To serve the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in their pursuit of belonging and prosperity that is free from discrimination, slander, and violence.
“Have come, Am here.”
-Jose Garcia Villa, celebrated Pilipinx immigrant and poet
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have called the United States of America home for over two centuries. The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is stepping up to protect our fundamental right to belong and prosper, free from cycles of discrimination and violence.
From the first recorded settlement of Filipinos in 1763 escaping imprisonment aboard Spanish Galleons in New Orleans, and throughout each succeeding wave of immigration from Asia and the Pacific since then, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have fought and endured in our struggle to be valued by American society.
Despite our AAPI communities' remarkable success and vital contributions across social, economic, and political realms, progress towards greater national acceptance and belonging continues to be threatened by unchecked cycles of xenophobia and race-based violence. The time for change is now.
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) believes that a better America is not only possible but necessary.
Even as the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, AAPI communities are severely underfunded. We are consistently denied opportunities for professional advancement. Our most vulnerable are overlooked and violently assaulted daily.
We want to close the vast AAPI economic and influence gap. Our board has made the largest philanthropic commitment in history focused specifically on AAPI communities—and this is just the beginning.
We serve the 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who strive to build on the promise of America and create a future that we—and the next generation—deserve. Every single one of us is part of the American story—and The Asian American Foundation is here to stand up for us all.
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What We Do
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) provides funding and resources to build the infrastructure to improve AAPI advocacy, power, and representation.
We mobilize resources for the community to build infrastructure to generate long-term influence, dismantle injustice, and advocate for the well-being of all AAPIs.
We bring together activists, civil rights organizations, CEOs, corporations, policymakers, and AAPI leaders to align efforts and celebrate our collective contributions to American society.
We identify and address the AAPI community's most pressing challenges.
our focus areas
The hate stops now. We invest in solutions that end the cycle of violence, and protect AAPI communities against hate in the future.
Data & Research
Numbers have power. We develop the tools and culturally nuanced data collection standards that will center AAPIs in future policymaking, advocacy, and philanthropy.
Belonging starts with visibility. We invest in storytelling—across education, media, film, and the arts—that reflects AAPIs as part of the American story, and cultivates greater cultural awareness and empathy.