AAPI Racial Justice Grant Round

The Trustees of the Foley Hoag Foundation have awarded grants totaling $275,000 to 24 organizations this summer as part of the Foundation’s special Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) racial justice grant round. Each of the organizations listed below is addressing the challenge of discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with passionate AAPI leadership, innovative education campaigns, focused community outreach and organizing, and unrelenting advocacy for marginalized individuals.

This special grant round was made possible through a generous gift from Foley Hoag in support of the AAPI community aimed at addressing the increased racism, xenophobia and bigotry directed towards the AAPI community. Many firm colleagues further supported that gift by taking the time to highlight local AAPI organizations and leaders for the Foundation’s consideration.

The special 2020 AAPI racial justice grantees are as follows:


  • Asian American Resource Workshop - a political home for young Asian Americans that will strengthen its political education and leadership development programs and engage more high school and college students, particularly queer and trans individuals.
  • Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence, Inc. - to formalize its anti-bias and anti-racism curriculum used in its mentorship training program, which connects recent AAPI college graduates with AAPI womxn working in professional fields of interest.
  • Asian Women for Health, Inc. - to work with youth groups to create and implement anti-bullying and anti-racism resources and social media campaigns.
  • Boston Asian Youth Essential Service - to implement a 12 month youth leadership project focusing on AAPI racial justice that will raise awareness for AAPI racial justice work and mobilize community youth leaders.
  • Chinese Culture Connection - to create a multi-lingual “Stop Asian Hate” poster campaign with bystander intervention messaging, as well as projects in conjunction with Malden senior housing to offer support and information to Asian senior residents.
  • Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition - in partial support of a full-time coordinator for its community-building activities, which include a multi-lingual personal safety and resource request phone line, a ping pong program for AAPI elders, and after school youth programs focusing on AAPI mental health and youth organizing and advocacy.
  • NOVA Boston - to expand its work raising awareness for and providing access to mental health resources in the Vietnamese community in Greater Boston, most critically through its Achieving Whole Health curriculum.

New York City

  • API Rainbow Parents - a special initiative within PFLAG NYC that hopes to expand its Parent Leadership Program, a program designed to train AAPI parents with LGBTQ children to become leading voices within their communities.
  • Chinatown Youth Initiatives - an organization that strives to build a legacy of high school and college-age leaders by strengthening their awareness of self-identity and community issues so that they may feel empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of Chinatowns, Asian Americans, and other underrepresented communities.
  • Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health - for a three-part discussion led by three AAPI social activists that identifies how white supremacist institutions and policies reproduce systemic racism and racial tensions between communities of color, and will also include oral histories collected from AAPI activists who have engaged in cross-racial social justice.
  • Chinese Staff and Workers Association - a workers’ center bringing together workers across trades to fight for change in the workplace by organizing immigrant workers to address the exploitation and racism they face, with a current focus on the elimination of the 24 hour caregiver work day.
  • Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - to support both its self-defense training program and Yuri Kochiyama School, which offers intergenerational, multi-lingual political education and leadership development training.
  • Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Inc. - to support Filipino victims and survivors of labor and human trafficking and their families and undocumented migrant workers who have been discriminated against and excluded from the federal pandemic relief program.
  • GAPIMNY - for its Policing Abolition and Community Safety Outreach Campaign, which will provide hate crimes education, host reading groups, and collaborate with the Reclaim Pride Coalition to uplift histories related to intersectional organizing and the voices of queer/trans AAPI experiences.
  • Jahajee Sisters - an Indo-Caribbean survivor-led organization that provides a healing and political home for Indo-Caribbeans who have survived or are at risk for experiencing gender-based violence, including immigrant and first-generation survivors, child witnesses, and working class people vulnerable to abuse at home and on the job.
  • Mekong, Inc. - a social justice organization that brings dignity and value to the lives of Southeast Asians in the Bronx and throughout New York City through community organizing and movement-building, centering healing through arts and culture, and creating a strong safety net rooted in community power.
  • Project New Yorker Corporation - an organization that supports Bangladeshi undocumented immigrants and helps them navigate workplace abuses – including wage theft, forced overtime, hazardous conditions, verbal abuse, and sexual assault – through Know Your Rights workshops, needs assessment surveys, and translating key materials to eliminate language barriers.
  • Sapna NYC, Inc. - for its Healing & Recovery for Asian New Yorkers initiative, which focuses on immediate relief and case management for community members in need of clinical and non-clinical mental health services to address the mental toll caused by the pandemic and hate crimes.
  • Think!Chinatown - to build its civics team, which will develop sustainable mechanisms to keep community members continuously abreast of complex neighborhood issues and ensure voices from within the community are heard and taken into account at the City level so that Chinatown can remain a thriving space for Asian Americans to run business and observe cultural and religious practices.

Washington, D.C.

  • AASuccess - which guides young students towards a future in community leadership by empowering them to learn crucial interpersonal and communication skills, seek opportunities for self-development and professional training, and spread ethical and humanitarian values in our communities.
  • ASHA for Women - to provide the support that empowers South Asian women to become self-reliant and live in an abuse free future, including offering culturally specific services and cultural training materials to mainstream organizations.
  • Asian-Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project - to develop an intake process for hate crimes and further enhance its work responding to gender-based violence, including sexual violence and intimate partner violence, in the AAPI community.
  • KhushDC - a social, support, and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for LGBTQ and other gender or sexual minority South Asians.
  • Vietnamese American Services - in support of its Senior Club, which provides a place for senior members of the Vietnamese community to feel at ease, safely socialize, obtain professional mental health services, and learn how to report hate crimes and intervene as bystanders.