By C.C Yin
As the founder of the Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), I strongly invested in the future of this organization, and I am very grateful for the wonderful friends and supporters who have embraced this growing vision for a national nonprofit over the past two decades. Like many immigrants, I came from humble beginnings, first arriving on U.S. soil from Taiwan and China to further my education in graduate school. I believe in the American Dream – that anything is possible with hard work and determination.
With that dream in mind, APAPA was formed in 2021 as a community organization to advance the API community through increased leadership and civic engagement. We wanted to develop the next generation of API leaders and ensure our collective voices were heard. Many friends, family members, and leaders have stepped up as strong supporters and donors to contribute to this nonprofit organization.
From the corporate to nonprofit world, we all have a responsibility. As a business owner, my responsibility is to ensure my team holds the high standards set by McDonald’s – good food, a clean restaurant, and fast customer service with a smile. In the nonprofit sphere, APAPA has a fiduciary responsibility to our corporate sponsors, donors, and supporters to ensure that every dollar donated to APAPA is spent wisely.
Although we were not legally required to conduct a financial audit, we believe it is important for transparency and to ensure proper governance. APAPA’s National Governing Board and leadership team requested a self-imposed and independent audit from Nelson & Associates, a locally-based CPA firm with more than three decades of experience. Our team is extremely pleased to share that Nelson & Associates recently presented APAPA a clean audit report for the past two years of 2019 and 2020. APAPA is also meeting its target of spending 85% of its funding from sponsors and donors toward its programs, including the national internship and leadership development programs which direclty benefit our communities.
As a national nonprofit, we appreciate a small, but mighty staff at our headquarters office which serves the heart and soul of this organization – our supporters and chapter leaders. They are all passionate, civic-minded, and share the same vision. For the past two decades, APAPA has grown as a grassroots and volunteer-driven organization with over 35 chapters in California and across the U.S. We will continue to expand as there is still much work to do. We hope you will continue the journey with us.
C.C. and Regina Yin are co-founders of APAPA, and their daughter Mary Yin Liu is National President of APAPA. Henry Chang is the National Executive Director. APAPA celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary this year at the Yin Ranch. To reach APAPA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org