About Gold Futures Challenge
Asian American Futures and Gold House are proud to host the Gold Futures Challenge, an online model for philanthropy that annually awards ten prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations that work to 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.
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.
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.
In addition to monetary prizes to support the winning programs, our winners will also receive the following non-monetary awards and opportunities:
- All TEN FINALISTS will receive a 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 non-profit social education network to empower 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 who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills.
- The TOP FIVE FINALISTS will receive a 1-year membership to Resilia.