Building the next generation of AAPI leaders since 2010.
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Check out what we’ve accomplished together in our 2023 CalAsian Foundation Impact video.
The leadership from some of California’s most influential companies recognized that more needed to be done to give Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in California the type of skills and access to opportunities available to other groups. The CalAsian Foundation was launched with programs designed to deliver professional leadership development, critical education and training, and civic participation opportunities to AAPI communities in California who for too long have been skipped over. Changing outcomes requires new, cutting-edge practices and determined leadership, and that is what the CalAsian Foundation provides.
Our Program Focus Areas
Challenges to the AAPI Community
Between 2000 and 2019, the Asian American population in California grew by more than
the largest growth in the U.S. (Pew, 2021). With this growth comes unsolved challenges.
From 2020 to 2021, anti-AAPI hate crimes have increased by
40% of those crimes have been reported in California, home to the nation’s largest AAPI population (CBS News, 2022).
In philanthropy, communities of AAPI have received less than
of charitable giving (The Asian American Foundation, 2021).
of AAPI small businesses have reported negative business effects from the pandemic. Almost half have laid off staff (National Asian/Pacific Islander Asian Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, 2020).
Even though AAPI’s on average have a high household income, because of certain struggling AAPI groups, AAPI’s actually have a
higher poverty rate than non-Hispanic whites at 9.8%. Over 30% of Southeast Asians live on welfare, with 20% of Cambodians living below the poverty line (NPR, 2013).
AAPI’s are the most underrepresented in politics at
relative to their population in 2020 (Reflective Democracy Campaign, 2021).
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CalAsian Foundation is committed to providing pathways that will continue to advance AAPI leaders. Our programs have impacted the lives of many in accelerating careers, businesses and civic participation. Be a part of our journey in continuing our efforts by contributing to our cause.
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