The California Endowment has introduced a doubling of a earlier dedication in help of grassroots organizations serving Asian People and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to $100 million.

In response to a surge in violence in opposition to AAPI communities and people and on the advice of basis employees, the endowment’s board permitted a doubling of investments in AAPI-led power-building organizations throughout the state to $10 million yearly over ten years. The funds will likely be used to offer quick help and assets to AAPI neighborhood companions on the entrance strains, deepen understanding of the complexity of AAPI points, and advance AAPI anti-racist power-building methods in help of long-term change. The inspiration will start partaking AAPI-led organizations and granting out the funds in Might.

“As we work in direction of a extra inclusive state and nation, we now have a accountability to acknowledge these horrific Anti-Asian assaults and work in direction of therapeutic the trauma the AAPI neighborhood has endured,” stated Winston Wong, a member of the endowment’s board  and director of Kaiser Permanente’s Disparities Enchancment and High quality Initiatives. “The pandemic has uncovered the ugly historical past of Anti-Asian hate on this nation. Now greater than ever funding comparable to that is crucial in shifting the needle on racial fairness.”

“In our overarching pursuit of dismantling white supremacy and advancing racial justice, we see our AAPI leaders and companions integral to the battle and on-going pursuit of well being and justice for all,” stated Shawn Ginwright, California Endowment board chair and professor of schooling in Africana Research at San Francisco State College. “Our Black, Brown, Native, and immigrant communities have been standing in solidarity with our AAPI communities to tear down the partitions of racism. And as a funding group, this dedication is our approach of standing in solidarity with our AAPI brothers and sisters and uplift the resilience of communities of coloration who proceed to battle racism on this nation.”

“The California Endowment commits $100 million to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout California.” California Endowment press launch 04/12/2021.