Silicon Valley Community Foundation celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This May, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by honoring the history, achievements, leadership and resilience of AAPI communities.

Anamatangi Polynesian Voices

Anamatangi Polynesian Voices connects East Palo Alto residents to essential services
Since 1984, SVCF grantee Anamatangi Polynesian Voices (formerly known as Pacific Island Outreach) has aimed to support the mental, physical, communal and spiritual wellbeing of East Palo Alto Pacific Islander families and groups that seek them out, acting as a bridge for people to receive immigration rights education, mental health referrals, parenting skills training and more.
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AAPI leaders Sachi Yoshii, Eddy Zheng and Sarita Kohli

Podcast: Honoring AAPI Heritage Month and responding to anti-Asian violence
Amidst the recent rise in reported anti-Asian violence and hate crimes, this year’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has a solemn undertone. In this episode, SVCF Director of Community Investment Anne Im is joined by Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) CEO Sarita Kohli, New Breath Foundation President and Founder Eddy Zheng and East Bay Community Foundation Vice President of Strategy and External Relations Sachi Yoshii.
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San Jose Museum of Art features Chopsticks Alley’s “Ap U” Exhibit

Chopsticks Alley Art bridges communities
Trami Cron’s family fled Vietnam for France when she was a child. She remembers the overwhelming feeling of not speaking the language — and the time a family friend took her to an art class. “I was able to just be — language didn’t matter,” said Cron, who today is executive artistic director of Chopsticks Alley Art.

The idea that art can bridge communication gaps is central to her work with Chopsticks Alley Art, which highlights Southeast Asian art and artists through exhibits, classes and cultural events.
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Civic participation grant boosts Vietnamese American Roundtable’s racial justice work
As the Bay Area, like the rest of the country, confronts a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, Silicon Valley Community Foundation continues to support nonprofits that are working for racial justice.

A recent round of grants from SVCF’s Community Catalyst Fund for Civic Participation included the Vietnamese American Roundtable, which seeks to bring the local Vietnamese community together through civic engagement, community building, and cultural learning.
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Support New Breath Foundation’s fund for AAPI solidarity

Among the many nonprofits doing essential work within these communities, we’d like to highlight New Breath Foundation and give you a chance to support its effort to raise more than $10 million for AAPI communities committed to building power and cross-racial solidarity.

NBF was founded in 2017 by Eddy Zheng, whose experiences while incarcerated as a juvenile and young adult inspired his commitment to eradicate systemic racism and discrimination. The foundation is based in Oakland and its mission is to support AAPI immigrants and refugees, people impacted by incarceration and deportation, and survivors of violence.

Now, in partnership with the East Bay Community Foundation, NBF seeks to raise more than $10 million for its New Breath Foundation Community Fund with the intention of making grants aimed at supporting community organizing, violence prevention, power-building among AAPI organizations, increasing long-term sustainability of organizations working toward racial inclusion and equity, and more.

You can donate to the New Breath Foundation Community Fund on the EBCF’s website, or you can donate to NBF on their website.

AAPI-Focused Nonprofit Organizations and Funds

Addressing anti-Asian hate, racial solidarity and community building

Local AAPI Nonprofit Organizations

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucusrepresents the civil and legal rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities.  They are a part of a broader network of affiliates across the nation that also works on policy issues impacting the communities, including hate crimes. Geographic Focus: San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, California

CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative works with nail salon workers and is developing a toolkit focused on the protecting the Asian community from anti-Asian hate and also doing racial solidarity work with the Black community.  They will share their work statewide and nationally with other networks. Geographic Focus: San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and Statewide

Asian Americans for Community Involvement is a multi-service agency that also leads advocacy efforts for Asian American community. They also manage the Asian Pacific Islander Justice (API) Coalition of Silicon Valley, a network of API organizations in the county and are working closely with other nonprofit organizations to address issues of anti-Asian hate. Geographic Focus: Santa Clara County

Vietnamese American Roundtablefocuses on community building, civic participation and cultural learning. They are engaged in anti-racism work, building links between the AAPI community and other communities of color. Geographic Focus: Santa Clara County

AAPI Power-Building and Capacity-Building Funds

Asian Pacific Fund – Solidarity Fund provides grants to organizations working to address the persistent anti-Asian racism, including supporting the physical and mental health of survivors, ensuring the safety of seniors, and advocating for racial justice across racial lines.

National Movement-Building and Public Policy Organizations

AAPI Civic Engagement Fund fosters a culture of civic participation within AAPI communities by supporting the growth of AAPI groups as organizational movement- and power-building leaders that achieve specific policy, systems and transformational change. Their programming includes grantmaking, narrative change, research and tools, and movement-building.

Asian Americans Advancing Justiceadvances the civil and human rights for Asian Americans to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. They are a leading national voice for the Asian American community fighting for civil rights through education, litigation and public policy advocacy.

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