By Lindsay Wang, AsAmNews & Maya Seo, AsAmNews Intern
Last year, 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 recognize this guide remains a work in progress. Suggestions for additions or changes are welcomed and can be sent to [email protected] 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. Every week, social media feeds are flooded with news reports of assaults and attacks on the elderly, the vulnerable, the unprotected members of our community.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, its latest report released in March reveals the number of reported of anti-Asian hate incidents totaled 10,905 from March 2020 through the end of last year. 57.5% of the incidents occurred in 2021.
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.
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
“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 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”
“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
“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
“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 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 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.
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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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.”
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
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
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.
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