Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) announces new Women Leadership in Philanthropy Fund

The 15th annual Asian Pacific Community Fund Gala was held at Terasaki Budokan on Thursday, June 17, 2021. | Photo by Joshua Sudock

The inaugural donation to the new fund takes place during the 15th Annual “Giving for All Seasons” Fundraising Gala hosted by APCF

On Thursday, June 17, Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) celebrates the 15th Annual “Giving for All Seasons” Fundraising Gala with the announcement of the Women Leadership in Philanthropy Fund.

In a study conducted by APCF, over 60% of Asian & Pacific Islander (API) nonprofits in Southern California indicated an increase in demand for services due to COVID-19, while only 1 in 5 smaller API nonprofits received funding or resources from government institutions or private foundations. The new fund aims to change this narrative by inspiring more API women leaders to actively support the local API community.

Fifteen percent of Asian American women gave to social-care organizations, which is 5% more compared to non-Hispanic White women, yet we are underrepresented in roles that have decision-making power regarding the funds we support,” says Julia Gouw, APCF Philanthropy Leadership Awardee and inaugural donor to the Women Leadership in Philanthropy Fund. “The Women Leadership in Philanthropy Fund invites Asian American women leaders to donate and direct program investments within our API nonprofit sector.”

Women who are interested in joining the fund can pledge $10,000 annually to support nonprofits that serve the API community.

In addition to the new fund, APCF recognizes philanthropic leaders who continue to selflessly serve the API community. The honorees are South Coast Plaza with Brian Chuan, Senior Director of International and Domestic Markets, accepting the Corporate Philanthropy Award; Julia Gouw accepting the Philanthropy Leadership Award; Korean American Scholarship Foundation with President Robyn Brinkerhoff accepting the Community Hero Award.

“APCF is so proud to partner with such impactful leaders and organizations toward our vision of a thriving API community fostered by a culture of philanthropy,” says Chun-Yen Chen, Executive Director of APCF. “For over 30 years, we have worked to strengthen the API philanthropic voice and create stronger, healthier communities.”

Spanning more than three decades of service in the founding and evolution of APCF, the Visionary Leadership Award is presented to the following past APCF board chairpersons:

• Marissa Castro-Salvati, Public Affairs Region Manager of Southern California Edison
• Catherine Endo-Chuck, President of McBirney & Chuck, PC
• Bill Watanabe, Retired, Founding Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center
• Robert Yap, CEO of Gen Mobile, Inc.
• Michael Chee, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the City of Montebello
• Tony Yu, Managing Attorney of DSG Wealth & Trust Law

The 15th Annual “Giving for All Seasons” Fundraising Gala sponsors include Diamond Sponsor, Cathay Bank; Platinum Sponsors, Ark Clinical Research, Edison International, and Julia & Ken Gouw; Gold Sponsors, Evolution Design Lab, Arthur & Iona Kuan, Monarch Private Capital, Transglobal, and Walmart; Silver Sponsors, Royal Business Bank and South Coast Plaza.

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