Monday, November 19, 2007
AsianWeek » Playing Catch-up: Philanthropy and the API Community: "One of the more damaging assumptions that stems from the “model minority” myth is that Asian Americans don’t need anyone’s help — they’re too busy quietly succeeding. Perhaps this is contributing to the stagnant rate of philanthropic giving to the AAPI community. According to a recent report by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, only 0.4 percent of foundation dollars have gone to AAPI communities, although AAPIs now make up 4.5 percent of the country’s population. Giving to AAPIs has increased by just 0.2 percent during the past two decades. Funding towards the AAPI community is not keeping up with the growing population, according to Dr. Albert Yee, program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “A lot of not-for-profit organizations work on very lean budgets,” Yee said. “It’s much more difficult for them to carry out their mission, which is to help people.”"