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According to LEAP, Asian and Pacific Islanders Remain Absent from Foundation Boards

December 14, 2011 Comments off
Source:  Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.
In 2010, 36 Asian and Pacific Islanders held 37 board seats at 24 foundations in the top 100 grantmaking U.S. foundations. APIs constitute 5.6% of the U.S. population and its buying power is projected to climb to $696.5 billion by 2014.
  • There are 36 APIs that hold 37 board seats at 24 of the top 100 foundations.
  • There is no API heading a foundation in the role of executive director, president and/or CEO.
  • The 37 board seats represent 4.95% of the total 748 board seats in the top 100 foundations.
  • The ethnic breakdown of these API board of directors is as follows: Chinese (13), Japanese (8), Asian Indian (6), Korean (3), Filipino (2), Vietnamese (2), Singaporean (1) and Thai (1).
  • Twelve (33.33%) out of the 36 API directors are women.
  • One API director sits on more than one foundation board: Irene Hirano Inouye.
  • There are two API directors serving as chairman of the board: Tessie Guillermo (The California Endowment) and Irene Hirano Inouye (The Ford Foundation).
  • Seven of the top 100 foundations have 2 or more API directors on their board: The Ford Foundation (3), The California Endowment (3), The Rockefeller Foundation (4), The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (4), The James Irvine Foundation (2), The San Francisco Foundation (2) and The Commonwealth Fund (2).
  • The Rockefeller Foundation has 25% API representation on its board of trustees, the highest percentage of any foundation in the top 100.
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