LOS ANGELES, Calif. – September 14, 2020 – The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) celebrates 30 years of service with the launch of our anniversary video and fundraising campaign www.facebook.com/apcfla. The exclusive virtual event featured founders, sponsors, community partners, and supporters of the organization.
After just two weeks, the campaign video has over 2,000 views and has raised over $200,000, rallying incredible support from the community.
“For 30 years, APCF has served as the gateway and resource for Asian & Pacific Islander (API) philanthropy by connecting generous corporate and individual donors with nonprofits that consistently deliver quality services to the API community,” said Michael Lee, Senior Vice President of Lee & Associates and APCF Board Chair. “This year, we are amazed, humbled, and excited by the support and trust the community has shown in us.”
APCF’s network of 56 nonprofits provide crucial services to over 700,000 people in underrepresented communities throughout Southern California in 34 API languages, plus English and Spanish. APCF helps build the capacity for these community-based organizations so that they are better able to serve the community.
“Asian Pacific Community Fund will be a resource so that the needs in our community will continue to be met for future generations,” shared Bill Watanabe, APCF Founder and former Board Member. One of the ways the community fund supports nonprofits is by connecting funders and API philanthropists with these organizations.
“When mainstream agencies and even government fail in meeting our community’s need, our families are there to protect one another. But when our families are also suffering, API nonprofits become our final safety net,” Chun-Yen Chen, APCF Executive Director explained. “It’s only when we have strong API nonprofits that we can build a stronger and healthier API community.”
As the needs of the API community evolve, the mission of APCF is to cultivate philanthropists to invest in organizations that empower underserved APIs to prosper. “APCF makes such a huge impact in the API community,” remarked Wendy On, Tax Partner at Fineman West and APCF Board Treasurer and Event Fundraising Chair “My family wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for community-based nonprofit services and resources, a tradition continued today by many of APCF’s own network agencies.”
Thanks to the generosity of Shawn Chou, an Attorney at Vida Law Group and APCF Emeritus Board Chair, donations up to $3,000 made to APCF during the 30th anniversary campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar. “APCF could not have done it without all of our supporters. In order to get where we all want to be and need to be, we still need everyone’s continued support,” said Chou.
This year’s video sponsors include Diamond Sponsor Cathay Bank, whose Director of Community Development, Bruce Gumbiner, gave remarks at the virtual event, Platinum Sponsor Edison International, Gold Sponsors Monarch Private Capital and TransGlobal, and Silver Sponsors Fineman West, and Royal Business Bank.
Established in 1990, APCF is a community-based, nonprofit fund that was created to educate and encourage individuals and companies to support API communities in need by donating through workplace giving programs as well as other channels. The organization is the only API community-based fund of its kind in Southern California. Since its founding, APCF has raised and distributed over $8 million in grants to its partner agencies as well as other community organizations. APCF and its 56 Network Agencies serve over 700,000 people annually with programs and services provided in a total of 34 API languages, in addition to English and Spanish. Programs include childcare/youth programs, affordable housing, counseling and case management, healthcare, job development and training, legal services, senior services, violence prevention, and much more.
For additional information, please visit www.apcf.org.