The Asian American Impact Fund is a giving circle that is part of the Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) national network.
Our mission is to improve the lives of under-resourced Asian American/Pacific Islanders in the tri-state area. We do this by providing financial and strategic advisory support to small and emerging organizations that are experimenting with innovative approaches to solving some of our community’s greatest challenges. We believe in taking risks on untested projects that have a direct impact today and the potential to achieve sustainable impact over time.
Criteria for Grantees
Note: We do not fund arts-focused projects; however, we encourage Asian American women artists to review opportunities with the Asian Women Giving Circle.
Grant recipients are required to fill out a brief report-back form and host a site visit for AAIF members during or after the implementation of their project.
Members commit to donating a minimum of $365/ year to the Fund and participate in the grantmaking process.
NOTE: For 2020 only, we are accepting membership at a minimum of $100 this year due to the impact of COVID and the numerous other causes that deserve funding.
We welcome both new members and donors (people who want to contribute but are not able to participate). There is no minimum to donate, and donors will receive updates on how their contribution was used.
All contributions are tax deductible.
We're part of the AAPIP national network of giving circles.
We operate as a donor advised fund at North Star Fund. Contributions to our fund are tax deductible.
Click the button below to go to the donation page on our host organization's website (North Star Fund), and remember to choose "Asian American Impact Fund" in the Designation dropdown.
"I was so inspired and touched by the AAIF site visit to Sapna NYC [2013 AAIF grantee]. One of the great things about being part of this giving circle is seeing the impact that our giving has on these emerging, grassroots organizations that do transformative work with under-invested communities. It gives me an opportunity to learn from experts who are doing work on the ground, and to feel more connected to the different communities in New York City.
Sapna NYC is a small but mighty. You can tell how much care, love, and commitment the Board and staff pour into their work. The Board members are active and care about empowering South Asian immigrant women and their families, many of whom do not speak English and are very isolated as new immigrants. We had an opportunity to meet with their members in the Community Health Workers program who participate in and who are leaders in their programs.
I was personally so inspired by these 3 women and to hear their stories of how they become involved with Sapna, their resilience, and how they continue to encourage other women in their communities to take care and empower themselves. Many of these women have spent their entire lives caring for others, so for me, it was an act of courage to seek opportunities to just focus on themselves as individuals, and not just as extensions of their husbands or families.
It made me feel really good to hear that our contribution and support matter. Our dollars helped to support the continued and growing need of crucial services (especially mental health services) for South Asian immigrant women. I am so glad that I found AAIF."
-Amy, AAIF member as of 2014
AAIF is proud to have supported the following organizations:
September Anti-Racism Grant
September Regular Grant
May COVID-19 Rapid Response Grantees
GRANTEE PARTNER EVENTS
AAIF GRANTMAKING SCHEDULE (for 2020)