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Since 1993, the Asian American Federation has sponsored the Asian American Community Fund as a way to increase and direct financial resources to nonprofits serving Asian American communities throughout the New York area.

The Community Fund provides donors with various ways to contribute to community nonprofits depending on the amount of time and effort you would like to spend on your philanthropy and personal giving. Larger contributions as well as the ability to sustain gift levels over time can offer you programs with increased focus and impact and a greater degree of involvement from you, the donor.

Annual Grants Program
Special Initiatives
Direct donations
Nonprofits Seeking Grants
Annual Grants Program
To make a donation to the Annual Grants Program, print out our
Community Fund Form and mail it with your check or money order to the address listed on the form.

The easiest and most strategic way to improve conditions for Asian Americans in need in the New York Metropolitan area is by making a contribution to the Fund's Annual Grants Program. For those donors who do not have the time or inclination to explore the many nonprofits offering services to ascertain quality of work, type of programs or financial stability, the Annual Grants Program is the most effective vehicle for your donation.

This program is professionally run by the staff of the Asian American Federation who guide charities through the application process, and make site visits of nonprofits with competitive proposals. A panel of policy experts, philanthropy professionals and nonprofit leaders then review the proposals and recommend grant awards to assure fairness and openness in decision-making.

Making a contribution to the Annual Grants Program means you are supporting the very best services that address the Asian American community's greatest and most immediate challenges today. These include elder care, at-risk youth, civil rights abuses, public health care, hate crimes, immigrant services and community development. Here is a listing of grant awardess:

Close to two million dollars from individuals, foundations and corporations have been distributed strategically through the Community Fund to organizations including: the Filipino American Human Services, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Chinese American Planning Council, Asian Women in Business, South Asian Youth Action, Korean American Senior Citizen Counseling Center, and many others.



Annual Grants Program
Special Initiatives
Direct donations
Nonprofits Seeking Grants
Special Initiatives & Funds
This program addresses the special interests of donors, foundations or corporate sponsors. The Asian American Community Fund staff assists the funder(s) to identify an important issue and worthy organizations uniquely qualified to address that cause effectively. The grant selection process would be designed to ensure the greatest impact for the contributions. For some special initiatives collaborative fundraising to increase grant size and to publicize specific issues will be particularly important. Others might remain within the philanthropy budgets of the donors. Examples of past initiatives include:
Annual Grants Program
Special Initiatives
Direct donations
Nonprofits Seeking Grants
Direct Donations

Some donors are familiar with the work of nonprofits and prefer contributing directly to a nonprofit of personal choice. This is a wonderful complement to the goals of the Asian American Community Fund and we encourage direct donations.

If you would like to make a donation to a particular organization, the following are just a few criteria you should keep in mind as you research nonprofits and make a commitment:

1. The organization does in fact serve the community and people you care about.

2. The organization hires professional staff with the requisite skills and training.

3. The nonprofit is well managed, financially sound and will use your donation wisely.

For your convenience, here is a directory of nonprofit organizations in the New York metropolitan area that provide services and programs to the Asian American community.

If you would like to make a donation to the Community Fund, please print out the Donation Form and send it to us with your check.

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