The 13% and Growing Coalition, consisting of over 45 Asian led and serving organizations, released a policy brief entitled FY 2012 Analysis of Discretionary Giving to Asian Pacific Americans in May 2012. The policy brief finds that New York City Council discretionary funding to the Asian Pacific American community has increased but still falls short of meeting the needs of the City's fastest growing community. In FY 2012: 43 Asian-led organizations received $987,825 in City Council Discretionary Funding, which is a 27% increase from the previous year. This amount represents 2% of all City Council Discretionary Funding. Discretionary Funding is from City Council Members and Borough Delegations. 16 Asian-led organizations received $945,303 in City Council Initiative Funding, which is a 54% increase from the previous year. This amount represents 0.28% of all City Council Initiative Funding. Initiative Funding includes but is not limited to the Immigrant Opportunities Initiative, Adult Literacy, and Domestic Violence Empowerment Initiative. 26 of 51 City Council Members gave Discretionary Funding to Asian-led organizations, meaning that 50% gave $0 to the Asian Pacific American community. City Council Members awarded a low of $3,500 to a high of $150,964. Discretionary Funding remains disproportional to the growth and size of the Asian Pacific American population of each borough. The 13% and Growing Coalition has been working closely with the City Council to increase funding to the Asian Pacific American community, so we want to thank Council Members for their increased support in FY 2012. Public and private funders often use criteria that do not take the unique needs of the diverse Asian Pacific American community into account, and Asian led organizations may not necessarily have the capacity to apply for public and private funding. For FY 2013, we would like to continue working with the City Council to:
- Increase Discretionary and Initiative Funding to the Asian Pacific American community in order for Asian led organizations to continue providing culturally competent and language accessible services to vulnerable populations.
- Provide training and technical assistance to Asian-led organizations on how to apply, receive, and manage public funding.
- Advocate for the restoration of budget initiatives that address the needs of children, women, seniors, immigrants, and low-income populations.
- Reform social service contracting by awarding 10 points in the City's Request for Proposal (RFP) process to organizations that provide culturally competent and language accessible services.