MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2014) — Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant for it’s new effort to build unity and cohesion to advance agendas that are important to Asian Minnesotans through the formation of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL).
“Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the state, but we continue to hear from community leaders that there is a need to build unity and develop cohesion so that we help ensure Minnesota is working well for everyone. While there is much being done to address racial disparities and help Minnesota achieve equity, many Asian Americans don’t feel their voices are included,” says Bo Thao-Urabe, Senior Director at AAPIP.
MayKao Hang, President and CEO of the Wilder Foundation and Co-Chair of CAAL says, “There is a lot of potential to bring existing leadership together so that we can become a stronger and more vibrant community; it’s time to get organized and use our influence to work towards a better Minnesota for all of us.”
The Bush Foundation’s investment in building the capacity of individuals through fellowships began in 1965. Since then, more than 2,200 Bush Fellows and Native Nation Rebuilders have reshaped every aspect of the region from government to education to art to social services to business. Creating the Leadership Network Grant Program in 2014 was a natural extension of the Foundation’s fellowship work. These grants will ensure leaders have a more options to discover and develop the skills and support they need to become more effective leaders.
“Creating the Leadership Network Grant Program was a natural extension of our fellowship work,” said Jen Ford Reedy, the Foundation’s president. “We want leaders to be better equipped and better networked to lead change. By partnering with other organizations who do this, we ensure leaders have a more options to discover and develop the skills and support they need to become more effective leaders.”
“Asian Minnesotans represents a lot of diversity, so we appreciate the support so that CAAL can nurture and build a strong network of Asian American leaders who are ready and willing to work together for the benefit of the whole community,” says Yvonne Cheung Ho, immediate past president of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association and Co-Chair of CAAL.
The Bush Foundation will award nearly $1.7 million to 12 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Leadership Network Grant program. The full list of Leadership Network Grant recipients can be found at BushFoundation.org/2014LNGGrants.
CAAL will host the first Asian American Leaders Forum on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 8AM – 1PM at Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. To register for the event, please go to http://goo.gl/8Iv1Of.