The American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Civic Engagement Fund is a national initiative established in 2014 to instill a culture of year round civic engagement in local AAPI communities across the country. We were formed in response to a longstanding need to increase the participation and influence of AAPIs, as a part of the New American Majority, in all facets of American civic life.
As the fastest growing minority group in the country, AAPIs now number close to 19 million. Despite this growth, voter registration and turnout rates are disproportionately low and AAPI civic participation groups are under-resourced. In 2014, a group of pioneering donors came together to discuss ways to substantively boost AAPI civic engagement. It became apparent that a specific fund dedicated to expanding and deepening community capacity was needed. Thus the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund was conceived.
The AAPI Civic Engagement Fund’s founders are the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and NEO Philanthropy as well as the Four Freedoms Fund and the State Infrastructure Fund, whose donors include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, among others.
Updated on 2016-04-26T09:48:31+00:00, by .