Invest in Us

Building Power in our Community

APIAVote‘s impact is powered by philanthropic investments from our funding partners. Together, we strengthened AAPI communities across the U.S. by giving them more access to and including them in our shared democracy through civic engagement.

According to the 2020 US Census, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are growing in almost every state and the District of Columbia! To meet the exponential growth and diversifying needs of our communities, your sustained support is needed every year. Your sustaining support allow us to:

  • Invest early in growing AAPI communities: By expanding our Alliance for Civic Engagement network we are strengthening our collective power to ensure our voices are heard and our needs and concerns are addressed.

  • Build a pipeline for future community leaders: There is an awakening of AAPI activists, young and young-in-spirit, across the country. Your support will enable APIAVote to tap into this new generation of leaders and support their ability to build power through community.

  • Combat mis and dis-information: In many parts of our AAPI community mis and dis information is not being monitored or countered with fact or honest reporting. Your support helps us strengthen the infrastructure to address this threat.

  • Meet this moment: APIAVote is the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic engagement in our AAPI communities. As our numbers and power grows APIAVote needs your support to serve our growing and diverse needs.

 

 

What We Do

APIAVote is the nation’s leading nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to promoting civic engagement in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Since 2007, our action-driven organization has built a nationwide network of community-based organizations that has led local, state, and national initiatives ensuring AAPIs are represented and heard. Our work focuses on:

Logo, icon Description automatically generatedGetting AAPIs to be counted in the US Census, registered to vote, and out to vote while also protecting the freedom to vote so that they can use their collective voices to advocate on issues important to them.

Icon Description automatically generatedIdentifying and investing in trusted organizations that directly serve AAPIs by providing them with expert training and financial resources to effectively engage with their community members of diverse ages, backgrounds, and languages.

Icon Description automatically generatedConducting research and supporting policies that help AAPIs build collective power by expanding and strengthening the public’s recognition of AAPIs as a growing national force as the margin of victory.

Working closely with a deep network of partners, our organizing and communications efforts have encouraged millions of AAPIs to participate in the US Census and vote in local, state, and federal elections. The results are clear: AAPIs are determining the outcomes of elections, resulting in our communities being recognized and addressed.  

Our Core Competencies

Identifying and partnering with trusted and effective local, state, and national organizations who best serve and understand their AAPI communities. 

Recruiting resources from national funders and working together to align their investments with the right organizations, strategies, and tactics to achieve their goals, then efficiently disbursing those resources.  

Having the knowledge, experience, and connections to train and support its national network of community-based partners and the broader field of AAPI-serving organizations to embed civic engagement into their existing efforts to serve their communities. 

Our Approach

APIAVote’s approach is unique because of our commitment to developing functional, goal-oriented relationships with organizations who are trusted by our communities. APIAVote and its active ACE network of grassroots partners are trusted not only by their community, but also by funders, elected officials, corporate leaders, and the media for their understanding of and responsiveness to our communities, who are made up of more than 50 ethnicities and speak over 100 different languages and dialects. Here is a sample of how our approach creates impact and is building real power: 

In the 2020 election, despite the rise in anti-Asian hate and the COVID epidemic, AAPI voter turnout was record-breaking, increasing their turnout by 49.7% compared to 2016. This was due in large part to APIAVote’s national voter engagement strategy that touched nearly 700,000 AAPI households with mailers that reflected their communities, and phone and text banking, and targeted digital ads that connected with voters in the language and dialects that they are most comfortable. 

For the 2020 Census, APIAVote and its ACE network conducted a major Get Out The Count campaign. This campaign explained the importance of the US Census in the languages and dialects that encouraged participation. This resulted in the Census showing that the population of Asian Americans is growing by double digits in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and that Pacific Islanders are also growing by double digits in 48 states and District of Columbia.

At the local level, AAPI communities are strengthening their voices and impact with support from APIAVote. For example, in Las Vegas, the Asian Community Development Council (“ACDC”) began with a successful voter registration initiative funded by APIAVote in 2015. Today, ACDC has become the area’s preeminent AAPI community organization with a $3 million budget. 

The strength of APIAVote’s ACE network and unique capabilities, there is a growing national recognition of AAPIs as a key constituency who’s needs, and concerns deserve direct attention. We invite you to Invest in our work to scale our impact and ensure that we continue to strengthen the infrastructure that encourages and empowers Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to be an included and important part of our democracy.

For more information, contact development@apiavote.org

APIAVote works closely with roughly 80 national and local partners as part of our Alliance for Civic Engagement (ACE). Together, we focus on engaging, educating, and empowering the nearly 20 million AAPIs in the United States to strengthen their voices and create impact.  Because, while we are among the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., AAPIs are often underrepresented and underserved.

National Partners

AAPI Data

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)

Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs (APAPA)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

Center on Civic Engagement (COCE)

 

Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate (CSAH)

NAPABA

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)

New American Leaders

State Voices

Xin Sheng Project

State and Local Partners

Arizona

AZ AANHPI for Equity

OCA-Phoenix

California

Asian Law Alliance

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

Asian Pacific Islander Initiative (API Initiative)

Empowering Pacific Islander Community (EPIC)

Colorado

Asian Pacific Development Center

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 5

Florida 

Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF)

Florida Asian Services

Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association

NAAAP – Central Florida

Pi Delta Psi Foundation

Georgia

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

Georgia Redistricting Alliance

Hawaii

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA)

Iowa

Iowa Asian Alliance

Illinois

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago

Louisiana

VAYLA New Orleans

Massachusetts

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Chinese Progressive Association (CPA-Boston)

Michigan

Rising Voices of Asian American Families (RVAAF)

APIAVote Michigan

Minnesota

Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)

Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders (CAPI)

Missouri

Missouri Asian American Youth Foundation

OCA-St. Louis

North Carolina

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT)

Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC)

 

New Jersey

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)

Philippine-American Friendship Community

NaFFAA New Jersey

New Mexico

New Mexico Asian Family Center (NMAFC)

Nevada

Asian Community Development Council (ACDC)

New York

APA Voice Coalition

MinKwon Center for Community Action
New York Immigrant Coalition (NYIC)

Ohio

Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA)

OCA Greater Cleveland

TARGET Ohio

Oregon

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)

Pennsylvania

Asian Americans United (AAU)

Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC)

Southeast Asian Mutual Aid Associations Coalition, Inc. (SEAMAAC)

VietLead

Rhode Island

Center for Southeast Asians

Texas

OCA – Greater Houston Chapter

Asian Texans for Justice

Dallas – SAAVETX Education Fund

North Texas – Asian Pacific American Islander Public Affairs (APAPA)

Utah

JACL – Utah Chapter

OCA – Utah Chapter
National Tongan American Society (NTAS)

Virginia

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 2

Hamkae Center

New Virginia Majority

Washington

Asian Community Referral Service (ACRS)

APACEvotes

Wisconsin

Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health

Freedom, Inc.

Wisconsin AAPI Coalition