SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The Asian Pacific Endowment, an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, made 16 grants totaling $80,100 to nonprofits serving Asians and Pacific Islanders. The grants are designed to help preserve Asian culture and address an array of needs from domestic violence to materials for teaching Asian languages to youth.
An advisory committee of volunteers reviews grant requests and makes the funding decisions. “These grants support a number of cultural projects that impact communities,” said Advisory Committee member Linda Hashimoto van Dooijeweert. “They also enable grassroots organizations to give back to the Asian community.”
• Asian Economic Development Association
$5,000 — For ArtWave, which provides Asian artists a retail platform and supports economic development in Saint Paul’s Little Mekong business district.
• Association of Nepalis in Minnesota
$6,000 — To preserve and showcase Nepali culture and provide programming for Nepali American youth and aspiring leaders.
• Chinese American Association of Minnesota
$3,000 — For Chinese Dance Theater – 2015 Annual Production, which will intermix traditional and updated Chinese dance styles.
• Community Improvement & Development
$6,000 — To conduct a needs assessment of Burmese youth, which can be used in planning appropriate community programming.
• Galore: Professional Hmong Women Association
$5,400 — For Hmong Women Conversations on Professional Development.
• Hmong American Education Fund
$5,000 — To produce a video series for Hmong students and parents interested in college on topics such as financial aid, academic survival and career services.
The Minnesota Philanthropy Partners network includes The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and more than 1,700 additional charitable affiliates. Together, the MN Partners network shares expertise and services to make charitable giving thrive and benefit all Minnesotans. Learn more at mnpartners.org.
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