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Date: November 22, 2004
Contact information:
Sophia Kim, Coordinator

Boston-based Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth Chosen for
Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy

(Boston, MA) Boston-based Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth has been selected as a Massachusetts 2004 Catalogue for Philanthropy charity. This year’s edition of the Catalogue will profile 69 of Massachusetts' outstanding environmental, cultural, and human service agencies as "examples of excellence" in Massachusetts philanthropy. Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth was chosen from a total applicant pool of over 150 organizations.

CAPAY is run by and for youth—philanthropists helping themselves as well as others. In 1992 a Chinese-American student was bullied in school and adult authorities failed to step in; the students decided to organize, and in 1993 held a symposium attended by 700 high school students from over 50 schools—the largest gathering of APA youth ever in the US. CAPAY resulted, incorporated the following May (1994) to help APA teens to become effective democratic citizens. CAPAY offers workshops in APA history, an annual Leadership Symposium, and many programs connecting them with their communities. And they’re good at it—in 1999 CAPAY was one of 12 organizations cited by the Ford Foundation for innovative and exemplary programs in youth development and civic activism. This is important work—APAs comprise 9% of the student population in Boston, 21% in Malden and 26% in Quincy; from 1990 to 2000 they had the fastest growth-rate (68%) of any racial group in Massachusetts; and though often considered the “Model Minority”, in fact they are polarized— exceeding rates at both high and low ends of the scale for income and education, compared with other minorities. You can help them help themselves help us—that’s how “commonwealth” works.

The Catalogue, which was the first of its kind anywhere, was created by a group of leading foundations here in 1997 to help close the gap between Massachusetts’ ranks in income and in charitable giving—then the largest such disparity in the nation. To do this, in addition to the annual Catalogue itself, the project developed the nationally-known "Generosity Index"™, a website (, "Giving Massachusetts Day" proclaimed since 2001 as the day after Thanksgiving by Governors Swift and Romney, and many other "donor-friendly" tools. Since 1997, charitable giving here has doubled, from $2 billion to $4 billion, and though the Catalogue makes no claim for this growth, the Catalogue Project is widely recognized as a national leader in donor education. There are now similar Catalogues in Polk County, NC, Whatcom County, WA, Washington, DC, and St. Louis, MO, and others are being planned in several other philanthropic markets.

According to George McCully, President of the Catalogue, "The Catalogue is designed as a showcase for Massachusetts philanthropy, and a one-stop-shop for a family's charitable giving. A single check, electronic transaction over the web or stock transfer can be allocated to as many charities as the donor pleases, and because the Catalogue is sponsored and paid-for by its philanthropic sponsors, 100% of every donation goes to the designated charities."

The Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth was chosen in rigorous competition by professional grantmakers. "Charities are selected for general excellence, cost-effectiveness, and teaching value about philanthropy," McCully said.

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