The Cathay Bank Foundation announced Tuesday it will make $100,000 grants to five nonprofit organizations in an attempt to promote diverse communities and combat anti-Asian hate crimes and xenophobia.
The foundation will also make $50,000 grants to six organizations and $15,000 grants to four organizations.
The organizations receiving $100,000 grants are Stop AAPI Hate, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Asian American Education Project and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.
These grants are part of the distribution of the $1 million donation from Cathay Bank to the foundation earlier this year.
Stop AAPI Hate, formed in 2020, runs the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center that tracks incidents of hate and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council is a coalition of community-based organizations advocating for the rights and needs of Asian and Pacific Islander American communities in the greater Los Angeles area, with a focus on low income, immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged sectors of the population.
Chinese for Affirmative Action advocates for systemic change protecting immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The Asian American Education Project creates lesson plans about histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles seeks to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans.
Organizations receiving $50,000 grants are the Chinese American Museum, LAAUNCH, Southern California Public Radio, LA vs Hate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-San Francisco-Asian Law Caucus and the UCLA Labor Center.
The Asian Law Alliance, Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment, Chinatown Service Center and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights each received a $15,000 grant.
“The strategy behind our donation is to invest in diversity education and plant seeds of change in perceptions and attitudes towards Asians for future generations,” said Deborah Ching, co-chair of the Cathay Bank Foundation.
“We support our community who is working tirelessly to address hate violence against Asians and others, by providing important community resources.”