Since the start of 2021, the Asian-American community has suffered a series of violent, racist attacks. An 84-year-old man named Vicha Ratanapakdee was murdered in San Francisco. A 91-year-old man was shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown. A 64-year-old grandmother was assaulted and robbed in San Jose, California. Noel Quintana, 61, was slashed in the face with a box cutter on the subway in New York City. On March 16, six Asian women were killed in shootings at several spas in Atlanta; the next day, a man assaulted a 70-year-old woman (later identified as the grandmother of John Chen) in San Francisco; and the following weekend, several more Asian and Asian American people were attacked, including a 37-year-old mother named Katie Hou, who says a stranger punched her in the face while she was on her way to a protest in New York City. The hate crimes don’t stop there. Over the course of the pandemic, racist and violent attacks on the Asian community have increased by 1,900 percent, according to the Queens Chronicle. (You can read about more in a full report released by the Asian American Bar Association of New York.)
While there are numerous things you can do to support Asian communities around the country, one effective way to take action is by donating money. Similar to our list of organizations and funds that directly support Black communities, here, we’ve compiled a guide for those interested in supporting Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. We vetted each organization through our own research and consulted different activists’ and organizations’ lists (like this one from arts and culture writer Eda Yu; this one from the Chinese Progressive Association; this one from Samoan organizer Terisa Siagatonu and this one from artist Sasponella). And while this guide is thorough, it is by no means complete, so we’ll be updating it continuously.
We’ve organized this list based on what each organization does, from assisting businesses impacted by COVID-19 to providing legal aid and education, so if you’d like to jump to a specific type of organization, simply click on the category. Many of the organizations mentioned on this list are national, though several service specific communities, which we’ve noted below.
Victim memorial funds | Community-restoration organizations | Community-enrichment organizations | Policy reform and social-justice organizations | Legal defense organizations | LGBTQ and gender-based organizations
Victim memorial funds
Donations will go toward supporting the families of victims of anti-Asian racism and violence, including Yong Yue, Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, Suncha Kim, Hyun Jung Kim, and Ngoc Pham.
Donations will go toward rebuilding and supporting businesses and other parts of Asian communities that have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic or economic recession.
Donations will go toward arts, technical, or other programs for Asian people.