April 15, 2020

Given all that is happening to our communities right now, from the spike in hate crimes to the economic struggles of many in our community, the need to boost philanthropy to support the work of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) nonprofits is more urgent than ever.

While the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been devastating for our AAPI communities, it has also created an opportunity for us to come together during this time of crisis. It is in this spirit that our organizations are partnering with major AAPI-specific community foundations in the country, as well as with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, to launch a nationwide Give In May campaign, accessible via

Give in May is modeled after Giving Tuesday, to raise funds for organizations during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In addition to our organizations, strategic partners include Asian Pacific Community Fund, Korean American Community Foundation New York, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

How It Works

During the month of May, Asian Pacific Fund and AAPI Data will host the Give In May campaign that will raise funds for participating nonprofits using Mightycause, an online giving platform. Individuals will be able to donate to the nonprofit of their choice via each nonprofit’s personalized web page. 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to your organization, minus credit card processing fees (2.9%). In addition, $20K in #GiveInMay Awards will be given to nonprofits who raise the most funds or attract the most unique donors.

Joining Our Efforts

For organizations that meet our criteria to participate, we are pleased to invite you to be part of our inaugural Give In May campaign (via and have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to participate. All you need to do is sign up and register by clicking here – it should take no more than 10 minutes. The Give In May team will then build your organization’s webpage for you – please register ASAP to ensure your page can be created before the launch on May 1. For more details and criteria, please refer to this FAQ and email any questions you have to

Thank you, and we hope you will be able to be part of this inaugural fundraising effort!

Audrey Yamamoto
Executive Director, Asian Pacific Fund

Karthick Ramakrishnan
Director, AAPI Data

The Asian Pacific Fund is a San Francisco-based community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Bay Area. The Fund mobilizes philanthropic giving from donors, supports organizations that serve the most vulnerable and raises awareness about pressing community needs. For more information about the Fund, please visit:

AAPI Data is a nationally recognized publisher of demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, with hundreds of news mentions in national and local outlets. Its reputation is built on data and research that is accurate, compelling, and timely. In addition to our news impact, community organizations, government agencies, and decisionmakers regularly reach out to us, to better understand key aspects of AAPI communities. More information at