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Stories of Philanthropy

This is an excerpt from our growing collection of stories about Asian American philanthropy. These individuals have generously shared their experiences and represent the many ethnic communities and traditions of philanthropy that comprise Asian America. We invite you to visit them through our movie, photo gallery and story collection. We also invite you to submit a donor story to add to our repertoire.

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Our philanthropists come from such varied backgrounds and are motivated by diverse experiences. Some are stories of survival. Some are stories of success. Some are about great wealth, enormous gifts and fame, while others are about daily acts of sharing and helping. All are stories of the dreams we dream when we imagine how much better the world could be when we work together.

Hyonja Lee Abrons reminisces how volunteer and fund-raising work with close friends has been a personal source of warmth and camaraderie while doing good.

Paul D.C. Huang reflects on his family's charitable interests both here and abroad.

Daniel K. Inouye takes pride that Asian Americans contribute to this country regardless of historical rivalries or harsh treatment.

Marie Lam stresses the need to be strategic with our charitable planning.

Midori Shimanouchi Lederer tells us why she gives back to the community.

Chong-Moon Lee explains how he is committed to setting an example of how Asians contribute to this country to make it stronger.

Navin C. Mehta remembers the lessons his father tought him about sharing good fortune.

Yoko Ono expresses her personal joy and hopes for the future through her philanthropy.

Jimmy K. Pang finds it in himself to help others by being a mentor to Asian American youth.

Francis Y. Sogi shares the story of his growing involvement with the community.

Oscar Tang talks about giving back to the country that took him in and helped him succeed after leaving China.

Tran Dinh Truong recalls helping his fellow Vietnamese escape communist Vietnam.

Procopio U. Yanong remembers the values his parents instilled in him growing up in a village in the Philippines.

Mona Lisa Yuchengco urges others to use philanthropy as a civic tool.

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New Heritage of Giving Presentation
View our special presentation of "A New Heritage of Giving: Philanthropy in Asian America" featuring images from noted photographers like Lia Chang, Corky Lee and Stephen Wunrow. Please click on the viewing format:
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Submit a Philanthropy Story
Please nominate a donor who you feel embodies the spirit and goals of Asian American Philanthropy and help us expand our collection of donor stories by using our Donor Nomination Form.

If selected, in addition to featuring the donor's story in this website, we can also highlight a nonprofit organization of the donor's choice.

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