Topics in Asian American Philanthropy and Voluntarism

Jan 01, 2000 | by
  • Description

This document was part of the Multicultural Philanthropy Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A series of fourteen guides examine the ways in which various gender, ethnic, cultural, religious and racial groups use their gifts of time, money, and talent. They reflect the ways giving and voluntarism are embedded in American life and challenge the notion that philanthropy is the exclusive province of elites. The guides include discussion topics, research questions, and literature overviews with annotated bibliographies. They were developed both to integrate the study of philanthropy into the curricula at colleges and universities, and to provide a tool to nonprofit professionals in the area of development and fundraising. Each volume provides background information on a selected community that will help practitioners work effectively with these groups. The guide offers a broad overview of the scope and variety of Asian American philanthropy and voluntarism, including information on the history and practices of Asian Americans in creating community voluntary structures. It places particular emphasis on both the informal, but pervasive practices of giving time, energy talent and resources within the Asian American community as well as the conditions necessary to have Asian Americans engage in mainstream giving. Designed primarily for professionals working with Asian American nonprofit organizations, the guide may also prove useful to those who wish to increase the participation of Asian Americans in their organizations or civic activities. The guide is designed to inculcate an appreciation of the persistence of community building within the Asian American community and that as a result of this appreciation more practitioners and community leaders will embrace Asian Americans in broader community and civic engagements.