The California Endowment has announced a doubling of a previous commitment in support of grassroots organizations serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to $100 million.
In response to a surge in violence against AAPI communities and individuals and at the recommendation of foundation staff, the endowment's board approved a doubling of investments in AAPI-led power-building organizations across the state to $10 million annually over ten years. The funds will be used to provide immediate support and resources to AAPI community partners on the front lines, deepen understanding of the complexity of AAPI issues, and advance AAPI anti-racist power-building strategies in support of long-term change. The foundation will begin engaging AAPI-led organizations and granting out the funds in May.
"As we work towards a more inclusive state and nation, we have a responsibility to acknowledge these horrific Anti-Asian attacks and work towards healing the trauma the AAPI community has endured," said Winston Wong, a member of the endowment's board and director of Kaiser Permanente's Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives. "The pandemic has exposed the ugly history of Anti-Asian hate in this country. Now more than ever funding such as this is critical in moving the needle on racial equity."
"In our overarching pursuit of dismantling white supremacy and advancing racial justice, we see our AAPI leaders and partners integral to the fight and on-going pursuit of health and justice for all," said Shawn Ginwright, California Endowment board chair and professor of education in Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. "Our Black, Brown, Native, and immigrant communities have been standing in solidarity with our AAPI communities to tear down the walls of racism. And as a funding organization, this commitment is our way of standing in solidarity with our AAPI brothers and sisters and uplift the resilience of communities of color who continue to fight racism in this country."