In 2021, the New Breath Foundation (NBF) launched a $10 million fund to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to build power, promote racial solidarity, and cultivate healing between AAPI communities, Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.
The We Got Us Fund will address racialized violence against the AAPI community by advancing cross-racial solidarity, long-term sustainable power, and effective alternatives to criminalization.
NBF created the We Got Us Fund to achieve the following key outcomes:
- Increased capacity to build power for Asian American and Black, Indigenous, and people of color racial justice movements.
- Increased opportunities for cross-racial solidarity and healing.
- Increased development of the leadership pipelines for survivors of crime, violence, and those formerly incarcerated.
In addition to funding, the New Breath Foundation will provide key leadership with the creation of a community advisory committee composed primarily of AAPI formerly incarcerated leaders and survivors of violence, who will help devise a national grantmaking approach to resource grassroots organizations building power, fighting criminalization, and building cross-racial solidarity.
“Significant and lasting change will only come from investing in organizations and leaders closest to the challenges we seek to address. The We Got Us Fund is an example of how to build and share power with AAPI communities in an authentic and deep way that can address barriers and create new avenues to opportunity. We are grateful to be part of the bold, transformative, trust-led work of this fund.”~ Sandy Herz, President of Sobrato Philanthropies