The Next 20 Years: Deepening our Impact on an Evolving Community
As 2013 winds down, we look back on this milestone year marking our 20th anniversary with gratitude for all we have been able to accomplish over the past two decades—largely thanks to your generous support.
But it is also a time to reflect on new goals as we look ahead to the next 20 years. We are thrilled to start this next chapter by increasing our community impact through a new multi-year grant initiative that more than doubles the grant money we give out annually
. We designed this new initiative, launching in January 2014, based on direct input from our affiliate organizations on their greatest needs.
The resounding consensus is that long-term capacity building
is a top priority, yet funding for these efforts is often the hardest to secure. In response, our three-year grants will focus on areas like strengthening leadership, fundraising efforts and upgrading technology.
“It is extremely gratifying to see the Asian Pacific Fund be so responsive to input from its affiliates, and to take such interest in making our organizations stronger, beyond giving out funding,”
says Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a 2014 grantee.
CAA has engaged in community building and advocacy on behalf of low-income Asian immigrants since 1969. This pillar of the Asian community understands first hand what it means that since 2000, the number of Asians and Pacific Islanders living in poverty has increased by more than 50 percent
or that a third of Asians in the Bay Area speak limited English
. One of its initiatives educates and empowers limited English proficient parents eager to get involved in their children's education
, but who are unable to do so because of significant language and cultural barriers.
CAA does remarkable work, but like many nonprofit organizations, it faces the challenge of minimizing the daily inefficiencies that put a drain on its limited resources. The organization will use our grant to improve its operations and become more effective—work that's perhaps less captivating to many grantmakers than empowering new immigrants, but no less essential.
We look forward to learning and sharing with you how our new grantees grow as they serve our evolving community.
Congratulations to CAA and all of our 2014 grant recipients!