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The Asian Community Fund

Building Support for Our Diverse and Growing Asian American Community


The Asian Community Fund at the Boston Foundation is a permanent endowment that is designed to build the visibility and capacity of our diverse AAPI communities to meet our evolving needs, especially for our low-income and immigrant communities.

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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.

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

To date, the Fund has raised over $2 million in gifts and pledges.

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Older Japanese woman ACF
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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.

This is a critical moment in the Asian American community nationally and locally.  ACF with the Advisory committee is beginning to explore the challenges and opportunities exposed by COVID, the rise in Anti-Asian violence, and the limited public understanding of and resources devoted to the diverse needs of AAPI communities.

 Asian Community Fund Advisory Committee

The Asian Community Fund is overseen by an eleven-member Advisory Committee of leaders from the Asian Community. To learn more about these members, click here to download the member biographies. 
Paul W. Lee
Of Counsel, Goodwin Proctor LLC
Director, The Boston Foundation
Helen Chin Schlichte
Co-Founder, President Emeritus,
South Cove Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility
Kimberly Blakemore
Program Officer
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Renee Inomata
Casner & Edwards, LLP
Stephen Chan
Vice President of Strategy and Operations
The Boston Foundation
Dr. Peter Nien-chu Kiang
Professor and Director of the Asian American Studies Program
College of Education & Human Development, UMass Boston
Shu (Nick) Chau
Founder and President
Tai Tung Realty, Inc.
Sarah G. Kim
Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel
Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer & Receiver General
Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D.
Bunker Hill Community College
Elaine Ng
Executive Director
TSNE MissionWorks
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 /OEA0tE/TpHDzTv4l/v8N0cUlW7WPCvJXZFZ/ovaXJH1iqrpO1NLi/lv2th7OATn54yd97fi209R6hIFWz4XbGqvhsTiuEua8ujK8sUgQcLifIQW3G43xoPD+cuPSOrQnoupzR0Kzu5u3UiV4XGwDAbDKiPuqYpAgYemPCuFoXfPra8zK5lxJo+ucIu2M27Fxz0egrpCBHQDQmlINGv9jw== or 617-338-1712.