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On #GivingTuesday, AAPI Organizations Also Encourage #GiveAPA

December 1 marks the annual recognition of#GivingTuesday, which uses the power of social media and collaboration to encourage philanthropy.
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After the consumption of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, many in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have been encouraging others to give back on #GivingTuesday and to consider giving to Asian American and Pacific Islander nonprofit organizations. December 1 marks the fourth annual recognition of#GivingTuesday, a global day which uses the power of social media and collaboration to encourage more people towards philanthropy and service, especially during the holiday season.

Over the past year and a half, NBC Asian America has reported on many AAPI nonprofit organizations that work in advocacy, voting rights, health, the arts, education, and more. NBC Asian America does not endorse every campaign or project from every organization, but would like to encourage you to visit each website and decide for yourself who to reach out to on this #GivingTuesday.


APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islanders voters and encourage electoral and civic participation.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) includes five separate civil rights organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Atlanta.

The Sikh Coalition

The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works for civil and human rights for all people, especially Sikh Americans.

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is a national organization working to influence policy, mobilize communities, and strengthen programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is a national chapter organization that works on AAPI women’s issues.

Asian American Writers Workshop

Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW) is a national nonprofit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans.

Gazillion Strong

Gazillion Strong is an organization that develops resources and tools to help people in marginalized communities speak and advocate for themselves, including adoptees, foster alums, immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQ community members.


VAYLA is a progressive multi-racial community-based organization in New Orleans that empowers youth and families through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change.

For more ideas, blogger Jenn Fang has created a comprehensive list of AAPI nonprofit organizations, and National Council of Asian Pacific American has created a list of member organizations participating in #GivingTuesday. In her blog, Fang encourages readers to do their own research in order to find the right organization to support.

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