The National AAPI Power Fund (Power Fund) was established in 2020 to support the emerging Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)* voting bloc. We harness the energy, enthusiasm, and potential of this electorate for progressive impact.
*AAPIs include people from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands.
WHO WE ARE
The National AAPI Power Fund (Power Fund) was established in 2020 to support the emerging Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voting bloc. We harness the energy, enthusiasm, and potential of this electorate for progressive impact.
WHAT WE DO
1. Resource local, progressive AAPI groups
2. Provide technical assistance and training to our grantees
3. Commission culturally competent research on the AAPI electorate
In the 2020 U.S. presidential and Senatorial elections, the Asian American Advocacy Fund (AAAF) led the effort to call 92% of the estimated 238,000 eligible AAPI voters in Georgia. By Election Day itself, 50% of the state’s registered AAPI voters had already voted — a 141% increase over the early vote in 2016. AAAF, with the support of the National AAPI Power Fund, strengthened and expanded Georgia’s electorate and also produced a dramatic increase in turnout that ultimately brought Democrats control of the US Senate.
WHO WE SUPPORT
The Power Fund has made over $2 million in grants since its formation.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with the National AAPI Power Fund. Over the last few years, the Power Fund has been a crucial partner in our mission to educate, activate, and mobilize a progressive base of Asian Americans in Georgia. Additionally, in the lead up to the 2022 Midterm Elections, their support has helped us scale our programs, grow our staff, and hone our political strategy, and we look forward to our continued work together.“
Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood, Executive Director at the Asian American Advocacy Fund
“From day one, the Power Fund was ready to jump in with us. Our vision, our dreams, our ideas — nothing felt within reach until we had that first conversation with the Power Fund. As a young organization, it’s hard to know what questions to ask, what grants to apply to, what networks we need to build. The Power Fund took their time with us, coached us, mentored us. The time and patience was invaluable to our growth — for us as a team, but also for me, as a first-time Executive Director.”