ST PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 22, 2013) — The Asian Pacific Endowment, an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, made nine grants totaling $29,000 to nonprofits serving Asians and Pacific Islanders.
The grants are designed to help preserve Asian culture and address an array of issues from adapting textbooks on the Tibetan language to promoting leadership by Asian American women.
An advisory board of volunteers reviews grant requests and makes the funding decisions.
“I know how crucial every dollar is to the nonprofit organizations that are seeking funding,” said Shashi Gupta, Asian Pacific Endowment Advisory Committee board chair. “We are committed to reflecting the outstanding work these essential and diverse organizations provide.”
A permanent community endowment built by and for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Asian Pacific Endowment fund supports groups that use culture to address social change and capture the community’s historic experience.
The Endowment is operated by a committee of volunteers, comprised of multi-generation Asian Americans and new immigrants alike. Since 1996, the Endowment has awarded more than 200 grants to grassroots groups.
The diverse pool of recipients includes cultural organizations representing Indonesia, Laos, India, Japan, Nepal, Korea, Vietnam and many other nations. Learn more at mnpartners.org/network/asian_pacific_endowment.
List of Grants
• Association of Nepalis in Minnesota — $5,000 To preserve and showcase Nepali culture and provide programming for Nepali American youth and aspiring leaders.
• Bhutanese Community Organization of Minnesota — $5,000 For programming that will engage Bhutanese youth in cultural activities such as arts and crafts, folk songs and dance. The Bhutanese community is one of the newest groups of refugees to be resettled in Minnesota.
• India Association of Minnesota, Inc. — $1,000 For the development of an online resource directory that provides information to South Asian visitors and short-term visa holders.
• National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum — $2,000 For the Women’s Leadership Forum, which will promote Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s leadership in the community and workplace.
• Pangea World Theater — $2,000 For the Sufi Project, a performance that explores the Sufi faith tradition and demonstrates possibilities within the intersections of faith, art, culture and community.
• School of Indian Languages and Cultures — $1,000 To support United Through Dance, a nonprofit event planned by youth that will showcase different cultural styles of dance to raise funds for a school in India.
• SEWA-AIF — $5,000 For educating social service providers and law enforcement about South Asian culture so that providers can respond to South Asian clients in a culturally appropriate way.
• Shades of Yellow — $3,000 For an arts project engaging the Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer community in discussion about identity.
• Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota — $5,000 To preserve Tibetan culture by adapting textbooks on the Tibetan language for use in the United States.