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White House and foundations come together to fund Asian-American initiatives

April 20, 2012

I was thrilled to read about how more than 50 foundations have come together with the White House’s AAPI initiative to pledge at least $1 million for public-private partnerships and philanthropic activities to benefit Asian-American communities.  Through the US Department of Education, the White House Initiative and foundations like Kresge, Ford, and W.K. Kellogg will fund projects on issues “from building community capacity to improving language access, to tackling significant disparities among Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Southeast Asian Americans, to combating discrimination and bullying and harassment of LGBT, South Asian and Muslim communities.”  (H/T Foundation Center)

SAPP hopes that some of the funding will be used to research the giving practices of Asian-Americans and create tools to promote even more charitable giving and volunteering among this growing population.  Talk about a great investment with excellent returns!

And speaking of the White House, just a quick note that SAPP friend Khyati Joshi of Fairleigh-Dickinson University is speaking there today about her research “to help improve understanding of South Asian religious communities in the United States and inform the development of policies and best practices in the area of Homeland Security.” Congrats, Khyati!

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