At the Asian American Federation, philanthropy is ever-changing and reflects the evolving needs of the community. Our donors come from varied backgrounds and are motivated by diverse experiences. However, they share a common goal with the Federation: to advance the well-being of all Asian Americans.
Please meet some of our donors who have partnered with the Federation to learn more about the issues, while growing their personal philanthropy.
Paul D.C. Huang
The Paul D.C. Huang Fund
“This is how I now define philanthropy: it's the investment in the quality of life of the community. We need more visible giving from our community and we need leadership in giving. I learned that each of us alone has limited resources and impact; we need to work and give together. That is why collaborative philanthropy is so important.”
Paul D.C. Huang has been directly engaged in the Asian American Community for many years through his research, active participation and voluntary contributions of time and skills. Paul joined the Federation's Board in 1994 and has been a strong proponent of the Federation's work ever since. He believes in the Federation's efforts to build an even larger Asian American Community Fund that would connect community resources to community needs. As president of the C.J. Huang Foundation, Paul consistently donates to the Community Fund, having invested in our Asian communities for over 15 years.
In 2006, Paul envisioned further growth of the Funds' scope and reach, and personally gifted $100K to seed the Community Fund endowment. He considers the Fund to be one of the most effective philanthropic vehicles available to address community needs while meeting his own charitable interests.
The Albert Chin Fund
“What attracted me to the Asian American Federation is its premier position as a pan-Asian organization serving all Asian communities. I believe we all have a responsibility to give back and my focus has always been on Asian communities.”
In 2006 Jeff Chin endowed $50K towards the Asian American Community Fund by establishing the Albert Chin Fund in honor of his father. Jeff says his father came from very humble beginnings and worked hard to make a better life for his family. According to Jeff, his father "is the inspiration for all that I have achieved. This fund has been established to help enable others to also rise from humble beginnings."
A board member since 1996 and current Chairperson, Jeff believes that the Federation has a unique role among the Asian American community. He regards the Federation as having a macro-level view that enables it to link groups with resources and develop collaborations for a greater good.
Jeff is a retired partner of Ernst and Young LLP, having a nearly thirty-year career as a Certified Public Accountant. During his tenure, he served on its National Ethnicity Diversity Task Force. Since 2005, he has expanded his commitment to diversity and the advancement of Asian Americans in the accounting and finance professions through the founding of Ascend, formerly known as the National Asian American Society of Accountants-Finance (NAASA), of which he is currently President.