Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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Our Work

AAF is a leadership organization that works to change the systems that are holding our communities back from achieving success


Thousands of New Yorkers are turning their lives around.

As you look at the impact of your support, it may seem like just numbers. But hidden behind the numbers, there is an individual, a child, an elder, or an entire family whose life has been changed for the better – thanks to you.

  • $4 million in city and state funding secured for our Hope Against Hate Campaign to regrant to 30+ Asian-serving organizations to work with us to keep New Yorkers safe
  • $400,000 distributed to Asian agencies providing mental health services so that 4,500 low-income Asian New Yorkers received over 32,000 culturally competent mental health services
  • 2,000 small businesses received direct assistance from our Small Business team
  • 2,885 low-income seniors received emergency food aid and emotional support through our regranting of $233,000 to 6 Asian senior-serving agencies
  • 2,000 community members trained in safety techniques to combat anti-Asian hate, 3,600 people connected to victim services, and 7,000 community members, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders in NY reached through community education events on anti-Asian hate
  • 5 influential research reports produced on Asian unemployment, poverty, small businesses, consumer spending, and changes to City Council districts that are shaping the conversation on Asian issues
  • The AAF – led AAPI Power Coalition, made up of 10 pan-Asian groups, made 2 million contacts with voters, driving an 11 percentage-point increase in Asian voter turnout in the latest NYC Primary election. 


Since our inception, AAF has produced comprehensive research reports to highlight the needs of Asian American communities, advocate for policy changes to improve access to essential services, and use data to tell the story of our community. Some of our most noteworthy publications have focused on Asian American employment, poverty, the senior population, mental health services for Asian New Yorkers, the contributions and challenges of Asian small businesses, and an analysis of city government funding for Asian communities.

Mental Health

All Asian Americans deserve access to culturally competent mental health care. AAF is committed to increasing the awareness of and reducing stigma around mental health issues in Asian American families. Our goal is to make sure every Asian American in New York city who needs mental health care is able to receive it in a language they speak, from providers who understand Asian cultures.

Immigrant Integration

All Asian American immigrants deserve a chance to achieve their dreams in America. With 70 percent of 1.4 million Asian New Yorkers being foreign born, AAF is committed to providing Asian immigrants with opportunities to learn skills that allow them to thrive and integrate easily into American life.

Economic Empowerment

All Asian Americans deserve an equal shot at economic opportunity and AAF is working to help our communities sustain, promote and grow their businesses. Our goal is to ensure that Chinese, Korean, Indian, Bengali and other pan-Asian small business owners continue their legacy of vital contributions to New York City’s economy.

Nonprofit Support

Nonprofits serving the Asian community deserve every opportunity to achieve their full potential.
AAF is strengthening the capacity of over 70 member agencies and partner organizations to serve the 1.4 million Asian Americans in the City more effectively.

Civic Engagement

All Asian Americans deserve to have a seat at decision-making tables and their voices heard. While Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the City at 16 percent, only less than half of eligible voters turn out to vote.

Special Initiatives

As a leadership organization, we often take on the responsibility of responding to urgent needs that emerge from the community, even when they fall outside the scope of our regular work. For instance, we launched our signature Hope Against Hate Campaign to help protect our communities from hate-based violence during the pandemic.

We formed the first Seniors Working Group to better understand the daily lives of Asian seniors who are dealing with anti-Asian violence, poverty, hunger, and loneliness during one of our community’s most difficult times. We used our findings to develop the first-ever Senior Working Group Agenda to advocate for resources to help our community’s most vulnerable members.

Census Information Center

In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau designated AAF a Census Information Center, the only one serving the Asian community in the Northeast. We have 30 years of expertise in crafting culturally informed messages to convince hard-to-reach communities to get counted. We led the Census process for the Asian community in New York for the last 3 censuses, in 2000, 2010, and 2020, and empowered more Asians to participate and get counted. In 2020, despite COVID-related disruptions, and thanks to the 50 Asian groups we worked with to create messages in multiple languages, the Asian community’s Census participation rate was 62.4% — higher than that of New York City overall.


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