What is Giving Compass?
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Giving Compass' Take:
• This report outlines how and why AAPI groups need to harness strategic communication via storytelling to advance civic engagement and action for AAPI communities.
• The report calls for funders to recognize gaps in support for AAPI groups and issue areas. How can donors be more intentional about funding for AAPI causes?
• Learn about philanthropy's Asian American exclusion problem.
At a time when hate and violence against AAPIs is on the rise, and with the elections and census on the horizon, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund believes building the narrative power of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is essential. Stories of communities mobilizing together against injustice or inhumane policies are urgently needed. Too often the voices and spirit of progressive AAPIs are absent in any such public discourse.
The report also calls for funders to address these challenges by funding AAPI groups–particularly those that are local, bi-multi-lingual/biliterate, and working with harder-to-reach populations– to build an infrastructure for communications to become a strategic function of their overall work. Funders can also support resources to conduct more studies on how AAPIs get their information and how AAPI community groups’ use of communications can contribute to the testing, development, and execution of new strategies and tactics in this dynamic field.
The scan includes a demographic profile on AAPIs; literature review on AAPI media consumption, community-led media, and the capacity of community groups; top lines from survey of AAPI Civic Engagement Fund Cohort; strategies, tactics, and advice from content creators, trainers, and communications practitioners.
Read the full report about AAPI and civic engagement at the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund.
For too long, AAPIs as both individuals and a community have struggled to be seen, heard, and acknowledged. Technology offers the potential for AAPIs to be more connected with one another and to larger society, but if unaddressed, it also has the potential to exacerbate divisions and create a more disconnected America.