Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) can be proud of the distinct mark they have made in the nonprofit sector both in the Northwest and throughout the country.

The New York Times noted early this year that APAs’ influence with dollars and leadership in philanthropy has risen alongside the fast-growing APA population. We can also count on local and national advocates at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) to read between the lines, and remind us that, though our representation and visibility continue to rise in the nonprofit sector, our work is still not getting the resources it deserves.

Though APAs reflect about 5 percent of the U.S. population, less than 1 percent of foundation funds go toward APA communities, say AAPIP advocates.
But our work should not be overlooked.

That’s why it’s important to celebrate the achievements and inroads our local philanthropists, community advocates and social service organizations have made — and made possible — through harnessing their nonprofit status. For many local nonprofits, the year 2013 is a special year. Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) celebrates their 40th year on Sept. 28, while International Community Health Services commemorated their 40-year-anniversary last spring. Helping Link turns 20 this month. And this spring, International Examiner will join ACRS and ICHS in turning 40.

And there’s more in this issue: the foibles and promising gains in the nonprofit world, social entrepreneurs inspired to give across the globe and new work addressing emerging needs. Enjoy!

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