Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Asian Pacific Community Fund of Southern California

Invest in People

aka Asian Pacific Community Fund   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.apcf.org

Mission

The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) transforms lives and meets the diverse needs of Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. As the only community based fund in Southern California focused on the API community, APCF’s mission is to cultivate philanthropists to invest in organizations that empower APIs to prosper by 1) building healthier communities, 2) developing API leaders, 3) creating a stronger unified API voice, and 4) providing the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Chun-Yen Chen

Main address

1145 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 105

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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EIN

95-4257997

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Community Foundations (T31)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Increase Asian American philanthropy to invest in organizations that empower underserved Asian and Pacific Islanders to prosper.

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?

Workplace Giving Program

The Asian Pacific Community Fund’s Workplace Giving Program conducts campaigns to offer employees the convenience of making charitable contributions through payroll deductions. APCF staff and volunteers speak to thousands of people each year at their place of work to provide them with pertinent information on the needs of the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities as well as the wide range of services and programs provided by APCF network agencies. Through these campaigns, employees who want to support agencies serving disadvantaged API communities, may select the Asian Pacific Community Fund as the recipient of their payroll deductions or one time gifts. Our donors can be assured that their donations will go directly to fund agencies serving the diverse needs of API clients. We are committed to expanding and strengthening our workplace giving programs. One of our goals is to open new workplace giving campaigns in locally-based businesses, particularly those owned by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. By expanding our access into these businesses, we hope to not only to increase donations, but also to introduce and educate more people - particularly APIs - about the practice of philanthropy and its role in a civil society. We hope you will participate in your existing workplace giving program by donating to APCF. We also welcome your assistance with introducing and implementing workplace giving programs to new/additional businesses. As the *only* Asian Pacific American community-based fund in Southern California, the work of APCF is more important now than ever. Below is a list of workplace giving programs contributing to APCF: City of Los Angeles City of Pasadena City of Santa Monica County of Los Angeles Los Angeles Community College District Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Unified School District Metropolitan Transit Authority (LA County) Southern California Edison Southern California Gas Company State of California APCF Network Agencies

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

The Asian Pacific Community Fund offers major donors the option of setting up a Donor-Advised Fund through which to make charitable contributions directly to our member agencies or other reputable 501(c)(3) not for profit organizations. The Donor-Advised Fund is held by the Asian Pacific Community Fund where the donor, or a committee appointed by the donor, may recommend eligible charitable recipients for grants from the fund. Furthermore, based on donor preferences, APCF may run a full grant process to solicit agencies for programs in need of funding and that meet the donor giving priority(s). The advantage of creating a Donor-Advised Fund through the Asian Pacific Community Fund is that our staff can help to educate and guide the funding decisions of donors who may be unfamiliar with the broad and diverse range of nonprofit organizations in the Asian Pacific Islander community. APCF has a long history as a leader in Los Angeles' Asian Pacific Islander community, providing assurance that funds will be channeled to programs that best address the donor's priority giving areas. In addition, donors may make a donation today to benefit from the tax deduction but distribute the funds at a later time. This may be an advantageous option for donors who may not know at this time how they want their funds distributed and/or because donors may want to accumulate additional funds for a larger distribution at a given time.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

The Asian Pacific Community Fund offers a group of donors to set up a Giving Circle, which is a donor advised-fund involving numerous donors/members. Giving Circle members organize around issues impacting the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California and engage in strategic decision-making to determine which charitable organizations to support. Donors can join the Giving Circle and combine their resources with colleagues, friends, and/or other donors who share a common interest in supporting Asian Pacific Islander communities. Together, the Giving Circle donors gain an in-depth understanding of the Asian Pacific Islander community and can focus on ways to make an impact, make joint social investment decisions, and leverage monetary contributions with volunteerism and expertise to the nonprofits supported. APCF administers the Giving Circle, which includes member agreements, member donations, the grant process, facilitating meetings, etc, so that Giving Circle members can be free of the administrative tasks involved and focus on making grant awards that best address the members’ giving priorities. In 2008, APCF launched its first Giving Circle, which combined the contributions of over 30 board members and friends in order to offer a $5,000 grant award in the area of Asian Pacific Islander political leadership. They were able to make a substantial grant award to help fund the Japanese American Citizens League – PSW’s Mobilize for Policy Program. Individually, each of their donations would not have been able to significantly impact any given program and/or agency.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Since 2011, APCF has partnered with donors such as local companies and family foundations to offer scholarship programs to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education. Setting up a scholarship fund is another creative option for your Donor-Advised Fund. APCF staff work closely with donors to determine criteria for the scholarship programs, including desired preferences such as geographical area, level of community involvement, experiences with leadership, choice of schools, academic record, and/or financial need. To date, APCF has awarded over $1 million in scholarship funds to over 300 low-income students nationwide as they pursue their dreams of higher education.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

APCF believes that Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities are best served by strong API nonprofits that speak their language and offer culturally relevant programs. In recent years, APCF has evolved beyond our traditional grant making to provide capacity building support to numerous API nonprofits in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. Many of these organizations are under resourced, underfunded, and often understaffed, facing unstable funding and lacking financial reserves and other resources related to capacity that can affect long-term viability. Program components include Capacity Building Workshops for nonprofit staff and volunteers, Board Leadership Program, Meet the Funders events, and API Community Van Tour for Funders.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Activists

As the only community-based fund in Southern California focused on the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) community, APCF is committed to sustaining and growing the local API nonprofit sector. Competitive grants from APCF transform the lives of countless residents throughout Los Angeles County and beyond; in the process, they help strengthen the entire nonprofit sector in the region. This makes APCF more than a typical funder – we partner with nonprofit organizations to maximize their impact by offering long-term funding opportunities, core operating support, and resources that go beyond traditional grant making. All grant applicants must serve low-income or underserved API communities locally and meet the strategic criteria of the area to which they apply.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

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 list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These subscribers receive our monthly e-newsletter as well as other e-blasts.

Number of donor-advised funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the sector

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Building healthier communities<br/>Developing API leaders<br/>Creating a stronger API voice<br/>Providing the foundation for a brighter tomorrow

To raise funds for community organizations serving API communities, APCF initiated employee giving campaigns at various workplaces, including private companies, federal agencies, state agencies, county agencies, city agencies, and non-profit agencies.

In the past decade, APCF has diversified its fundraising efforts by developing other avenues for giving. With the growth of donor advised funds, giving circles, grant-making, and scholarship funds, APCF has been able to cultivate philanthropy among APIs while providing multiple vehicles for donors to support the community.

By measuring how many individuals and communities are impacted by the agencies we fund.

Every year, our funding provides the following: <br/>Afterschool Programs - Over 10,000 children and youth<br/>Low-income Housing - 4,000 people<br/>Parent Education & Training - 4,500 parents<br/>Adult Education & Training - Over 25,000 people<br/>Employment Services - 5,000 adults<br/>Healthcare Services - Over 10,000 adults and 2,600 children<br/>Counseling & Case Management - 5,000 adults<br/>Legal Services - 4,000 people

Financials

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Operations

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

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Asian Pacific Community Fund of Southern California

Board of directors
as of 9/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Michael Lee

Lee & Associates

Term: 2018 - 2021


Board co-chair

Kelly Knott

Wells Fargo

Term: 2017 - 2020

Jason Yu

Snell & Wilmer

Kelly Knott

Wells Fargo Bank

Jessica Lim

Southern California Edison

Michael Lee

Lee & Associates

Benjamin Tran

Plan C Agency

Jenner Tseng

Hill Farrer & Burrill LLP

Wendy On

Fineman West & Company

Annie Chen

William Wong

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Amy Kaizuka

OneJustice

Ying Huei Chou

The Chou Team at KellerWilliams Executive

Victor Cheng

Kaiser Permanente

Tony Chou

ALTC Realty

Marco Cordova

Monarch Private Capital

Eljay Feuerman

IW Group

Charles Hung, Jr.

Entrepreneur

Kay Ko

White House Initiative on Asian Pacific Islanders

Vincent Liu

Royal Business Bank

Lawrence Park

JPMorgan

Elaine Quach

Pacific Summit Energy LLC

Azim Vishani

City National Bank

Annie Xu

Longevity Global Financial

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • 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 09/04/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/04/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

Asian, Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander, federated campaigns, workplace giving campaign, workplace giving programs, giving circle, donor-advised fund, fundraising, community building, fund distribution, capacity building, scholarship