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The Asian Community Fund

Building Support for Our Diverse and Growing Asian American Community

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The Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation is a permanent endowment that will make grants to nonprofit organizations serving immigrant, low-income and economically disadvantaged Asian Americans. In the process, we will raise the visibility of the assets and the needs of this growing and diverse demographic group.

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THE HISTORY: Asian Americans have lived, worked, and raised families in Greater Boston for more than a century and a half, and this community now represents the fastest growing—and arguably the least understood—group in our region. Many of us in the Asian American community have worked hard to build successful lives, often in the face of daunting obstacles, and are economically and educationally advanced. Others, less visible, face myriad challenges and, in some cases, severe social and economic distress.

THE GOAL:  The Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation was established to increase the visibility of the Asian American community and expand resources for nonprofits that serve disadvantaged Asian Americans.

 A Permanent Endowment

We seek to raise a permanent endowment at the Boston Foundation to serve the Asian American Community long into the future.

We are seeking gifts and pledges toward a goal of $2 million by 2022.

The Boston Foundation launched the fund with an initial $250,000 commitment.

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Income-eduation Diversity chart
This chart from the Boston Indicators report "Changing Faces of Greater Boston highlights the education and income diversity of Boston's Asian Americans.
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Meeting the Challenge of a Highly Diverse Community

“Asian American” suggests a degree of homogeneity that obscures the complexity of our community. Made up of many ethnic groups, Greater Boston’s Asian Americans include large populations of Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Nepalese and Pakistani Americans, all speaking different languages. This diversity extends to educational attainment and income levels.

Through research and stakeholder engagement, we have identified numerous areas of need in the Asian American community that will be addressed by the Fund over time:

  • Immigration assistance and social services
  • Language translation and ESOL classes
  • Affordable and safe housing
  • Education—from early education through K-12 to college completion
  • Economic development—from job training to small business support
  • Elder services
  • Health and mental health care
  • Violence prevention
A selfie of an Asian family. An elderly woman in the center is taking the selfie. Behind her from left to right are a young girl, a woman, a man and another young girl. They are outside; green grass and trees are behind them. They're smiling and wearing black or navy blue shirts.
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Greater Boston's Asian Communities

On October 29, 2020, the Asian Community Fund and the Boston Foundation hosted the Fund's first event, to learn how the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community is enduring amidst the challenges of racism and COVID-19. The event, featuring a panel of community leaders, highlighted the diversity of the Asian/Pacific Islander community, and the work and impact of the new Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation. 

Click here to watch the video of the webinar

For more information:

To learn more about how you can participate in building the Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation, please contact Stephen Chan at 9IxkhtMDoW0JCBThwTntXa8DwqXORJQPbzr7CmQLKGvdyXCTNaWR2Uen9qxmsnYp4bnH4JI9PENY0+WKO9werjcndqjPQoaXWDwHopzSIOAiLib6I2luJXVssvjA/QlXppgeauI5BbBtby3Stw/PTrwwOle+JJLqwvu4mfAuW+GekWYw8GRGiAB2GR71NQnXg4Kr5GontZU9+YlzRCbavg== or 617-338-1712.