Executive Summary

Amidst all that happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first responders for
many AANHPI communities were nonprofits that held close relationships with their
community members. AAPI Data partnered with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in
Philanthropy (AAPIP) to conduct a first-of-its-kind survey of nearly 400 nonprofits serving
AA and NHPI communities, to understand who they are, the challenges and barriers they
experienced, and how they met the moment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We find that most AA- and NHPI-serving nonprofits rose to the challenge of serving more
clients and expanding their geographic reach. The infusion of grant revenues, individual
donations, and government contracts enabled them to meet the emergent needs of their

Philanthropy has a critical role in the future of nonprofits serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, with a number of key recommendations for funders included in this report.

This brief is part of a multi-part series on our survey of nonprofits. In the coming months,
AAPI Data will contextualize these results with an analysis of data from the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) to better understand how the nonprofit landscape has changed
over the last 5 years. We will also produce region-specific reports and conduct follow-up
interviews with a selection of respondents to gain a more detailed understanding of how
nonprofits continue to navigate opportunities and challenges.

Importantly, we will work with partners across various sectors to ensure that the data
we collect and analyze, combined with community narratives and strategies, will inform
meaningful actions for stronger investments and transformative change.