After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday excesses, many in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have been encouraging people to consider giving to AAPI nonprofits on this year's #GivingTuesday.
Falling on Nov. 29, the fifth day of recognition uses the power of social media to encourage more people toward philanthropy and service during the holiday season.
"While there are many worthy causes to support this Giving Tuesday, I hope people will consider [Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander] AANHPI organizations in particular, as our voices must be as strong as ever to protect our civil rights, immigrant rights, health care, and more," Christopher Kang, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), told NBC News. "When only 0.3 percent of foundation investments support AANHPI communities, it is up to individuals to help ensure that we can stand up and speak out."
Last year, NBC Asian America featured APIAVote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), The Sikh Coalition, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW), Gazillion Strong, and VAYLA.
Without endorsing every campaign or project from every organization, NBC Asian America would like to encourage readers to visit these and other nonprofit organizations in order to decide whether to contribute or to volunteer. This year, NBC Asian America would like to highlight:
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan South Asian American organization that advocates for South Asian American communities and works to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT's strategies include public policy analysis and advocacy; building partnerships with South Asian American organizations and allies; mobilizing communities to action; and developing leadership for social change.
- South Asian American Org Cuts Ties with Southwest over Profiling Allegations
- Opinion: Why South Asians Should Care About Immigration Reform
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations which seeks to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.
- 'Family Is Still Family': Bilingual PSAs Bring Support, Community to LGBT Families
- Parents Come Out To Support LGBT Kids In Multilingual Ads
Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF)
The Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF) is a national Sikh-American media and educational organization that seeks to empower Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans.
- White House Hosts Event Celebrating 'Remarkable Life' of Sikh Religion Founder
- Sikhs, DC Community Share Ideas, Meal at Third Langar on the Hill
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing. AALDEF focuses on issues such as immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.
- Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Law That Violates Voting Rights Act
- Analysis: How Exit Polling Missed the Mark on Asian Americans
Empowered Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Empowered Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) seeks to empower Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to promote social justice by engaging these communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development.
- Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders Push for Recognition in Education Data
- Asian-American Community Applauds Presidential Election Forum
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a national organization that works to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
- Mosque Attacks, Apparent Anti-Islam Spending Up: Report
- Muslim Group Spotlights Islamophobia, Distributes 'Blind Intolerance' Medicine at RNC
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities is a New York City grassroots organization working with diverse poor and working class Asian-American immigrant and refugee communities to to fight for institutional change and toward racial, gender, and economic justice.
- 'Police Violence Will Repeat Itself': Asian Groups Call For Accountability
- Debate Over Police Accountability, After Peter Liang Conviction, Spans Generations
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) was founded in 1989 to address the low numbers of AAPIs serving in the public sector by engaging and training the next generation of AAPIs in public service careers and to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the AAPI community.