Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Asian American Federation Inc

Raising the influence and wellbeing of the pan-Asian community in NYC

NEW YORK, NY

Mission

Established in 1989, the Asian American Federation's (AAF) mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and organizational development. We are a New York city based nonprofit leadership organization that represents and supports a network of 70 nonprofits which serve low-/moderate-income households through programs in health & human services, education, economic development, civic participation, and social justice.

Ruling Year

1991

Executive Director

Ms. JoAnn Yoo

Main Address

120 WALL STREET 9TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10005 USA

Keywords

Asian American community, immigrant rights, Research, policy advocacy, nonprofit development, small business support

EIN

13-3572287

 Number

7458103715

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Asian Americans are 15% of New York city’s population, and the fastest-growing ethnic group. Yet, they continue to encounter significant obstacles to their wellbeing and success. • 70% are immigrants. • 25 % live in poverty and that number grew by 44% from 2000 to 2016 • Poverty rates are higher for Asian immigrants, as 1 in 4 Asian immigrants arrived in the United States less than 10 years ago. • Of immigrants in poverty, 70% of Asian immigrants have limited English proficiency • The poverty rate for Asian seniors went up from 23.5% in 2000 to 24.8% in 2016. • Asian child poverty rates increased from 2000-2016 by 1.4%. • Mental health issues are particularly acute in the community. In NYC, Asian Americans are the only racial group for which suicide was one of the top 10 causes of death from 1997-2015.

Our programs

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Small Business Revitalization Program

Improving Access to Mental Health for Asian Americans

Developing the Leadership Capacity of Asian nonprofits

Where we workNew!

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AAF aims to overcome the significant obstacles that the Asian-American community faces in New York city by empowering a network of over 70 members nonprofits to better serve their communities. Our leadership role helps give a collective voice to the more than 20 national groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community. We use our research to organize members and advocate with city and state elected officials. corporations and in the media on behalf of the community’s needs. We ensure that there is an Asian American voice in public policy discussions about immigrant rights, healthcare, and economic development. We secure funding to support new program initiatives and work together with our member organizations to strengthen the collective voice of our community.

AAF’s mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and organizational development. ● Research: Our reports provide hard data and highlight issues (mental health, poverty, economic opportunity) affecting the Asian American community and provide policy recommendations to address challenges. ● Advocacy: We convene policy-focused meetings with the aim of explaining our findings and recommendations to elected officials and funding agencies. ● Program Design: We also use our research to design direct services programs that address new or underserved needs. We raise money for these programs and re-grant funds to member organizations who help us implement programs. ● Technical Assistance: We provide ongoing training, capacity building, and mentorship activities to organizations in our network, enabling them to implement best practices in nonprofit management that allow them to thrive.

Established in 1989, the Asian American Federation (AAF) has deep experience in leading the charge on important civil rights, social justice and equity issues impacting our community. AAF’s leadership role helps give a collective voice to the more than 20 national groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian American community. Our experience offers us the expertise, capacity, and capability to advance our projects. As a statewide intermediary and coordinating entity, AAF has established relationships with relevant state and city agencies, training consultants, and thought leaders that allow us to roll out programs and bring them to scale across our 70+ member network. In short, our ability to connect community-based organizations with resources to improve service delivery offers far greater impact than any one of our member organizations could have on its own.

AAF is committed to monitoring and assessing its programs after implementation. We have post-implementation monitoring programs in place where we make regular site visits to our grantees, and gather reports from our members on where and how disbursed funds are being utilized. On our end, we provide detailed assessments and reports to our donors, produce photos and social media reportage around our programming, and regularly have stories in the media about the impact we are making in the Asian American community. This commitment to transparency ensures that our donors know exactly where and how their funds are being used.

• Since 2002, AAF has created over 20 original policy documents/research reports on Asian American issues, such as poverty, mental health, economic impact, and social service needs, which have been instrumental in driving policy changes at the city and state levels. • Since 1989, AAF has raised more than $15 million to re-grant to Asian nonprofits, empowered nearly 70 nonprofits, and transformed the lives of tens of thousands of Asian Americans a year. • We have trained nearly 70 nonprofit member and partner agencies to fundraise, advocate, and use communications tools more effectively; build leadership capacity at the board, executive, and senior leadership levels; and build coalitions to develop resources for the pan-Asian American community. • AAF was awarded nearly $4 million in the past three years to build capacity for critical immigrant services for the Asian American community throughout New York City.

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Financials

Asian American Federation Inc

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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