About Gold Futures Challenge

Asian American Futures and Gold House are proud to host the annual Gold Futures Challenge, an online model for philanthropy that awards ten prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to AAPI-serving organizations that ensure our communities are Seen, Heard, Empowered, and United.

While AAPI people represent 6% of the U.S. population, our community nonprofits receive less than 0.2% of philanthropic dollars. The Gold Futures Challenge aims to address this disparity and unite AAPIs across the country behind common goals, inspiring increased participation among all generations of AAPIs in philanthropy, volunteerism, civic engagement and social innovation.

In addition to awarding grants and mentorship, the GFC builds an online community for showcasing organizations to new and existing donors, and allows a broad, grassroots audience to choose the winners of each challenge. Each completed application will be promoted on our website with buttons for direct donations and ways for people to get involved.

We are looking for bold, innovative, and creative proposals that activate new interest in supporting our evolving AAPI communities. Together, winning organizations will change the course of AAPI futures.

Challenge Prizes

The inaugural Gold Futures Challenge will award ten prizes totalling $500,000.  The prize amounts will be determined by public vote from a pool of ten Finalists chosen by our Selection Committee.

10 Prizes


Grand Prize


2nd and 3rd place


4th, 5th and 6th place


7th, 8th, 9th and 10th place

NHPI Prize sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Awarded to Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike

The mission of Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke  (In Working, One Learns) is to provide Hāna youth with a way to learn that makes sense to them, that builds their self-esteem and shows them they have the power to change their future.

In addition to monetary prizes, our winners will receive non-monetary awards and opportunities.

  • All TEN FINALISTS will receive membership into the Gold House Future Network
  • All TEN FINALISTS will be invited to participate in the Node Institute, a series of professional development workshops hosted by Node, a nonprofit social education network that empowers AAPI community leaders
  • All TEN FINALISTS will receive a 1-year subscription to Catchafire, an organization that strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals with nonprofits who need their skills

The Dinner Guys Giving Circle will offer a mini-grant of $2,000 to an LGBTQ+ led organization that provides services and/or advocacy efforts for AANHPI LGBTQ+ populations experiencing homelessness. The Dinner Guys seeks innovative and impactful projects that address the immediate needs of this population and promote lasting change.

  • An anonymous donor will offer $25,000 in grant funding to an organization outside of the top 10 doing impactful work in Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities

 In addition to providing the Top 5 subscriptions to their platform, Resilia will also sponsor a $1,000 mini-grant that will go to a Gold Futures Challenge Applicant. 

Dinner Guys Giving Circle is sponsoring a mini grant for organizations that focus on AAPI LGBTQ+ Elders. This is an additional opportunity for organizations to receive funding who focus on this target population.

The Beyond 2 Cents Giving Circle is sponsoring a mini-grant of $2000 to fund to any LGBTQ+ AAPI paid staff organization with a focus on leadership development. All Gold Futures Challenge applications that fit this criteria will be eligible.

Diana Hwang

Founder/Executive Director, Asian American Women's Political Initiative (AAWPI)

Diana is the Founder/Executive Director of the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), the country’s only political leadership organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women. In 2020, Diana was the first National Political and Organizing Director for She the People, a national network of women of color working to transform our democracy.
Diana was profiled as “one of Boston’s most powerful thought leaders” in Boston Magazine for her work and has been a featured speaker at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and at several colleges, including Wellesley College, Northeastern University, Dartmouth College and Salem State University where she gave the annual convocation address.
Diana was a former candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate. She carried the city of Boston and outraised her seven opponents in the race. Diana graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School.

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