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Organization of Chinese-Americans, Inc.

Embracing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans

aka OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter   |   Cleveland, OH   |  https://ocagc.org/

Mission

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland chapter is a membership-driven non-profit, organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio. The local chapter was founded in 1983 as the OCA Northeast Ohio chapter and merged with the Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland in 1995 to form the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland (OCAGC). In 2013, the organization rebranded nationwide as OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates.

Ruling year info

1975

President

Lisa Wong

Main address

2999 Payne Avenue, #206

Cleveland, OH 44114 USA

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Formerly known as

OCA Cleveland Inc.

Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

Organization of Chinese Americans, Northeast Ohio Chapter, Inc.

EIN

52-1306697

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

OCA Greater Cleveland serves the AAPI community of Northeast Ohio to promote cultural heritage, active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice, equal treatment, and equal opportunity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Civic Engagement

The OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter serves the continually growing Asian Pacific American community of Northeast Ohio and works to promote active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice, and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Ethnic and racial groups
Pacific Islanders

The OCA Greater Cleveland Dragon Dance Team promotes Chinese culture and physical fitness while raising funds for the organization. The OCA Dragon premiered at the 2014 Cleveland Asian Festival to celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage month in May. The team consist of OCA members and has performed at various locations throughout northern Ohio including Lunar New Year celebrations at Asia Plaza, Asian Town Center, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Greater Northern Mall, Strongsville Mall, Cleveland MetroParks, Quicken Arena, and the Cleveland Asian Festival.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups

To promote active living among the Asian Pacific American community and AsiaTown, OCAGC provides free Tai Chi to the elderly at Asian Evergreen Apartments and supports the Bai Wei Herbal store in Asian Town Center with weekly Tai Chi sessions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

As one of the founding organizations, OCA supports the art and culture programming at the Cleveland Asian Festival.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers
Families
Immigrants

OCA Asiatown Voice is a weekly radio program that provides an inside look into the Asian Pacific American community, culture, and events happening in Northeast Ohio on WJCU 88.7 FM with interviews, calendar items, and Asian music.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants
Academics
Activists

OCAGC hosted both a free Level 1 Person-in-Charge Food Safety Certification and a Level 2 Manager ServSafe 16-hour training at cost for Asian Food Operators with Chinese interpretation (most requested need) to help businesses fulfill a State requirement. Test are available in English, Chinese, Korean, etc.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Pacific Islanders
Adults
Immigrants

APA Y-Advocate is a half-day interactive training for Asian Pacific American high school youth to cultivate the next generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders. Attendees will engage in activities that will help them develop leadership skills, discuss the importance of advocacy, and investigate concepts surrounding AAPI identity.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Adolescents
Pacific Islanders
Students
Immigrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Asian descent

Related Program

Food Safety Training & Certification

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Providing Level 1 Food Safety Certification & Level 2 ServSafe Food Manager Training to Asian Business Owners.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

* to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment;
* to promote civic participation, education, and leadership;
* to advance coalitions and community building;
* to foster cultural heritage.

To fulfill its mission, OCA has established the following goals:
* to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment;
* to promote civic participation, education, and leadership;
* to advance coalitions and community building;
* to foster cultural heritage.

OCA Greater Cleveland - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a member-driven, organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.

The OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter serves the continually growing Asian Pacific American community of Northeast Ohio and works to promote cultural heritage, active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice, and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Organization of Chinese-Americans, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Lisa Wong

Wayne Wong

NASA

Johnny Wu

Media Design Imaging

David Huang

NASA

Rohit Shastry

NASA

Vera Boggs

Ohio Civil Rights Commission

Steven Jung

Ford Motor Company

Lisa Wong

Jason Chao

Case Western Reserve University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability