Where to donate to support Asian American communities

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Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, hate crimes against the Asian American community have increased by 150 percent across the U.S., according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Data released by Stop AAPI Hate shows that 68 percent of hate incident reports made over the last year were by Asian women.

Within the first three months of 2021, the Asian American community has still been subjected to numerous racially motivated attacks and aggressions across the U.S. On the night of March 16, 2021, six Asian women were killed in a series of shootings at several spas in Atlanta, shaking the community to its core.

These unprovoked attacks are not an overnight issue, but the spike in anti-Asian hate can be blamed partly on recent rhetoric that has been ongoing since the beginning of the pandemic.

In The Know has compiled a list of organizations that are accepting donations to support Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities. From legal aid to mental health assistance to community-specific needs, here are places you can support right now.

Anti-Hate Groups and Campaigns

Asian American Journalists Association works to bring together Asian journalists and professionals to diversify newsrooms and ensure equal and fair media coverage. You can find the donation page here and the resources page here.

#TheyCantBurnUsAll is a movement dedicated to encouraging all Asian people and allies to fight back against racism and hate crimes. Donate to the cause here.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance is the only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Island workers. The group addresses workplace issues and advocates for members’ civil and human rights. You can donate here and find protest and organizing resources here.

Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization that aims to secure and safeguard the civil and human rights of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans — particularly those affected by injustice and bigotry. Please donate here.

South Asian Americans Leading Together strategizes and advocates against racial injustice by fighting for structural change and transforming institutions. Donate to SAALT here.

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project is a network of services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. You can help out by donating here.

Stop AAPI Hate offers an easy way for people to report incidents through its website — available in 11 different languages — and shares safety tips for both victims and bystanders. Here are some resources and here’s where you can donate.

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women fights for Asian American women to be impactful leaders in spaces where they are typically excluded or silenced. Donate here.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to challenging homophobia, racism and anti-immigrant bias. The donation page can be found here.

Womankind was the first helpline and lifeline established for Asian domestic violence survivors on the East Coast. Here is Womankind’s donation page.

The Visibility Project is a national portrait and video collection dedicated to the queer Asian American women and transgender community. The Visibility Project aims to break barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling. You can donate to the project here and read individuals’ stories here.

Trikone is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for LGBTQIA+ people of South Asian descent. Donate to Trikone here and check out their resources here.

Mental Health Resources

Asian Mental Health Collective works to make mental health resources “easily available and approachable” to Asian communities worldwide. Donate here and check out the therapist directory here.

Asian Health Services focuses on improving the health of immigrant, refugee and low-income Asian families. Donate online here.

The Cosmos was founded by two women to provide a safe space for other Asian and BIPOC women. The group’s mission is to educate and empower Asian women across the country. You can learn about the community values here.

Legal Aid

Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus represents the civil and legal rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities. Make a donation here.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund protests and protects the legal rights of Asian Americans. Donate to help out here.

Asian Prisoner Support Committee provides direct support to Asian and Pacific Islander prisoners and raises awareness about the growing rate of Asian and Pacific Islanders being imprisoned, detained and deported. Donate here and get involved by filling out this volunteer form.

Small Business Help

Apex for Youth works to help underserved Asian and immigrant youth from low-income families in New York City. In The Know covered the organization’s work here and you can donate to Apex here.

Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative focused on helping New York City’s Chinatown area and businesses — help out by donating here. In The Know also shared a more comprehensive guide on how to support Chinatown small businesses, which you can see here.

Send Chinatown Love is an online platform dedicated to financially supporting small, Asian-owned businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. You can help these merchants by donating here.

Save Our Chinatowns is an organization dedicated to supporting Chinatown communities throughout northern California. No matter where you live, you can donate here.

Heart of Diner is serving 1,500+ Asian elders throughout New York City by delivering weekly hot lunches, fresh produce and bulk ingredients — all while supporting local small businesses. You can donate to Heart of Diner here and sign up to volunteer here.

Cranes for Change aims to support New York City’s Chinatown and the national Chinatown community by selling handmade origami earrings. 100 percent of the proceeds go to organizations dedicated to helping the cause. You can also donate to any one of Cranes for Change’s charities and get a pair of earrings in return.

If you or someone you know needs support after experiencing race-related bias, discrimination or violence, contact Asian Americans Advancing Justice at (202) 296-2300 or contact the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at 212-549-2500. You can also connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor at no charge by texting the word “HOME” to 741741. Find a local therapist prioritizing racial justice and liberation through the Inclusive Therapists directory.

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