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Non-profits compete for share of $500,000 from Gold Futures Challenge

10 non-profits are vying for half a million dollars in prizes from the Gold Futures Challenge.

The annual competition allows AAPI nonprofits to compete for prize money designed to bring equality to philanthropy.

Less than 1% of charity dollars goes to AAPI nonprofits even though they comprise 6% of the U.S. population.

The stereotype of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as being a model minority hurts the community as foundations believe the community does not have any needs.

The community has a chance to decide where the money goes by voting for three of the ten charities selected for this year’s Gold Future Challenge.

The ten charities are:

  1. Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (North Carolina)
  2. Jahajee Sisters: Empowering Indo-Caribbean Women (New York)
  3. Asian American Voices for Education (Georgia)) 
  4. The Yappie (New Jersey – National) 
  5. Cutfruit Collective (California)
  6. Purple Mai’a Foundation (Hawaii) 
  7. The SEAD Project (Minnesota)
  8. Asian Texans for Justice (Texas) 
  9. RYSE (Hawaii)
  10. Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies (New Jersey)

“By minimizing barriers to participation, the Gold Futures Challenge serves as the embodiment of democratizing philanthropy.” says Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director of Asian American Futures. “The decision making is where it belongs – in the hands of the community.” 

The challenge is a collaboration with GoFundMe.org’s AAPI Community Fund.

“The needs of our community are vast and we are not a monolith.” says Jeremy Tran, Executive Director of Gold House. “We are proud that our 2022 finalists represent different regions, ethnic groups, and a broad range of issues. Our top 10 showcase how AAPIs are seen, heard, empowered, and united.” 

The 2022 finalists represent a diversity of needs including Indo-Caribbean women, Burmese Americans, and NHPI women to Southeast Asians. Issues range from LGBTQ+ advocacy, women’s empowerment, civic engagement, journalism, cultural preservation, and food sovereignty. 

You can help choose the grant recipients by voting here.

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