intercultural, intergenerational exchanges.” — Laos in the House
Today, as a national community-based non-profit, we amplify the underrepresented voices and empower our multi-ethnic community through education, visibility, and collaboration. We set up specific goals to ensure we make our vision a reality:
LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.
It started with a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for API communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in this increasingly globalized world, these communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf.
NAPABA is the nation’s largest Asian-Pacific American membership organization representing the interest of 60,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students.
- We are the national voice for the Asian-Pacific American legal profession.
- We promote justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian-Pacific Americans.
- We foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy, and community involvement.
NAPAFASA is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mental health advocacy through research, efforts at public health and policy reform, and community empowerment.
We are committed to social justice and health equity through working to reduce substance use disorder, promoting harm reduction, and partnering with our communities to achieve mental wellness.
“NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.” — National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging seeks to advocate on behalf of the AAPI aging community at the local, state, and national levels, to educate AAPI seniors and the general public on the unique needs of the APA aging community, and to empower AAPI seniors and the aging network to meet the increasing challenges facing the AAPI aging community.
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the premier leadership organization for Asian and Asian American professionals in North America, with 30 chapters, several thousand active members, and a reach of more than 20,000 professionals. Founded in 1982, NAAAP is a volunteer-run non-profit that inspires, develops, and connects leaders across industries and communities through networking and educational events, trainings, community service programs, and celebrations of Asian American excellence.
National CAPACD is a progressive coalition of local organizations that advocate for and organize in low-income AAPI communities and neighborhoods. We strengthen and mobilize our members to build power nationally and further our vision of economic and social justice for all.
Since 1997, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) promotes the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. As a non-partisan and non-profit organization, NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, umbrella organizations, and individuals. Its fifteen-member regions cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands.
We are dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Japanese Americans during World War II by honoring their heroic military service and patriotism while educating the public of their unjust incarceration and sacrifices.
We imagine a future in which low- and middle-income, immigrant, people of color, and marginalized communities are working together as the change-makers. We have transformed cultures, power relationships, systems, and policies in the United States, all in a broader global context. As Asian Americans are the fastest growing immigrant and people of color community in the nation, towards its mission and vision.
“The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.” — National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
“OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).” — Orgaization of Chinese Americans
Payu-ta, “Our Umbrella” in Guam’s native language CHamoru, is Guam’s umbrella association of non-governmental organizations. It was formed in 2007 to address the need to enhance the services and effectiveness of non-governmental agencies in Guam.
“We are the only grassroots Chinese massage parlor worker coalition in the U.S. There are over 9000 workplaces like these across the country with no political representation, or access to labor rights or collective organizing. Anti-trafficking NGO’s that claim to speak for migrants in sex trades promote increased policing and immigration control, which harms rather than helps migrant sex workers.” — Red Canary
“Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Sakhi is committed to serving survivors through a combination of efforts including—but not limited to—direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach.” — Sakhi
“SALDEF is a national Sikh American media, policy, and education organization. Our mission is to empower Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans.” — Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
“The Sikh Coalition is often the first and only line of defense for Sikh civil rights in America. We serve as an insurance policy for those who would otherwise not have their rights protected, while working to secure a more just and tolerant society for Sikh American generations to come.” — Sikh Coalition
We are the largest South Asian mental health therapist community in the world. Our directory has hundreds of South Asian therapists, including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Afghani and Nepali heritage. Here you can find culturally competent South Asian mental health professionals to help you get the support you’re looking for.
“South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national movement strategy and advocacy organization committed to racial justice through structural change, which means we focus on transforming institutions while leveraging incremental change as a means to shift conditions and power.” — South Asian Americans Leading Together
SABA North America is the Voice of South Asian Legal Professionals in North America.
OUR MISSION is to strengthen the rapidly growing South Asian legal community with a recognized and trusted forum for professional growth and development, and to promote equal rights and access to justice for the South Asian community.
SAPHA envisions better health and well-being of South Asians and the communities in which they live. The mission of SAPHA is to promote the health and well-being of South Asian communities in the United States.
SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that empowers Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity.
SALDEF provides legal services, creates and distribute educational information, conducts cultural and religious education training and monitors the media for inaccuracies and misinformation.
“The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Our approach recognizes that in order to effectively address anti-Asian racism we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.” — Stop AAPI Hate
“We must amplify AAPI voices and find ways to uplift, empower, and protect the AAPI community. The Support the AAPI Community Fund aims to do just that, addressing the urgent issues that face the AAPI community as well as broader, systemic problems. With the donations received through the Fund, GoFundMe.org will issue grants to trusted AAPI organizations working to rectify the racial inequalities in our society.” — Support the AAPI Community Fund
“Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) was officially established on July 13, 1985, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of Taiwanese Americans in the United States.” — Taiwanese American Citizens League
“The Center strives to nurture our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by expanding leadership capacity, fostering awareness of AAPI issues, creating a supportive network of AAPI women leaders, and strengthening community.” — The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
“The vision of PIVOT is to be a collective voice for progressive Vietnamese Americans, to engage and empower Vietnamese Americans through civic engagement and leadership development, and to support policies and candidates that are aligned with our values.” — The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization
“The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora) is a community organization on a mission to be an accessible creative hub that provides streamlined workshops and tools to engage and share knowledge in Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Viet diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to grow empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally.” — The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project
“Our Mission: Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery, and renewal.” — Womankind
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“The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is to promote, advance, and represent the legal and civil rights of API communities. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant, and underserved APIs.” – Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus
“APIENC builds queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify our voices and increase the visibility of our communities. Through organizing in the Bay Area, we inspire and train grassroots leaders, transform our values from scarcity to abundance, and partner with organizations to sustain a vibrant movement ecosystem.” — API Equality — Northern California
“Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.” -Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
“Through community development, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) advances racial, social and economic justice for Asian Americans and other systematically disadvantaged communities, guided by our experiences as Asian Americans and our commitment to civil rights.” — Asian Americans for Equality
“Mentorship. Visibility. Advocacy. Our mission is to advance the visibility and recognition of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, public programs and an informative website, AAWAA is an accessible resource and portal for educators, academics, researchers, arts and social justice communities and the general public.” — Asian American Women Artists Association
“Asian Health Services, founded in 1974, provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. Our approach to wellbeing focuses on “whole patient health,” which is why we provide more than primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 50,000 patients in English and over 14 Asian languages…We offer medical, dental, and mental health services for all ages.” — Asian Health Services
“Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. Our work focuses on Asian immigrant and refugee communities.” — Asian Pacific Environmental Network
“The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Community in the greater Los Angeles area, with a particular focus on low income, immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged sectors of the population. To accomplish this mission, A3PCON strives to:
- Serve as a vehicle for promoting the needs, interests and concerns of the APIA Community to policy makers and the general public.
- Promote collaboration, planning and collective action amongst its members to support common advocacy/policy, organizational development and capacity-building goals.
- Activate the APIA electorate and promote public accountability to the APIA Community through non-partisan political and electoral participation.”
“Asian Solidarity Collective (ASC)’s mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity intersectionally with Black, Brown and Indigenous folks, people with disabilities, queer and trans people of color, and all oppressed communities.
The Center for Asian American Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For 40 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.
“The Mission of the Chinatown Community Development Center is to build community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents. We are a place-based community development organization serving primarily the Chinatown neighborhood, and also serve other areas including North Beach and the Tenderloin. We are a community development organization with many roles – as neighborhood advocates, organizers and planners, and as developers and managers of affordable housing.” — Chinatown Community Development Center
“Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED) is an all volunteer, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization based in Los Angeles Chinatown that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.” — Chinatown Community for Equitable Development
“Established in 1971, Chinatown Service Center is one of the largest community-based Chinese American health and human service organization in Southern California. CSC provides a comprehensive range of services to over 100,000 visits annually, organized under four services areas including Social Services (Senior Services, Welfare and Benefits Enrollments and Referral Programs), Federally Qualified Community Health Center (Behavioral Health, Medical, Dental and Optometry), Youth Center and Community Economic Development (Individual Financial Education and Small Business Training and Consultation).” — Chinatown Service Center
“Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice.” – Chinese for Affirmative Action
“Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.” — Chinese Progressive Association
“CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) advances representation for Asian American and Pacific Islander creators and executives in Hollywood in three ways: (1) nurturing and engaging creative talent and executive leadership, providing cultural content consulting and talent referrals, championing projects for critical box office and streaming success. Through our industry-renowned programs such as the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the CAPE Leaders Fellowship, our consulting and talent referral services, the CAPE Database, and #GoldOpen, CAPE is breaking barriers to representation from the writers’ room to the boardroom to the living room.”
“Our mission is simple: We strive to provide the Oakland Chinatown Community with a resource for promoting safety and community. We aim to embrace the often forgotten, underserved, and vulnerable. We promote compassion not indifference, unity as opposed to divisiveness. Fostering a more caring and safer Oakland for all.” — Compassion in Oakland
“Cut Fruit Collective is a SF Bay Area grassroots group creating art for AAPI community care. We create more resilient AAPI communities through art and storytelling.”
“DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian and Indo-Caribbean immigrant workers and youth in New York City.” — Desis Rising Up and Moving
“Founded in 1965, East West Players is committed to raising the visibility of the Asian American experience by presenting inventive world-class theatrical productions, developing artists of color, and providing impactful youth education programs.”
“Founded in 2004, the Filipino Community Center is dedicated to providing a safe space where Filipino families can access services, receive support, and build community. We foster and develop community empowerment, grassroots leadership, advocacy, and organizing to address the immediate and long term issues of our communities locally, and in the Philippines.” — Filipino Community Center
“Founded in 1990, GAPIMNY is an all-volunteer, membership-based community organization with the mission to empower queer and trans Asian Pacific Islanders to create positive change. We provide a range of political, social, educational, and cultural programming and work in coalition with other community organizations to educate and promote dialogue on issues of race, sexuality, gender, and health.” — Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York
“The Japan America Society of Southern California is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization consisting of individuals and corporations with an interest in Japan and in United States-Japan relations. We have been building Japan-America relationships for 111 years since 1909.” — Japan America Society of Southern California
“Open to all, the Center celebrates our diverse community and its people, sharing our rich Japanese heritage and customs as a means of recreational, social and educational enrichment. Founded by the community, we are committed to maintaining a Center where people feel welcome, supported and heard; and providing them the opportunity for growth, wellness and connection.” — Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California
“Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women.” — Khmer Girls in Action
“The Korean American Coalition – Los Angeles (KAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1983 to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community. KAC endeavors to achieve these goals through education, community organizing, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.” — Korean American Coalition Los Angeles
“Since its inception in 1983, KFAM has provided assistance to tens of thousands of Korean Americans—particularly women, children, immigrants, and low-income families. KFAM specializes in providing linguistically and culturally appropriate services through its multilingual and multicultural staff.” — Korean American Family Services
“KCCEB’s mission is to empower immigrants in the Bay Area through access to education, services, resources and advocacy. We help individuals get needed resources at critical moments in their lives and offer opportunities to empower themselves, their families and community for health and wellness.” — Korean Community Center of the East Bay
“The mission of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is to provide a comprehensive array of social welfare and community development services to assist low income individuals and other persons in need, contribute to community revitalization and cultural preservation in Little Tokyo and among the broader Japanese community in the Southland, and to provide such resources to neighboring Asian Pacific Islander and other low income communities.” — Little Tokyo Service Center
“Maitri is a free, conﬁdential, nonproﬁt organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that primarily helps families and individuals from South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family conﬂict.” — Maitri
“Malaysian Association of Southern California (MASC) is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization, MASC was founded in 1990 as a social organization.
The primary purpose of the association is to promote sociability, foster friendship and cultural understanding between people of Malaysian heritage with others in the U.S.A.”
“Pacific Arts Movement presents Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander media arts to San Diego residents and visitors in order to inspire, entertain, and support a more compassionate society.We fulfill our mission by: presenting unique, culturally-enriching programs that would otherwise be inaccessible to the public, engaging the public in meaningful discourse that promotes positive social change through our programs, promoting artistic excellence, innovation and the independent voice and strengthening San Diego as an arts destination.”
“SAHARA serves survivors of all forms of abuse within the South Asian community in Southern California with culturally sensitive and linguistically specific services. At SAHARA, we firmly believe that every human being regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, deserves to live a life of dignity and respect.” — SAHARA
The San Diego Asian Pacific Islander (API) Coalition is a group of San Diego API organizations that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Pacific Arts Movement, a 501(c)3 organization.Their mission is to facilitate conversations with API communities and advocate for representation of voices
Our mission is to increase awareness and education about hepatitis B within the community and among health care providers, to increase access to affordable testing and vaccination, and provide linkage to care for chronically affected individuals.
The SF Hep B Free Campaign puts the San Francisco Bay Area at the forefront of the nation in fighting chronic hepatitis B. It is the largest, most intensive healthcare campaign for Asian and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
“We are a grassroots initiative passionate about supporting Chinatown communities in the Bay Area through art, conversation, and shared love of food. Our goal is to build on our efforts in creating art and culture focused initiatives to benefit our beloved Chinatowns.” — Save Our Chinatowns
“SIPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Historic Filipinotown and other neighborhoods throughout Greater Los Angeles County. SIPA produces programs for youth and families including case management and counseling, after school programs, senior programs, small business development, cultural enrichment, and affordable housing.” — Search to Involve Philipino Americans
“The South Asian Network (SAN) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides culturally and linguistically specific services to and advocacy on behalf of South Asians in Southern California, in the areas of healthcare access, gender-based violence, and civil rights/civic engagement.” — South Asian Network
“SEACA creates spaces for new forms of leadership to emerge and we support the development of members of our community to create new and culturally relevant solutions to deep-rooted social, economic, and racial justice issues impacting the Southeast Asian community. We began as a youth leadership program and over the years have expanded our programs to include youth organizing, creative arts and self-expression, and most recently, health and community building through food and gardening.” — Southeast Asian Community Alliance
“Thai CDC was specifically established to begin addressing the health and human service needs of the Thai population. Within the context of all services that are either extremely limited or totally absent, the following service priorities were determined and ranked in the following order at the time: 1) Health and Human Services; 2) Legal Services; 3) Senior Services and 4) Youth Services.” — Thai Community Development Center
“For over 20 years, the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) has been a refuge and resource for low-income, South-East Asians and other underrepresented immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. VACCEB provides a variety of support services including access to nutritional meals, senior programs, housing assistance, immigration legal and education services, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and employment development.” — Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay
Visual Communications’s mission is to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists who empower communities and challenge perspectives. Visual Communications (VC) is the first non-profit organization in the US dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities, and heritage through the media arts.
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Our mission is to provide quality cultural enrichment to support a child’s opportunity to succeed in the future. Our goals are for our students to value themselves as well as to appreciate and respect all cultures found in our diverse world. We serve families living or working in Lower Manhattan. During the academic year, at our program sites at P.S. 2 and at P.S. 34, our after-school programs runs from 2:30 pm to 5:45 pm. We provide recreation, homework assistance, test prep, enrichment workshops, and a nutritious hot meal sponsored by the NYC Education’s School Food program. In the summer, we offer a full-day program from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm with a multi-cultural curriculum at P.S. 2.
Namaste! Tashi Delek! Welcome to the Adhikaar community! Since 2005, Adhikaar has been committed to improving the lives of the Nepali-speaking community and getting our voices heard in the social justice movement. We have assisted thousands of individuals and families; trained hundreds of new leaders; and successfully changed policies and created new laws at local, state, national, and international levels, including the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the International Domestic Workers’ Convention.
“Apex for Youth delivers possibilities to underserved Asian and immigrant youth from low-income families in NYC. We recruit working professionals to volunteer and become positive role models who inspire youth to expand their horizons and envision what is possible for their lives.” — Apex for Youth
“AAF is the one of the strongest leadership voices advocating for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants, one of New York City’s poorest and most underserved communities. We support Asians from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community.” — Asian American Federation
“Bubble_T is a New York-based Asian/Pacific/Queer collective focused on supporting and lifting the community we share. This is a vibrant community of collaborative and creative minds continuing the conversation around Asian visibility, diversity, inclusivity, and love. “ —- Bubble T
“CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.” — CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
“At CMP we equip low-income immigrants with the skills and networks they need to be economically self-sufficient, and contributing members to the greater New York City community.” — Chinatown Manpower Project
“Chinatown Partnership, led by Wellington Chen, was formed in 2006 as [a] new start-up from [the] grounds up to bring residents, business owners and community groups together to rebuild Chinatown following 9/11, and to preserve the neighborhood’s unique culture while ensuring its vitality in the future through strategic positioning.” — Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation
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“Founded at the onset of COVID-19, Heart of Dinner works to fight food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors—two long-standing community issues heightened by the pandemic.” — Heart of Dinner
“Founded in 1960, the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY) has long advocated for the welfare and protection of the rights and interests of over half a million diasporic Koreans living in the Greater New York area. A non-profit organization, KAAGNY has served to connect Korean Americans to one another as well as to the American mainstream.” — Korean American Association of Greater New York
“KANA (Korean Association of New York Artists) is a non-profit organization founded in 2012. Our mission is to support Korean creatives – artists, designers, creative entrepreneurs and so forth – based in New York City and to contribute to the diverse cultural geography in NYC.” — Korean Association of New York Artists
“Mekong NYC aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services.” — Mekong NYC
“The New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC), a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global and local communities. NYCCC fulfills its mission by offering professional classes, workshops, and performances while nurturing creative and innovative new works that reflect the rich cultural heritages and diverse communities of today.” — New York Chinese Cultural Center
“The New York Coalition for Asian Mental Health (NYCAAMH) strives to improve the quality of mental health care services in Asian American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area. Our mission is to address the unmet mental health care needs and service disparities of the Asian American population through advocacy, community service, professional development and collaboration with government and local service providers.” — The New York Coalition for Asian Mental Health
“Sapna NYC is a not-for-profit organization transforming the lives of South Asian immigrant women by improving health, expanding economic opportunities, creating social networks, and building a collective voice for change.” — Sapna NYC
“Back in March 2020, we noticed how quickly small businesses were closing due to racism and xenophobia, weeks before the mandated closure. As it turns out, most Chinatown businesses were rejected for government loans due to application requirements that are inequitable to immigrant-run microbusinesses. That’s why Send Chinatown Love was born.” — Send Chinatown Love
“Think!Chinatown, a non-profit based in Manhattan’s Chinatown, is here to listen, to respond, and to build Chinatown’s capacities as a strong & vibrant immigrant neighborhood of NYC. Our mission is to foster inter-generational community through neighborhood engagement, storytelling & the arts.” — Think!Chinatown
“Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices that generates much needed momentum to preserve one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods.” — Welcome to Chinatown
“The W.O.W Project is a community-based initiative that reinvents, preserves, and encourages Chinatown’s creative culture and history through arts, culture and activism.” — W.O.W. Project
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“The Asian Chamber of Commerce fosters economic and business development through civic advocacy, networking, collaboration and connections in the Houston Asian American communities and promotes trade between Houston and Asian countries.” — Asian Chamber of Commerce
“Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in Houston in 1992 to ‘promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and its diversity through education and celebration,’ focusing on the month of May, which is celebrated nationally as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and continuing throughout the year. Making a strong positive contribution to our community, APAHA collaborates with varied community and educational organizations and provides ongoing educational, cultural and scholarship programs through the greater Houston area.” — Asian Pacific Heritage Month Association
“The AFAA is a public, non-profit organization established to preserve, promote, and enhance Filipino culture through education and cultural arts, and to provide community assistance and recreation for those living in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas.” — Austin Filipino-American Association
“Austin Kannada Sangha (AKS) is an official non-profit organization for Kannadigas living in Austin and surrounding areas. Kannada is the official language of the State of Karnataka – one of the four states of Southern India. The purpose of this organization is to provide an opportunity for Kannada speaking immigrants from India to promote and preserve Kannada language and culture in North America.” — Austin Kannada Sangha
The term “Asian” can serve as a common unifier… we absolutely understand that it is limiting. It is important to recognize when we say “Asian,” we are actually referring to the vast and broad Asian community. When we use the word “Asian,” we are inclusively referring to Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Pacific Islander, and Eastern Asian cultures. In the Asian community, there are 48 different countries and over * 2,300 living languages and dialects.
We acknowledge all Asian identifying people inclusive of their multiple intersecting identities, backgrounds, and experiences. We believe all Asians and all parts of Asian identities must be included to have an authentic representation of our communities. Our identity, stories, and voices are important.
“Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin (BAGA) is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) that strives to promote and sustain cultural, charitable, educational, and community services on behalf of the Bangladeshi American community living in greater Austin.” — Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin
“The Chinese Community Center is a multi-ethnic organization serving all Houstonians. Our mission is to bridge East and West by enriching families with educational, cultural, and social service programs. We serve diverse cultures, diverse generations, and diverse needs.” — Chinese Community Center
“The Indian American Coalition of Texas (IACT) is a non-partisan organization in Central Texas. IACT strives to educate, engage, and empower the Indian American community about issues related to political and civic engagement. Through various resources, programs, and initiatives, IACT helps Indian Americans and South Asians in Central Texas to have their voices heard and make an impact on the communities in which they live.” — Indian American Coalition of Texas
“The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is the catalyst for vibrant, lasting interaction between the people of North Texas and Japan, impacting lives in a spirit of enduring friendship and trust.” — Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
“The Japan America Society of Houston (JASH) is the leading organization that connects Houston’s diverse community, local businesses, and individuals to advance the mutual interest of American and Japanese peoples.” — Japan-America Society of Houston
OCA-Greater Houston Chapter is a volunteer-driven organization of community advocates that strives to meet the current and evolving needs of a diverse population through a comprehensive continuum of programs targeting different life stages of AAPIs with a focus on developing advocacy, leadership, and civic engagement participation of AAPIs. The OCA-Greater Houston Chapter board members along with key community volunteer members work to implement our programs to empower the AAPI community by utilizing arts and culture to advocate for social justice and provide leadership training; education workshops; arts, cultural, and advocacy awareness; legal clinics; internships; scholarships; mentoring and civic engagement; and monitoring our national and local advocacy, policy positions, and initiatives.
“The mission of the Vietnamese American Community of Austin, Texas (VACAT) is to strengthen the greater Austin community by providing advocacy, social services, and programming that is culturally appropriate to the Vietnamese community. The organization shall support and facilitate cultural preservation, innovation, and creation.” — Vietnamese American Community of Austin, Texas
AAPI Montclair is a 501(c)3 nonprofit representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and families in Montclair, NJ and the surrounding area. We are a brave space to share experiences and help unify our voices to create action and representation for our communities.
Our mission is to create a more inclusive Montclair by uplifting the varied experiences of its AAPI* communities and promoting awareness and education around AAPI culture and history.
“The AICC has evolved to meet the need for entrepreneurial leadership in the Asian Indian business community. It organizes and supports business expos, nonprofit cultural events, business and educational symposiums and humanitarian causes.” — Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
“AWCA (Asian Women’s Christian Association), centered on the love of Christ, provides families with the resources to become healthy, contributing members of society through education, social, and homecare services.” — Asian Women’s Christian Association
“AIA is the grass root national organization of Asian Immigrants in the United States, fostered on the democratic principles of “one member one vote”, with chapters and membership spread across the United States of America. AIA represents the hopes and aspirations of those Asian Indian immigrants who are united by their common bond of Indian Heritage and American Commitment.” —Association of Indians in America
“The Bengali Cultural Society was formed in 1978 with the objective to promote and sustain cultural, religious, charitable, educational, and literary activities, and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and views with various national and international organizations of similar interest.” — Bengali Cultural Society
“Karnataka Cultural Organization – Brindavana (KCOB) is a non-profit cultural charitable organization with the status 501(C)(3), representing people originating from Karnataka (a state in India – home to the Silicon Valley of India – Bengaluru) or exhibiting an interest in the language of Kannada and the traditions and culture of Karnataka.” — Brindavana Kannada Koota
“Starting in 2006, a small group led by Angie Ngai came together to form the Chinese Cultural Club in Fort Lee Community Center. Today, CAFC is a registered non-profit organization with Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We serve over 1,000 members of the Greater New York / New Jersey area…The agency is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, serving the general public. We also host and participate in cultural events.” — Chinese-American Family Coalition
“The Association was formed by people who knew each other as relatives, friends or co-workers…Living in a “foreign country” with its pressures to melt away languages and cultures, they chose to support one another in strengthening their Christian values and maintaining the traditions and practices common to Filipinos.” — Filipino American Association of Central New Jersey
“We at the Filipino-American Community & Development Center of Ocean County Inc’s goal to build a Community Center that can serve many purposes but are not limited to the following[:] a place where Filipino Americans can gather to celebrate culture, to serve the community, create a ‘HOME away from HOME,’ to have a physical concentration of Filipino-Americans sharing ideas and promoting history and education, strive to preserve our Filipino heritage in Ocean County and integrate within local communities.” — Filipino-American Community & Development Center
“Garden State Cultural Association (GSCA) is an Indian American non-profit organization based in New Jersey, USA. Its primary objective is to promote Indian social, cultural, and religions events throughout the year.” — Garden State Cultural Association
“Gujarati Samaj of Tri-State(GST) promotes Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, thereby uniting the community, and raising awareness about Indian culture in the local community.” — Gujarati Samah of Tri-State
“Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central New Jersey (IACFNJ) was established more than 20 years ago by American citizens of Indian origin living in the towns of Central Jersey. The purpose of the organization is to keep alive the culture, traditions and customs of India while imbibing the best from the adopted country.” — Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central New Jersey
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“With a mission to end all forms of violence against women, Manavi began as an awareness campaign on issues concerning South Asian women; today it continues to centralize women’s needs and interests in all its organizational decisions and service provisions. Manavi provides a unique blend of culturally specific support services and intervention methods through Western advocacy practices and linguistically traditional techniques.” — Manavi
“Marathi Vishwa, New Jersey was incorporated on July 8, 1978 as a cultural organization to promote Marathi Language, Art & Culture.” — Marathi Vishwa
“The New Jersey Chinese American Chamber of Commerce (NJCACC) is a non-profit and non-political organization (www.NJCACC.org) dedicated to promoting business among members, primarily assisting Chinese American and other Asian American businesses to integrate into the American economy and facilitating US-China trade.” — New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce
The New Jersey State AAPI Chapter was founded in November 2018 by a small group of visionary physicians Dr. Binod Sinha, Dr. Raj Bhayani, Dr. Kishore Ratkalkar and Dr. Hemant Patel, on the premise to bring together all the Indian physicians who share the same value and commitment to provide service to patients at the highest quality and mentor the younger generation of physicians to take the chapter forward. We are an approved patron member chapter of national AAPI.
“Linda Mayo, the first Asian elected official in Hudson County and former Jersey City Deputy Mayor, recognized the need for a culturally competent non-profit organization. Linda Mayo pioneered the founding of PACCAL with the help of a group of World War II veterans headed by the late Sir Col. Mariano S. Aureus. Linda held the position of PACCAL, president for twelve years and since then became the Executive Director implementing programs and services.” — Pan-American Concerned Citizens Action League
“The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is a non-profit organization comprised of a cross section of Sikh American professionals, businesses and students. Established in 2011 with vision to bring together Sikh American businesses and professionals in the spirit of enterprise, our goal is to provide a forum for effective business networking, promote entrepreneurship within the community and assist other Sikh American professionals in the continued growth of their business and career.” — Sikh Chamber of Commerce
So many people in Hawaiʻi have been taking action on litter and tagging on their own for years or even decades. Still more want to get started, but just don’t know how to begin. We know it is a big step to ignite that enthusiasm and get people engaged in a cause. How often have we told ourselves “someone else will handle it”? 808 Cleanups volunteers are those “someones” and we support them by providing supplies, connecting them with other volunteers and helping them organize their own cleanups.
Since 1986, Adult Friends for Youth has devoted passion, energy, and resources to provide healthy alternatives to gang membership, violence, and school failure. AFY currently serves youth who are engaged in violent and destructive behaviors. Without proper intervention, these youth may be a burden on society with higher risks of incarceration, unemployment, homelessness, and poverty in adulthood. AFY redirects the lives of high-risk youth by providing five distinct programs. Learn more about them on our Programs page.
‘Āina Momona is a Native Hawaiian 501(c)(3) organization founded by Walter Ritte for the purpose of achieving environmental health and sustainability through restoring social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty. ʻĀina Momona is not affiliated with any religious institution. We are led by a board of exceptional Native Hawaiians that support the critical work of our talented staff who work in grassroots communities to restore fragile ecosystems, promote cultural rights and practices, enhance community well-being, and advocate for native rights and social justice.
“The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii was founded in 1911, initially to provide service to the merchants in Chinatown, and to assist the immigrant population assimilating into their new community. Since those humble beginnings 105 years ago, the Chinese Chamber has grown tremendously and now serves as a leader and an active voice for not only Chinatown but the Chinese community in Hawaii.” — Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
The United Chinese Society of Hawaii compiled this list of Chinese organizations in Hawaii.
“The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii provides leadership in promoting Hawaii’s business community through its programs and activities by: Broadening opportunities for Filipino entrepreneurs and member businesses. Strengthening business links between Hawaii and the Philippines. Assisting in the professional growth of its members. Supporting the well-being of the community.” — Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
“Our Mission: To be a vibrant resource, strengthening our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. We do this through relevant programming, meaningful community service and innovative partnerships that enhance the understanding and celebration of our heritage, culture and love of the land.” — Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
“Since 1940, the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce (HKCC) has worked to fulfill the goals and purposes of supporting the Korean-Americans in Hawaii and its business community. HKCC continues its mission to perpetuate goodwill among the Korean community and make life better for Koreans in Hawaii and abroad.” — Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce
“Our GOAL is to facilitate access to an abundant supply of knowledgeable and culturally competent providers through training and recruitment partnerships that will improve the diversity, distribution and quality of the health professions workforce. We provide accredited, high quality continuing education offerings and professional support to meet the needs of healthcare professionals, especially those practicing in underserved areas. These programs are designed to enhance clinical skills and help maintain professional certifications.” — Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center
Our educational programs focus on teaching the concept of “Different Perspectives.” There is no right or wrong way to look at things, just different ways to look at things. Our special-interest programs aim to feature different aspects of Japan, America, and Hawaii-related topics in areas such as business, economics, politics, culture, and environmental issues all with the purpose of enhancing understanding.
“NHOA’s mission is rooted in the legislative intent of the Native 8(a) program, which seeks to provide economic opportunities for our country’s Native communities. The success of a NHO-owned 8(a) BD program participant directly impacts the NHO’s ability to achieve its mission. As such, NHOA serves to enhance the successes of these for-profit firms and provide continued legislative support and advocacy for the Native 8(a) program, which in turn supports economic, social, and cultural endeavors in the Native Hawaiian community.” — Native Hawaiian Organizations Association
As a lāhui we must come together to support our movement. Aina Momona has compiled a comprehensive list of non-profits serving the Native Hawaiian population on Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai, Please view different Native Hawaiian nonprofit organizations from the list. If you are a Native Hawaiian nonprofit and want to be featured on our list, please email us at [email protected]
The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is an independent, international education 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to promote understanding and empower engagement on global and international issues with special attention to Hawaii’s role in the Asia-Pacific region.
As a nonprofit organization, we embrace Asian art, both the traditional and the contemporary.
- Promote the understanding and appreciation of Asian art.
- Encourage the creation, preservation and collection of Asian art.
- Disseminate knowledge of Asian art by granting scholarships to college students taking Asia-related art courses. From 2008 to 2020, twenty-three UH students have received SAAH scholarships.
A grassroots, local nonprofit organization run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers, just like you! We inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups. We also coordinate educational programs, team building corporate cleanups, waste diversion services, public awareness campaigns and we help others organize their own beach cleanups.
To further friendly relations among the Chinese and various Chinese societies in the State of Hawaii; to promote projects of benevolence, charity, and cultural awareness; and to promote the welfare of the Chinese community.
“AFIRE is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipinx/a/os* to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth.” — Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment
“Apna Ghar provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence. Apna Ghar is a human rights organization working to end gender violence with an evidence-based model that factors in macro and micro level conditions that create the unique barriers that our program participants face.” — Apna Ghar
Connecting communities through coalition leadership including Just Democracy Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition
Since its beginnings in 1978, Asian Human Services (AHS) has delivered on a singular purpose: to ensure that every immigrant and refugee across Chicagoland has access to personalized support and services necessary to become prosperous members of society.
“Asian Improv aRts Midwest’s mission is to build a vital, self-empowered Asian American Community in the Chicago area by advancing the understanding and profile of Asian American cultures through the traditional and contemporary cultural arts.” — Asian Improv aRts Midwest
“Bengali Association of Greater Chicago (BAGC) is a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to preserving and promoting literature, art, music and the rich religious and cultural heritage of [the] South Asian Indian community. In the last 43 years, through its many social and philanthropic pursuits, BAGC has nurtured the soul of the immigrant Bengali community.” — Begali Association of Greater Chicago
Founded in October 2007, the first Durgotsob of Bengalis in Chicago (BIC) was formed. And it still continues today…more than a decade later. It has become much more than originally thought. It is not only a meeting place of Bengalis in and around Chicago downtown but friends and families of those Bengalis who may not speak the language but love to immerse themselves in festivities, also come in large numbers.
“The mission of CAI is to enable refugees and immigrants from Cambodia residing in Illinois, especially those in metropolitan Chicago, to become self-sufficient, productive participants in American society while preserving and enhancing their cultural heritage and community.” — Cambodian Association of Illinois
“Founded in 1983, the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to improve and expand business opportunities and to educate others on the history, and culture of the Chinese American community. Chinatown Chamber’s vision is to create a vibrant and exciting destination, for visitors to explore, attractions and incentives for investors, innovative technology and business establishment support.” — Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
“Chicago Tamil Sangam was established in September, 1969 and since then [has served the] Chicago Tamil community. To unite the Tamils living in the Greater Chicago area, fostering their commitment to the promotion of Tamil Values, Art and Language. To provide equal opportunities and a forum for the future generation Tamils to participate, learn and grow in the rich heritage of the Tamil Language and Culture. To reach out to the Chicago Tamil Community on social issues affecting individuals and [the] community at large both locally and in Tamil Nadu.” — Chicago Tamil Sangam
“For over 40 years, the Chinese American Service League’s (CASL) comprehensive programs have connected families and individuals in the Chicago Chinese community and beyond with the vital support they need: providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, putting immigrants on the pathway to citizenship, securing our community’s housing and financial well-being, and providing all with equal access to justice.” — Chinese American Service League
“Proudly founded by ethnic Chinese refugees, Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is led by many prominent individuals from the Asian American community. Our purpose is to serve the needs, promote the interests, and enhance the well-being of low-income, diverse immigrant and refugee communities across metropolitan Chicago through social services, advocacy, educational programming and assistance for youth, adults, the elderly and small businesses.” — Chinese Mutual Aid Association
“Pintig which means pulse in Pilipino, was founded in April 1991, with a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work – using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture. CIRCA was a non-profit arts organization that was founded in December 2001 by members of the PINTIG Cultural Group. CIRCA and Pintig merged in 2006 to form CIRCA Pintig, a community theater company and community education and outreach organization.” — Circa Pintig
“The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a network of high-performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries.” — Filipino Young Leaders Program
“HANA is committed to serving the diverse interests of our community – including immigrants, women, youth, people of color, low-income families, older adults, LGBTQ+ folks, and adoptees. In Korean, HANA means one. We are stronger than we are apart. Our shared history and culture are our strengths. By combining our resources, we can accomplish more for ourselves than we can by ourselves.” — HANA Center
“The Indo American Center (IAC) addresses the needs of South Asian immigrants as well as people from more than thirty nations over the world. IAC provides services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for the diversity of culture and heritage.” — Indo-American Center
i2i’s work since 2005 has included working toward making Asian spaces more affirming of LGBTQ+ folks, immigrant and refugee justice, reproductive justice, racial justice solidarity work, family acceptance of LGBTQ+ Asians, visibility, and wellness.
Currently, i2i organizes progressive educational programming, support spaces, and social events like potlucks. We focus on community activism, primarily around queer, trans, racial, and immigrant justice.
“Founded in 1946, JASC was formed to serve the needs of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children coming to Chicago after leaving the World War II internment camps.” — Japanese American Service Committee
“Project: VISION’s mission is to help youth of Chicago’s Chinatown, Bridgeport, and surrounding communities achieve their full potentials by providing them with tools for educational, personal, and civic development.” — Project: VISION
“The main objective of Maharashtra Mandal, Chicago is to provide the cultural support to all Maharashtrian people now in USA, with roots in Maharashtra. Another major activity of Maharashtra Mandal, Chicago is to help in bringing together Marathi speaking Indian community.” — Maharashtra Mandal Chicago
“The objectives of the formation of MCC are… To be a civic and social organization. To promote the personal and professional development of the Malaysian American community. To sponsor and support activities that enhance the cultural awareness and perception of Malaysian Americans. To enhance the business and career environment for Malaysian Americans.” — Malaysian Club of Chicago
“The Asian Giving Circle, a donor advised fund of The Chicago Community Trust, brings together professionals throughout Chicago to leverage impact on issues of common concern within Asian American communities.” — The Chicago Community Trust Asian Giving Circle
The South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2001 with the mission to serve South Asian Americans in the Midwest, by using research to formulate equitable and socially responsible policy recommendations. SAAPRI’s work has included research and policy initiatives on civic engagement, hate crimes, access to health care, economic development, and immigration
“Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Heritage and Culture in the mid-west region headquartered in Chicago.” — Telugu Association of Greater Chicago
“Vidyaranya Kannada Kuta, Illinois, started in 1973, is a not-for-profit organization catering to the needs of Kannadigas (persons from Karnataka State in India or those whose ancestors are from Karnataka state) of Illinois. The purpose of the organization is to organize meetings, promote cultural activities for adults as well as youth born and growing in USA, and support various humanitarian causes.” — Vidyaranya Kannada Kuta of Illinois
“VAI has served thousands of Vietnamese Americans and other ethnic communities: Facilitating resettlement. Citizenship building. Community seeking employment. Addressing healthcare issues. Raising political awareness. Providing educational opportunities. Addressing multigenerational issues for seniors and youth. Establishing & expanding businesses. Strengthening cultural heritage.” — Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE), a 501c4 nonprofit organization, envisions a just America that assures social, economic, and political equity for the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It works to transform our democracy by politically engaging and empowering the diverse AAPI community, and holding our leaders accountable to progressive values of social, economic, and political justice.
“The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area works to improve and promote Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. In addition to providing public safety and sanitation services, the CIDBIA coordinates several of the neighborhood’s major events including the Night Markets and Lunar New Year Celebration, in addition to Dragon Fest. The BIA also advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning, safety, and quality-of-life issues.” — Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area
“Densho is a nonprofit organization started in 1996, with the initial goal of documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. This evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity.” — Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project
“Mission[:] To foster the well-being of Filipinx in Greater Seattle through culturally appropriate services and gathering spaces. We develop client centered social service programs for Filipinx community members and friends who come through our doors; open our spaces to anyone to gather; advocate for social justice, equity and inclusion for ALL people; and respect and preserve the Filipinx history and traditions through arts and cultural programs.” — Filipino Community of Seattle
“The mission of the Friends of Little Saigon is to preserve and enhance Little Saigon’s cultural, economic, and historic vitality.” — Friends of Little Saigon
“Our mission is to preserve and promote the culture, advocate for the Hmong people, and promote education in the community.” — Hmong Association of Washington
“India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) operates in Western WA with the following objectives: To address basic, urgent, and emergent needs of the Asian Indian community.. To address cultural taboos, stigma and hate by engaging in thoughtful conversations and actions/ To provide community youth opportunities to engage in advocacy and leadership while addressing mentoring, social-emotional development. To provide community youth a platform for advocacy, leadership, organizing while creating awareness. To encourage and foster those activities that improve mutual understanding and appreciation between the Indo-American community and the mainstream American community. To establish and serve as a non-profit, charitable institution under the General Non-profit Corporation Act.” — India Association of Western Washington
“We are an organization that is committed to preserving, promoting, and sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. We do so by creating, funding, and supporting multicultural and inter-generational education that celebrates diversity, art, culture, and language.” — Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington
“Kandelia, previously known as VFA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization providing direct programs, opportunities, and tools to address systemic inequities so immigrant and refugee families and communities can thrive without having to compromise values, heritage or ethnicity. Leveraging our convener model and years of experience rooted in the Vietnamese community, we center youth in our work—championing and building them up so they can be their full authentic selves.” — Kandelia
“Kin On honors, supports, and advocates for our Asian elders and families in the Puget Sound region by offering culturally and linguistically appropriate health, social, and educational services.” — Kin On
“The mission of KCSKC is to nurture the Khmer community by bridging the intergenerational gap between elders and youth, through cultural preservation and promoting well-being.” — Khmer Community of Seattle King County
“KCSC’s mission is to…be a bridge for Korean immigrants and the wider Asian community to fully integrate into society and [overcome] economic, health, and linguistic barriers so that they become independent and thriving members of the community.” — Korean Community Service Center
“The mission is to support, inspire the development of knowledge, talents, and skills of Mongolians and their children living in the Puget Sound through educational, cultural activities.” — Seattle Mongolian Youth Center
“Founded in 1963, The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the Chinese business community. We are a non-profit, non-partisan group that aims to bring together civic, professional and business leaders for advocating, fostering and protecting the interests of our members.” — The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce
ACE Talk is a weekly radio show to facilitate individuals and communities to tell their stories, share diverse experiences and exchange information from the Asian and Caribbean community.
The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to foster unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese faith-based and community-based organizations, businesses and media.
To preserve the culture and heritage of Asians through informative programs. To advance their civic, educational, and social interests in the communities where they live and work. To recognize and honor community leadership that enhances the quality of life and image of Asian American. To recognize and reward Asian American students for their academic excellence and exemplary community service and leadership.
The Florida Asian American Student Union exists to empower & educate students about APIA history.
to develop an informed and engaged statewide non-partisan advocacy network among arts and culture organizations, individuals, artists, businesses and local, state, and federal policymakers and staff. This network would strategically collaborate to increase state’s investment in Florida artists and arts and cultural organizations and elevate the industry, as a whole, to its rightful place as an integral element to the vibrancy of what is now the world’s 17th largest economy.
“Mission: Preserve, enhance, understand and appreciate our rich Gujarati culture by providing engaging interactive opportunities to our members.” — Gujarati Society of Central Florida
HAPAC is an independent, non-partisan political action committee for the Hindu American community. HAPAC’s mission is to identify and support new federal candidates or incumbents who prioritize and are committed to religious freedom, civil and human rights, and other Hindu American interests.
“India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH) is a Florida non-profit organization (FEIN # 59-3521114) devoted to promoting the cultural, social, and educational activities of people from India.” — India Association of Tallahassee
“The purpose of this association is to promote interaction of Tamil community, to uphold its values and culture and to promote the awareness of the breadth, the depth and the richness of the various literatures in Tamil.” — Jacksonville Tamil Mandram
JAO is a non-profit, public charity organized as a Section 501(c)(3) organization and is known for hosting “Orlando Japan Festival” for many years. The Festival showcases a wide variety of Japanese performing arts, attractions and vendor booths and has grown to be one of the largest Asian cultural events in the area. In fact, the last year’s Festival held in November generated an attendance exceeding 3,000 people which allowed JAO to donate the net proceed to regions in Japan struck by the earthquake and tsunami.
“The Society’s mission is to work toward fostering and promoting stronger ties of friendship and understanding between the U.S. and Japan. The goal is to cultivate and enriching and mutually beneficial relationship between the U.S. and Japan, based on a spirit of goodwill.” — Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida
In Florida, we are advocating for the inclusion of Asian American and Pacific Islander history in the K-12 Curriculum of our public schools. Our Coalition is comprised of Florida Educators, Students, Parents, and Community Advocates!
Supporting educators working for social justice and educational equity…. “Our lives begin to end
“Muthamizh Sangam of Central Florida is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Tamil Culture in Orlando.” — Muthamizh Sangam of Central Florida
“We are a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our [tireless] staff, [we] volunteer and involved by participating in our Pilipino-American community.” — Pilipino American Association of Tampa Bay
“The mission of REACH is to promote the Recognition and Experience of Asian Cultural Heritage by reaching out to the Central Florida community. REACH provides many wonderful programs to foster young leaders in the Central Florida community through cultural performances, festival activities, and volunteer opportunities.” — REACH of Central Florida
“TAF was formed in 1997 by several volunteers who shared the dream of promoting the Telugu language, art, and cultural heritage of the people in the Tampa Bay area and other parts of Florida. Since 1997, TAF has grown steadily and has been serving more than 500 families.” — Telugu Association of Florida, Tampa Bay
“ASHA for Women is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to South Asian women living in abusive marriages and homes. Created in 1989 by South Asians to circumvent many of the language, cultural, and social barriers that can stop many from seeking help, ASHA has helped hundreds of women and children move on to lead safer, happier lives.” — ASHA for Women
“The Asian American Society of Central Virginia promotes, strengthens and enhances relationships among the Asian communities as well as the Central Virginia Region by creating awareness and understanding of Asian American interests through leadership and advocacy.” — Asian American Society of Central Virginia
“Since 1996, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) has provided services to survivors of domestic violence in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. It is an organization that was founded by survivors and continues to be survivor-led and driven. Our mission is to address, prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse.” — Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
“Presently, BPSOS has come full-circle by expanding its international initiatives to provide assistance to victims of human rights violations in Vietnam, protecting Vietnamese asylum seekers in neighboring countries and rescuing victims of human trafficking around the globe.” — Boat People SOS
“Kaveri is a cultural organization representing the Kannada speaking people from Karnataka State India, who have settled in Maryland-Washington D.C-Virginia area. The Purpose of the organization is to propagate Kannada language, culture, music, dance, and drama among the Kannada speaking people.” — Kaveri Kannada Association
“KCSC’s mission is to assist and empower Asian Americans and new immigrants to become well-adjusted and fully contributing members of the United States through social services, education, advocacy, and development of resources.” — Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington
“The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote and facilitate the success of our members, the Asian American Pacific American businesses, other diverse businesses and the communities they serve through networking, outreach, advocacy, and education.” — Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
“Asian AACCGP is organized to serve Asian businesses. We will provide variety of services to our membership. We will pursue opportunities for Asian businesses in the main stream. We will be the liaison to corporations to access Asian American Businesses and Asian market.” — Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
“For more than three decades, AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, neighborhood development, and folk arts and cultural maintenance.” — Asian Americans United
“Located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North, Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary arts center offering exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, youth workshops, and a community gathering space. Here, all of us can view and create art that reflects our lives, and think critically, creatively about the future we want to build for our communities.” — Asian Arts Initiative
We are living through one of the most significant political moments in US history – not only has a global pandemic laid bare the structural inequities that are inherent in our socio-economic system, but we are also witnessing a moment of rupture in our political imagination due to the Black Lives Matter Movement. These are critical times. These are exciting times. Now more than ever, Asian Americans in Pennsylvania need a political home to fight for everything our people need to survive and thrive, no matter where we are in the commonwealth.
“The mission of the Asian Community Health Coalition (ACHC) is to eliminate health disparities in chronic illnesses, infectious diseases and mental health by reducing risk factors, promoting healthy lifestyles and applying evidence-based and culturally appropriate strategies and programs in diverse communities.” — Asian Community Health Coalition
“The Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle is a diverse group of multi-generational supporters committed to advancing the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Greater Philadelphia. We envision flourishing AAPI communities made up of safe, thriving, and diverse sectors, strengthened by dynamic leadership that empowers community members to fully participate in all aspects of society.” — Asian Mosaic Fund
“CAGE’s mission is to create a safe space where Khmer Americans feel safe and free to explore and/or learn more about their shared identities, culture, heritage, and history. We seek to foster a group of individuals who use art as activism to foster power in each other, ourselves, and our shared communities.” — Cambodian American Girls Empowering
“The mission of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia is to improve the quality of life of Cambodian Americans in Greater Philadelphia through direct service, advocacy and cultural education.” — Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Inc.
“[Mission:] To help facilitate and nurture an understanding between the oldest culture in the world and the United States American Culture. The CCAI helps to broaden this understanding through the exchange of cultural arts between the two societies.” — Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute
“The Chinese Immigrant Families Wellness Initiative (CIFWI) is a wellness program under the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC). Launched in 2020, CIFWI partners with trusted local mental health professionals and community workers to cultivate a culture of care at the family and community levels.” — Chinese Immigrant Family Wellness Initiative
Pan Asian Association is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization formed primarily for cultural and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) and 509 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, specifically, from its aims and objectives area.
We aim to provide a common platform to the various Asian member organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area for pursuing their common goals and sharing their concerns.
We try to promote, coordinate and support joint efforts in the social, cultural, educational and charitable activities of the member organizations, provide civic and political education to the people of Asian origin and encourage their participation in public affairs and to enhance their contribution to the society at large.
“Penn Asian Senior Services is the largest provider of linguistically-attuned senior services for Asian and other limited English proficient (LEP) older adults in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Since our founding in 2004, PASSi has been committed to ensuring that seniors receive the care and support they need to live independently in the community in their chosen language.” — Penn Asoan Senior Services
“Philadelphia Asian & Queer (PAQ) is a volunteer, social organization that strives to engage queer (LGBTQIA+), Asian Pacific Islander (API) folx within the greater Philadelphia area. Through a range of advocacy, social and supportive programming, we commit to building and uniting our collective voices as a queer, API community.” — Philadelphia Asian & Queer
“The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival aims to serve as a platform to showcase and celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora storytellers and their works. In order to build a more inclusive and informed community, we collaborate with other like-minded organizations that support this mission.” — Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
“Over the past 50 years, PCDC has led residents and friends of Chinatown in defending Chinatown’s right to exist. PCDC has fought against and worked with government and private developers to protect Chinatown and to promote this unique cultural treasure within Philadelphia…But PCDC is not primarily about opposing harmful developments, but about fostering a community that people will want to live in, visit, work in and care about.” — Philadelphia Chinatown Development Coporation
“SAAL’s mission is to work with the community members and businesses to make a positive impact in our community while promoting the South Asian cultural heritage through activities of mutual interest.” — South Asian Association of Lancaster
“Mission[:] To support and serve immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities as they seek to advance the condition of their lives in the United States.” — Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition
“VietLead, founded in September 2015, serves the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. As descendents of a people impacted by war and trauma, we understand that our community is at different places ideologically, emotionally, and materially, so we must meet our community where they are at and commit to direct services, education, advocacy, and organizing in order to build unity towards social justice.” — VietLead
“Focused on economic self-sufficiency and participation in American society, AACA provides a range of services, including English classes, social services, job training, college preparation and a post-graduate retention program.” — Asian American Civic Association
The Massachusetts Asian American Commission announced that it has formally rebranded its name to the Massachusetts Asian American and Pacific Islanders Commission (AAPIC) to reflect our communities’ diversity and celebrate the vibrant history and culture of Pacific Islanders across the Commonwealth.
Established on October 29, 2006, the Massachusetts Asian American Commission (AAC) was a permanent statewide body dedicated to advocating for Asian Americans. With the name change, the Commission’s goal is to recognize and highlight the vital contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the Commonwealth; to identify and address the needs and challenges facing residents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry; and to promote the well-being of this dynamic and diverse
community, thereby advancing the interests of all who call Massachusetts home. –
-Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission
“The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is a political home for pan-Asian communities in Greater Boston. We are a member-led organization committed to building grassroots power through political education, creative expression, and issue-based and neighborhood organizing.” — Asian American Resource Workshop
“We have a deep understanding that we, as Asian American women, are part of a wider community of people who believe in a more inclusive and democratic government. Ultimately, AAWPI’s vision is a movement to empower Asian American women that involves and strengthens us all.” — Asian American Women’s Political Initiative
“The Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) works in underserved and immigrant Asian American communities in the Greater Boston region to create and preserve affordable, sustainable, and healthy neighborhoods.” — Asian Community Development Coporation
“ASPIRE’s mission is to build and empower a community of Asian American women leaders through identity development, mentorship, and education.” — Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence
“ATASK is a nonprofit, community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. We provide services in Greater Boston and Greater Lowell and offer limited assistance in other cities throughout Massachusetts and New England.” — Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
“Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellbeing through education, advocacy, and support.” — Asian Women for Health
“The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) was formed in 1980 and is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community. BAGLY believes in a world that is more equitable and safe for LGBTQ+ youth and prioritizes the needs of LGBTQ+ youth of color, trans and gender non-conforming youth, and homeless LGBTQ+ youth.”
“Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) empowers Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities by providing a broad range of innovative and family-centered programs and services to more than 13,000 children, youth, and adults every year.” — Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
“Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization focused on building a community of adult adoptees with a connection to Korea in the greater Boston and New England area. Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. also works to educate those in the larger community about the issues surrounding international adoption and transracial adoption.” — Boston Korea Adoptees
“GLASS provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston and Greater Framingham areas. As a leader in LGBTQ+ youth services, we also provide education and consultation to other providers and community organizations.”
“The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. (CMAA) was incorporated as a not-for-profit Massachusetts corporation in 1984. It has been granted 501(c) (3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. CMAA has a unique corporate structure in that its “owners” are the members of the Cambodian community of Lowell.” — Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc.
“Chinatown Main Street oversees some beautification programs of the districts, recruiting new businesses, retaining and strengthening existing businesses, and drawing people into the districts to shop and recreate.” — Chinatown Main Street
“Our Mission[:] To promote intercultural harmony, strengthen diverse communities and build bridges between American and Chinese people through interactive educational programs and arts in schools, libraries, museums and community centers throughout New England.” — Chinese Culture Connection
“In a society increasingly marked by diversity – or fragmentation, as some would argue, the CHSNE seeks to provide forums and opportunities that will promote cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect. Above all, by rediscovering the achievements of Chinese immigrants and reaffirming the value of personal trials and triumphs, the CHSNE intend to provide a healing place and a common ground for collective celebration and rejuvenation.” — Chinese Historical Society of New England
“The Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives.” — Chinese Progressive Association
“The Mission of Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center is to promote the general welfare of Asian elders. It is committed to advocate on behalf of Chinese-speaking Asian seniors and enable them to access its comprehensive network of culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate programs and services and enhance their quality of life.” — Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
“IAGB is an Indian American community organization dedicated to civic, community, social and cultural causes. ‘IAGB strives to foster a strong Indian American social, cultural and community presence in New England.’” — Indian Association of Greater Boston
“Over the 25+ years since Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health’s inception, the API community in Boston has grown to comprise nearly 10% of the city’s total population. We continue to provide health counseling and support, referral and screening services, and general health promotion and advocacy for APIs in the Boston metro area and beyond.” — Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders for Health
“QARI’s mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of immigrants and their families in order to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services, such as workforce development, adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public or other community organizations.” — Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
“Saheli is here to offer non-judgemental culturally sensitive domestic and sexual violence services that are vital to the wellbeing of immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence while keeping in mind their unique cultural beliefs and upbringing.” — Saheli
“The Vietnamese-American Civic Association, Inc. (VACA) was established as a Mutual Assistance Association (MAA) in 1984 by Vietnamese refugees to aid Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. Located in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, the heart of Boston’s Vietnamese community, our mission is to promote family self-sufficiency and well-being, and to facilitate community empowerment among the Vietnamese population of Greater Boston.” — Vietnamese American Civic Association
“VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese American community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high-quality child care services.” — Vietnamese American Initiative for Development
“Our Mission[:] ‘To provide all immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to our communities and society at large.’” — Asian American Center of Frederick
“AALEAD’s mission is to support low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs.” — Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development
“The Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (APAC) is a Baltimore-based organization that uses art of all platforms to ensure that the stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Indigenous Americans are seen, heard and valued.” — Asian Pasifika Arts Collective
The Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA) is dedicated to advancing the
Vietnamese American community in the Washington Metropolitan area through direct services,
advocacy, and education. MVMA implements three cornerstones in its approach:
- Empowering families and seniors through direct services and providing access to
government and private programs;
- Advocating for social and economic equality by building awareness, capacity and
solidarity within the community;
- Unifying multiple generations of Vietnamese Americans by promoting cultural
traditions, history, art and language.
“CCACC is a local non-profit organization focused on serving the needs of the Greater Washington community. We provide a wide variety of services and are composed of seven main departments that touch upon the different needs of community members.” — Chinese Culture and Community Service Center
“Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Sangam (GWTCS) is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Washington Area. GWTCS celebrates various Telugu Festivals annually and encourages participation by members.” — Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Sangam
“The Islamic Center of Maryland (ICM) is a 501-C3 non-profit organization with an operational philosophy based on the Holy Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslim families who visit ICM work toward fulfilling their religious obligations and striving for spiritual, intellectual, social and economic well-being.” — Islamic Center of Maryland
“Kairali of Baltimore is registered in the state of Maryland with a focus for promoting the cultural awareness and social activities primarily among the Asian-Indians living in and around the Baltimore, Maryland region (Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, and Delaware).” — Kairali of Baltimore
“The Asian American Advocacy Fund’s mission is to advocate for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in Georgia. Through a combination of policy advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, and by supporting candidates that believe in our values, we fight to create a better Georgia for us all.” — Asian American Advocacy Fund
“Here at Asian American Resource Center, we know that sometimes all it takes to impact lives is a little support. We’re here to lend a hand, offer assistance, and be a voice of reason for those who need it. Since the beginning of our non-profit organization in 1997, we’ve worked hard to take care of the neediest members of our community. Join us and get into the habit of giving, because it truly does make the world a better place.” — Asian American Resource Center
Preserve and promote the awareness, understanding and pride in our Asian Cultural Heritage within our communities and mainstream society through cultural activities and education.
Encourage the exercise of our civil and human rights to the fullest, especially the voting rights, practice good citizenship and promote our communities full participation and contribution to the American society.
Protect Asian American interests thru lawful means, raise awareness and recommend correction to any unfair and discriminatory policies, laws, and regulations affecting our Asian American Communities.
“Atlanta Asian Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Atlanta community about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through films and movies. Our goal is to create an annual consciousness-raising celebration of Asian American cultures through educational and informative films in an entertaining context.” — Atlanta Asian Film Festival
“Atlanta Bengali Forum (est. 2001) is a non-profit cultural organization of Bengalis in Georgia and around the United States. Our goal is to foster a spirit of family, friendship, diversity and community between its members through social and community activities, sports events, musical gatherings and religious festivals.” — Atlanta Bengali Forum
Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta (BAGA) is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) that strives to promote and sustain cultural, charitable, educational, and literary activities on behalf of BAGA in the South Eastern United States. We are a volunteer-run, non-political organization with deep roots in the local Atlanta community. We are part of the Indian American diaspora and conduct various charitable, social, religious and philanthropic activities throughout the year. BAGA was founded over 38 years ago and we strive hard to promote our diversity, rich cultural heritage and our experience as immigrant Indians of Bengali-heritage in the American society.
“CAAG is the machine that drives and moves Cambodian to the forefront on the international stage; to be recognized among other Asian American[s].” — Cambodian American Association of Georgia
“Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) is a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta, Georgia. Our mission is to promote self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy.” — Center for Pan Asian Community Services
“The Fil-Am Association is not only a socio-civic organization but has also been an institution, which promotes the Philippine tradition and culture here in Georgia.” — Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta
“The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce protects, develops, encourages, promotes and fosters trade, business, financial or professional interests and commercial relations between India and the United States, including specifically Georgia.” — Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
“GATS is devoted to preserve and promote our rich Tamil heritage and to foster understanding, friendship, goodwill and appreciation between Tamil-speaking people and various cross-sections of the people of Georgia.” — Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam
“IACA’s mission is to create a bondage among the expatriate Indians, their kids and the American public. This is achieved by preserving the best of Indian culture while creating mutual respect for both cultures based on American values of freedom, individual liberty and pursuit of happiness.” — India American Cultural Association
“Korean American Coalition Metro Atlanta (KAC Metro Atlanta) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan community advocacy organization dedicated to service for the enhancement and benefit of the Korean American community in Georgia. Our mission is to educate and empower the Korean American community in order to encourage participation in civic affairs and to create partnerships among community members.” — Korean American Coaliton Metro Atlanta
“We are one big family of Maharashtrians living in Atlanta area. We are proud to inherit and preserve Maharashtrian culture through various activities throughout the year. Our mission is to promote cultural ties between people of Atlanta (USA) and Maharashtra (India), promote events and activities that help maintain the cultural heritage of Maharashtra.” — Maharashtra Mandal of Atlanta
“Pujari’s mission is to serve individuals and families in the communities in Georgia and neighboring states. Drawing strengths from our diversity, resources, and experiences, we promote cultural events and are advocates for continuous learning and development of our next generation.” — Pujari Atlanta
“With approximately 150,000 South Asians in the metropolitan Atlanta area, Raksha’s mission is to promote a stronger and healthier community through free and confidential support services, education, and advocacy. Raksha strives to be a source of support for all South Asians who may need support.” — Raksha
“Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) was formed in 1981. Over the years it has grown and has become an integral part of Telugu Community in Metro Atlanta and an active participant of Indian community events like ‘Festival of India’ held to commemorate India’s Independence Day.” — Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta
“APIAVote-Michigan is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization committed to justice and equity for the Asian American community through grassroots mobilization, civic engagement, leadership development, and coalition building.” — Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan
Asian Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It was founded in 1994 by Dr. Douglas Chung in Grand Rapids to respond to culturally sensitive human services needs among Asian Americans in West Michigan. Grants have been received from local and state agencies for its operation. In 2009, a second location was launched in Southfield, Michigan to respond to the needs of Asian Americans in Southeast Michigan.
“In its 49 years of existence, ACA has strived to promote the general welfare of Chinese Americans and the Asian Pacific American community by supporting youth education, enhancing the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities, and reducing health disparities.” — Association of Chinese Americans
“The Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) is a Michigan based non-profit organization. Founded in 1995, DCBA primarily aims to foster a bilateral business relationship between U.S. and Chinese companies. Leveraging DCBA’s services is the most effective way of doing business between Michigan and China.” — Detroit Chinese Business Association
“Mai Family Services was established in 1986 to provide assistance to Asian Indian families and individuals in need. Since it was formed, Mai Family Services has expanded to offer services to all South Asians in Michigan.” — Mai Family Services
“MISSION: Establishing connections. Enriching lives. Making a difference. In the Asian American Community in West Michigan.” — West Michigan Asian American Association
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
“Asian Focus is a non-profit (501c3) organization formed to promote, sponsor and support programs to help Asian Americans and immigrants of all generations. We strive to help individuals and their families address the daily cultural and linguistic challenges to better acclimate into American society.” — Asian Focus
Today, The Asian Herald Library is the largest private Asian library in the U.S. There are a total of over 132,000 books of which 33,500 are in Chinese, 35,800 are in Korean, 19,500 are in Vietnamese, 7, 400 are in Japanese. In addition, there are 9,500 books about Asian countries and culture written in English and others.
Join: Contact us at 704-334-3450
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The North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) was founded in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating, supporting and promoting Asian American leaders through professional development programs, community services engagements, and diverse industry connections.
“Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) is a cultural, charitable, social, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Bengali culture, education and social activities in and around the state of North Carolina.” — Bengali Association of North Carolina
CCC of NC is a 501(c) non-profit community organization. Our purpose is to bring the Cambodian communities of North Carolina to work together, to share what we have which is our culture, to show what we know through different creative platforms and expressions, and most importantly, to provide space for young Cambodian-Americans to learn about their cultural heritage and then become ambassadors of their beautiful culture and share it with the greater North Carolina community and enrich it with the beautiful diversities from their own heritage.
“The Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce exists to foster cooperation and interaction within the Asian communities and between the community at large in Charlotte and the Carolinas for the betterment of commerce, culture and communication.” — Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce
The objectives of CAFA are:
- To foster friendship among Chinese and Chinese Americans;
- To help members succeed in the American society;
- To protect the rights of members;
- To promote SINO-American culture, science and technology exchange.
- > Preserve and promote Indian cultural arts by producing programs of high artistic merit that entertain and educate.
- > Reach out to people from diverse ethnic background to increase awareness of Indian cultural arts and build strong community ties.
- > Provide support to improve the lives of underprivileged and distressed people.
The International Hindi Association (IHA) or Antarashtriya Hindi ‘Samiti’ focuses on fostering the cultural heritage of India through promotion and propagation of Hindi and its literature. Its goal is that future generations of indians abroad are not only able to speak Hindi with pride but can also learn and enjoy the reflections of Indian culture abundant in Hindi prose and poetry written through generations.
“Kiran’s mission is to end the cycle of abuse and to serve and empower South Asian victims of domestic violence in North Carolina by providing culturally specific services and comprehensive economic, social and community resources.” — Kiran
“NCNC is a 501c status non-profit organization in North Carolina. Since its inception in 1999, NCNC has hosted many cultural and social events and activities.” — Nepal Center of North Carolina, Inc.
- To promote Nepalese culture and values
- To advocate for human rights, freedom and peace
- To serve fellow human beings
The Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) has empowered South Asian professionals for over 20 years
“The Club’s major goal is to foster deeper cultural understandings between Japanese and Americans. To achieve this goal, the Club promotes US-Japan cultural exchange and conducts local service activities. The Club also aims to provide practical information for Japanese who live in this area.” — Nippon Club of the Triangle
“North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among Asian Americans and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation.” — North Carolina Asian Americans Together
“As a premier nonprofit charitable and educational business organization, the North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA)’s mission is to represent, serve, and promote the common interests of our membership and the North Carolina Chinese business community, with an emphasis in promoting entrepreneurial and corporate development in the fields of science and technology.” — North Carolina Chinese Business Association
“PAANC is the first duly-registered 501c3 tax exempt non-profit Filipino American organization in the state of North Carolina. The organization is comprised primarily of Filipino Americans residing in and around the Triangle who share a common vision.” — Philippine American Association of North Carolina
Raleigh Dragon Boat Club is pioneering the sport of dragon boating in the Triangle area of North Carolina encompassing Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. We sponsor two teams: Relentless and the Chemo-Kazes.
CANC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization with the primary purpose of fostering an understanding of the Tamil language, arts and culture.
TCANC organizes various cultural and social activities to showcase Indian heritage and Tamil culture. Annual events include Chithirai Thirunaal, Summer Picnic, India Independence Day, Tamizh Maalai, Pongal and special events by visiting artists from India.
“The mission of TACAS is to foster Chinese American cultural exchange, promote Chinese language and cultural education, and to serve the community.” ‚ Triangle Area Chinese American Society
“Triangle Area Telugu Association of NC is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a vibrant Telugu community and promote Telugu Culture and language in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.” — Triangle Area Telugu Association
For almost 40 years, Vietnamese Americans in Raleigh have made positive contribution to to the cultural, educational, historical, and economic prosperity of Raleigh and North Carolina.
Vietnamese American community of Raleigh and vincinities strives to preserve and promote Vietnamese culture for future generation of Vietnamese Americans.
“The purpose of VHF is to provide a helping hands to forgotten poor and disabled people in Vietnam, especially old disabled RVN veterans and orphans. We concentrate our effort to help those who do not receive any assistance from the government or other charity organizations.” — Vietnam Healing Foundation
“AK Connection supports adult Korean-Adoptees as whole people; we celebrate the trans-racial/transnational adoption experience as a unique cultural community. We provide cultural, educational, and social programming for adult Korean-Adoptees, their families, and their communities. All programming is planned by Korean-Adoptees for OUR community.” — AK Connection
“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the fastest growing population in Minnesota with over 250,000. AAOP is committed to advancing the AAPI community through grassroots organizing with a comprehensive approach to addressing AAPI barriers and issues in Minnesota.” — Asian American Organizing Project
“The mission of Asian Media Access is to connect the disconnected, and is dedicated to using multimedia arts, technology and community organizing as tools for social betterment.” — Asian Media Access
“The Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) was formed in May 2020 after the murder of George Floyd under police custody and the rise of anti-Asian racism due to the COVID-19 pandemic…Using the solidarity framework detailed in this document, AMAJ seeks to mend the social divides and fight the inequities that are both rooted in white supremacy and that are exacerbated by the pandemic.” — Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice
“Our mission is to build, preserve and promote an enthusiastic, active and supportive community among the Nepalese and friends of Nepal in the State of Minnesota thus strengthening the bond of friendship and cooperation.” — Association of Nepalis in Minnesota
“CHAT exists to nurture, explore & illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions.” — Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
“CAAM is non-profit and non-partisan with the mission to provide cultural, educational, recreational, and other programs to promote the cultural heritage and enhance the quality of life of Chinese Americans in Minnesota. This mission is being carried out through CAAM’s community service programs and by its CAAM/Twin Cities Chinese Language School and its CAAM Chinese Dance Theater.” — Chinese American Association of Minnesota
“Today, we are a social justice network of leaders with a mission to harness our collective power to improve the lives of the community by connecting, learning, and acting together.” — Coalition of Asian-American Leaders
“Our organization is proud to celebrate 66 years of service to the Filipino Minnesotan community. We have dedicated our service to bringing Philippine culture and heritage and continue to serve over 14,000 Filipino Minnesotans statewide.” — Fil-Minnesotan Association
“Filipinx for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice Minnesota (FIRM) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization founded in 2016 by a group of Filipinx community leaders in response to the rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric and bigotry against marginalized communities.” — Filipinx for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice Minnesota
“Nyob zoo and welcome to Hmong Arts, Books & Crafts: The First Hmong Bookstore (easily known as Hmong ABC). At Hmong ABC, we are dedicated to preserving and promoting the Hmong people through our large collections of Hmong arts, books and crafts.” — Hmong ABC
“HAP is a nonprofit social service and community development organization that addresses the needs of more than 25,000 immigrants and refugees across the Twin Cities. We provide support through culturally sensitive programs in five key impact areas: Workforce Development, Economic and Community Development, Children and Family Services, Health and Wellness, and Social Enterprises.” — Hmong American Partnership
“Hmong Cultural Center uses art and education to promote positive race relations in the Twin Cities community. We are the only non-profit in Minnesota that focuses on sustaining and teaching about Hmong culture through multicultural education and cultural arts programs.” — Hmong Cultural Center
“A non-profit organization that has straddled over four decades of community service since its inception in 1973, India Association of Minnesota (IAM) aims to build a strong and cohesive community of over 50,000-strong Asian Indians in the state of Minnesota.” — India Association of Minnesota
“JASM provides a place where both individuals and businesses are able to engage in cultural activities, meet others with an interest in Japan, form new business relationships, learn, and build mutual respect between Japan and America.” — Japan America Society of Minnesota
“The Karen Organization of Minnesota is the first social services agency in the country founded by Karen refugees from Burma. We offer a variety of programs to help refugees transition to life in a new country and achieve their goals. We also provide resources to help organizations learn how to work with this growing community.” — Karen Organization of Minnesota
“KAAM Visions[:] Promote Korean Identity to the Next Generation. Build Cooperative Relationships with Various Korean American Organizations. Strengthen the Unity of Korean Americans in Minnesota. Establish a Korean Cultural Center for Future Generations.” — Korean American Association of Minnesota
“The Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation is an organization dedicated to the promotion of social, cultural, educational and economic ties between the people of Minnesota, USA and the people of Sri Lanka.” — Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation
“Formed in 2004, SEWA-AIFW is a non-governmental, nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to bringing total family wellness to the South Asian Indian community.” — Sewa-Aifw
Sumunar was established in 2002 to promote understanding of and appreciation for Indonesian music, dance, and culture through education and performance. Sumunar offers community classes in Javanese gamelan and dance; school residencies that teach traditional music, dance, and puppetry; and public performances of music, dance, and wayang kulit (shadow puppets).
Sumunar is part of the Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
“Theater Mu produces great performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience.” — Theater Mu
The mission of UCAM is to promote health, social, economic and educational opportunities for Cambodians and other new Americans in Minnesota.
Each year, over 350 volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours of volunteering services. UCAM provides its clients with skills, tools and knowledge necessary to achieve long-term economic independence and successful social integration into American society while fostering ethnic heritage and cultural preservation. The five main areas of programming are Elders, Families, Youth, Health, and Legal Services.
“At Vietnamese Social Services Our Mission Is to maintain the identity of the Minnesota Vietnamese community while addressing the basic economic, educational, and health needs of refugees and immigrants statewide while promoting healthy and thriving communities.” — Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota
To promote & encourage active involvement of all Asian youth in various social & political functions in order to ensure a steady continuous establishment of the current entity.
To continuously provide opportunities and information for Asians to broaden and strengthen their understanding of mainstream American’s traditions and way of life with the ultimate goal of assisting Asians to assimilate comfortably into the American culture.
To facilitate business relationships among Asian and U.S. based companies and to promote the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans
Relationships, mutual mentorship, and support build successful businesses. APACC strives to provide its members with information that is current and important in making strategic business decisions. We continuously identify timely topics and seek leaders in their field to address them from different perspectives to enhance their knowledge and network base in this global economy.
The goal of the Nevada Chapter of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) is to unify AAPINA nurses in Nevada, and to facilitate and promote networking and to develop collaborative partnerships between professional nurses, nurse researchers, nurse educators, advanced practice nurses, and nursing students and community affiliates with the sole purpose of identifying the healthcare needs of AAPIs and optimizing resources to promote healthy living and better their lives.
“The mission of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada. The ACDC will promote, foster, champion and advocate for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the greater Nevada community.” — Asian Community Development Council
“ACRC provides a range of assistance to Asian Pacific Islanders to work in partnership with the state, community, and other agencies in human, economic development services, and health and wellness activities. One of ACRC’s goal is to increase the capacity of these individuals and families to become self-sufficient, help revitalize their community, and build stability so that they become able to create their own opportunities.” — Asian Community Resource Center
The Asian Culture Center is about community, cultural connections, and eventually shared success. The Asian Culture Center represents the peoples and countries stretching from the Turkish border to modern Polynesia.
“The Chinese Association of Northern Nevada (CANN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aiming to facilitate cross-cultural exchanges and provide assistance to all members of our community through educational, recreational, and social service programs.” — Chinese Association of Northern Nevada
“Formed in 2005, the Korean American Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that supports, promotes and fosters business, educational and cultural relationships within the Southern Nevada community.” — Korean American Chamber of Commerce, Nevada
To advance the interests of all Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Nevada through advocacy on issues such as access to healthcare, education, and pathways to citizenship.
“The Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS) serves all Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (SOGI/E or LGBT*) in the Southern Nevada region. Through social and cultural activities, education, mentorship, awareness, and advocacy, we aim to create an inclusive, affirming, and empowering community.” — Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Isalander Queer Society
“The Asian-American Commerce Group (AACG) is a non-profit organization registered with the Ohio Secretary of the State. AACG was formed in 1993 to foster better communication among the diverse Asian American business community and the public sector.” — Asian American Commerce Group
“Asian American Community Services (AACS) is the premier non-profit community-based organization serving the needs of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Central Ohio. Since 1976, AACS has led efforts to empower and develop the local Asian community through its expansive and proactive programs and services.” — Asian American Community Services
“ACA is guided by a Board of Directors, which represents the citizenry who reside in the Cincinnati area from many different Asian countries. ACA has communicated with diverse community groups, engaged leaders within distinct populations, established credibility, and developed shared goals and objectives among the participating Asian neighborhoods, churches, temples, and civic groups.” — Asian Community Alliance
“Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) was founded in 1995 by four women who sought to improve the quality of life for Asians in Northeast Ohio. Today, the organization is the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) focused health and social services 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Ohio. ASIA has taken on the most challenging tasks to help the underserved, low-income, and immigrant communities across the state.” — Asian Services in Action
“AAIWO is an 501(c) (3) non-profit organization for Asian Indian women promoting professional development and education through scholarships and cultural outreach programs.” — Association of Asian Indian Women in Ohio
“The Chinese Association of Greater Toledo, established in 1965, is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) with a clear mission of promoting Chinese culture, tradition, language and business in the region; passing on our proud heritage to the local community; and providing community support programs to the members as well as other groups in the area.” — Chinese Association of Greater Toledo
“The Dayton Association of Chinese Americans (DACA) is a non-profit organization located in Dayton, Ohio. DACA was formed in 1973 to promote the social, cultural, and educational well-being of the Chinese American residents of Greater Dayton; to promote cultural understanding between the Chinese American residents of Greater Dayton and Greater Dayton Community, and to enrich the Greater Dayton Community by rendering those special services of a cultural or social nature that our Chinese heritage makes us especially capable of rendering.” — Dayton Association of Chinese Americans
“The objectives of the India Club are: To promote the welfare and assimilation of Asian Indians of greater Dayton and vicinity; To sustain and perpetuate the heritage and culture of India; To centralize resources, energies and talents for general betterment of Asian Indians; To promote educational, literacy, and cultural activities; To disseminate information and foster amiable attitudes among the various cultural groups for better understanding and cooperation; To raise funds for specified welfare projects.” — India Club of Greater Dayton
“The Ohio Asian American Health Coalition was established in 2002, with the goal of supporting health initiatives of member organizations, promoting research and education to address health disparities, and advocating for improved access to personalized, culturally and linguistically competent healthcare.” — Ohio Asian American Health Coalition
“Founded in Central Ohio in 2016, OPAWL is a grassroots member-led community organization dedicated to social justice. We are building a strong intersectional feminist community with the purpose of building power and progressive leadership in Ohio.” — OPAWL – Building AAPI Feminist Leadership in Ohio
APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.
“The Arizona Asian American Association shall enhance unity, bring awareness to the public of cultural diversity, and address relevant issues, thereby strengthening the relationship between Asian Americans and the community at large.” — Arizona Asian American Association
“Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Advocates (AZ AANHPI Advocates) mission is to empower and engage the Arizona AANHPI community, encouraging civic engagement and educate the community on relevant public policies, to facilitate the creation of an equitable society and inclusive democracy.” — Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Advocates
“The Arizona AANHPI for Equity Coalition mission is to ensure that the AANHPI and other marginalized communities are a part of the decision making process and garner the appropriate resources for the population in need. We will ensure the development of nuanced solutions to both AANHPI and broader community issues pertaining to census count and voter engagement.” — Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity Coalition
The Asian American Women’s Giving Circle supports the health, safety, education, and economic success of Asian American women and girls in Arizona-Asian American Women’s Giving Circle
“Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the Asian Chamber of Commerce Incorporated is passionately dedicated to serving the Arizona Asian American & Pacific Islander community.” — Asian Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
The cultural center was established in 1993 due to the help of student activism by some students from our first club, the Asian American Cultural Association, and other students from marginalized communities. We provide a physical space for students, as well as implement services to achieve the following:
- Promote student success for the diverse East Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi or South Asian American communities on campus
- Increase awareness of the experiences and issues facing the diverse communities represented within APASA
- Provide academic, educational, and cultural programs and resources to engage students to become active citizens in our ever-increasing global society
- Support individual students in realizing their academic, personal, and professional goal
The Asian/Asian Pacific American Students’ Coalition is an alliance of nearly 20 clubs and organizations at ASU. Our goal is to help maintain a strong Asian American and Pacific Islander community within ASU by coordinating campus-wide events that cultivates awareness of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, advocating for and representing the interests and needs of the Asian/Asian Pacific American students, and by remaining active in the community at large-Asian/Asian Pacific American Student Coalition
“APCA was formed in 2002…to meet the health related needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) individuals and families residing in Arizona. Our vision is to inspire diverse communities to seek healthier futures. Our mission is to provide services, advocacy and education for diverse communities resulting in a healthier and more empowered population seeking good health.” — Asian Pacific Community in Action
This website from the University of Arizona aims to offer resources on campus and in Tucson for the APIDA Community and to share APIDA-related businesses to consider frequenting for the non-APIDA identifying community. If you’d like to suggest a resource or business for this website, please submit a suggestion here.
“India Association of Phoenix is a non-profit volunteer umbrella organization that represents all sister organizations and non-profit organizations of the community of Indian heritage in the State of Arizona. Our Mission[:] To facilitate integration of the community of Indian heritage into our new homeland the United Sates of America, while upholding the highest democratic ideals and traditions embodied in the body politic of India and the United States.” — India Association of Phoenix
In 1999, community leaders with roots from Laos gathered to establish a national organization. Today, as a national community-based non-profit, we amplify the underrepresented voices and empower our multi-ethnic community through education, visibility, and collaboration. We set up specific goals to ensure we make our vision a reality: Promote civic participation, education, and leadership across the Laotian American community, Advocate for social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment for all multi-ethnic groups from Laos, Develop a new generation of non-profit, public sector, and corporate leaders, Advance coalitions and community-building efforts, and i
LHF has a mission to promote, preserve, and transmit Lao culture through the arts. We do this by providing music and dance lessons year-round to students in the DMV free of charge. We also host summer camps that teach many aspects of Lao culture, such as traditional Lao dance, Lao language, food, sports, etiquette, history, arts and crafts, and holidays and traditions here locally and across the United States of America.
“Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that has served the Portland metro region since 1983. The mission of AHSC is to be the bridge between Asian and American culture and build a harmonious community. Our vision is to reduce health inequity and improve healthcare quality for all Asians.” — Asian Health & Service Center
“The Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC) serves as a resource for its members to network and to market their products and services. We bring together representatives from all types of businesses to create support for economic development and to ensure the prosperity of the diverse Asian Pacific American community.” — Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington
“The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.” — Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
“JASO (ja-zo) is a member-based, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization consisting of corporations and individuals in Oregon and Southwest Washington. JASO was established in 1907, and is the 3rd oldest Japan America Society in the US. Our mission is to develop business and community by strengthening the US-Japan relationship.” — Japan-America Society of Oregon
“Kalakendra, Society for the Performing Arts of India, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization formed in February, 1987 and incorporated in the State of Oregon. Kalakendra programs are drawn from centuries-old, culturally diverse performing art forms of India.” — Kalakendra: Society for the Performing Arts of India
“KAC Oregon started in July 2014 with a mission to foster a strong Korean American community in Oregon by promoting Korean American participation in civic, legislative and community affairs through advocacy, community service, leadership development and cultural education.” — Korean American Coalition Oregon
“The Chinese American community has been part of the Portland area for over 150 years, and is an essential part of Portland and Pacific Northwest society today. The goals of the Northwest Chinese Alliance are to broaden public awareness and understanding of Chinese American history in the United States, to showcase traditional Chinese performing arts, and in general, to be a community resource.” — Northwest Chinese Alliance
“Our Vision[:] To build a connected and united Chinese community that embraces diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, political beliefs, and religious and cultural traditions.” — Oregon Chinese Coalition
“Oregon CCBA stands for Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, is an organization for the Chinese community, serving all Chinese people living in the Portland and greater Oregon region through its education and cultural appreciation programs. The CCBA Building is a shared resource for all Chinese people, no matter where they come from. It[s] mission is to strengthen ties within the Chinese Community toward the common goal of improving the greater community as a whole.” — Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
Oregon Korean Foundation
The Oregon Korea Foundation (OKF) is a volunteer-run, non-profit that funds organizations and initiatives to benefit the Oregon Korean American community. In recent years, the OKF has supported numerous worthy civic organizations, including for example: the Oregon Korean Community Center, the Korean School of Oregon (serving over 700 families), the Korean American Seniors Association, the Korean Association of Korean War Veterans, the Asian Health & Service Center, the Korean Science and Engineering Association – Oregon, and the Portland International Film Festival.
Established in 1994, IRCO Pacific Islander and Asian Family Center (PIAFC) was the very first culturally and linguistically specific one stop community center focused on the diverse needs of Pacific Islanders and Asians. Guided by an advisory board and multilingual multicultural staff, PIAFC ensures that its services reflect our local Pacific Islander and Asian (PIA) cultures. PIAFC’s vision is to provide and promote culturally relevant services to PIAFC families and to contribute rich cultural values and unique experiences that enhance the overall quality of community life.
“The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO) creates a positive impact on Filipino businesses and the Oregon Economy. We do this through our active, engaged and diverse members and board leaders…One of our most important tasks is preparing the next generation of Filipino leaders through our endowed scholarships, leadership training programs, board involvement and community volunteerism.” — Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon
Portland JACL is the Portland, Oregon chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League continuing to fight against discrimination and other intrusions upon people’s civil rights.
Although discrimination against Japanese-Americans is not as overt today as it was during the 1920s – 1940s, it remains a fact of life for many minority communities and must be challenged in every instance.
“Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment…Portland Taiko performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, offers classes and workshops, and conducts team-building workshops for businesses and community groups. Portland Taiko is eager to share its artistry and educational programs throughout the greater Portland community and the country.” — Portland Taiko
Committed to cultural awareness, educating, and community service. VNCO is composed of volunteers throughout our community to share our heritage.
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