National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)

NaFFAA programs and initiatives are implemented nationally, regionally and locally. With over 2,000 individual members and organizations working to advocate and implement these efforts, NaFFAA estimates that 3,000 FilAms across the nation, at the least, directly benefit from our work on a yearly basis. Our membership represents top Filipino community leaders

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)

NaFFAA programs and initiatives are implemented nationally, regionally and locally. With over 2,000 individual members and organizations working to advocate and implement these efforts, NaFFAA estimates that 3,000 FilAms across the nation, at the least, directly benefit from our work on a yearly basis. Our membership represents top Filipino community leaders across the country and continues to develop the future generation of leaders. While the national leadership team sets broad initiatives and creates resources and structure, our region/state leaders implement tailored programs to match their own set of skills, expertise and membership. NaFFAA’s infrastructure empowers its regions to prioritize in areas that they have cultivated strong leadership in. Region and State leaders work to implement programs for their own communities based on a variety of factors. Therefore, beneficiaries from our work span past our immediate membership, especially in federal advocacy efforts (Filipino veterans benefits, dual citizenship changes, etc.), humanitarian relief work (including those who are donating that are not affiliated with an organization, as well as recipients of these efforts), and Get out the Vote initiatives. NaFFAA believes thousands more Filipinos and Filipino Americans are indirectly affected. The Board of Governors for the organization, as well as the Executive Board, is a true microcosm of our national membership. We are regionally dispersed, represent very different age groups, come from a variety of industry sectors and education levels. NaFFAA has cultivated a pipeline of leadership, with a mix of new and tenured leaders.

About the Organization:

NaFFAA programs and initiatives are implemented nationally, regionally and locally. With over 2,000 individual members and organizations working to advocate and implement these efforts, NaFFAA estimates that 3,000 FilAms across the nation, at the least, directly benefit from our work on a yearly basis. Our membership represents top Filipino community leaders across the country and continues to develop the future generation of leaders. While the national leadership team sets broad initiatives and creates resources and structure, our region/state leaders implement tailored programs to match their own set of skills, expertise and membership. NaFFAA’s infrastructure empowers its regions to prioritize in areas that they have cultivated strong leadership in. Region and State leaders work to implement programs for their own communities based on a variety of factors. Therefore, beneficiaries from our work span past our immediate membership, especially in federal advocacy efforts (Filipino veterans benefits, dual citizenship changes, etc.), humanitarian relief work (including those who are donating that are not affiliated with an organization, as well as recipients of these efforts), and Get out the Vote initiatives. NaFFAA believes thousands more Filipinos and Filipino Americans are indirectly affected. The Board of Governors for the organization, as well as the Executive Board, is a true microcosm of our national membership. We are regionally dispersed, represent very different age groups, come from a variety of industry sectors and education levels. NaFFAA has cultivated a pipeline of leadership, with a mix of new and tenured leaders.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

21-25 YEARS

The Issue:

According to the U.S. Census, of the four million Filipinos living in the U.S., accounting for the third largest AAPI ethnicity domestically, there are thousands of Filipino organizations that seek to represent our vast differences. To that end, working collectively as one Filipino community on advocacy efforts and initiatives is a major hurdle for organizations to overcome. One particular issue NaFFAA has identified through our advocacy efforts is a lack of cohesiveness in humanitarian relief efforts for the Philippines. Many donations are made to individual natural disasters or specified only to the home regions of the donors. Additionally, those who have donations typically do not know of a legitimate source to go to, nor have a trusted organization to work through. Another area of concern is the lack of pooled resources for those embarking on career transitions, resources for those embarking on non-traditional career paths, or mental health concerns caused by work. Communities has been disproportionately displaced by technological advancements through digitization, e-commerce, and automation have exposed job displacement in subsections of America like never before. A recent study found that negative job developments during the COVID-19 pandemic were linked to higher psychological distress; and Asians were most severely impacted and suffered significantly more mental health distress with pay cuts, unlike other demographics. We are conscious of the changing demographics in which the Filipino-American community is disproportionately ill-equipped when it comes to financial literacy, upskilling and reskilling, and addressing mental/physical wellness issues that all relate to economic mobility. NaFFAA understands that financial wellness and economic mobility is important and relevant in developing future community leaders. A continued area we seek to resolve is continuing to encourage members of our community to be civically engaged. In the 2016 presidential elections, only 50% of eligible Filipino voters participated in the elections. Then in 2020, Filipinos saw only modest increases and had the lowest turnout rate among Asian Americans, despite ranking the highest in voter enthusiasm of AAPIs. The lack of representation of Filipinos in elected office and at the voting booth continues to be a large issue in the community.

The Solution:

NaFFAA leverages its grassroots reach to address challenges in the Filipino community by creating relevant initiatives and programs within its three pillars: national advocacy, leadership development and civic engagement. With leaders in every state and territory, NaFFAA’s big differentiator is its infrastructure. Not only are our members individuals, but also local and national organizations. Creating cohesiveness in humanitarian relief efforts was an immediate need that the NaFFAA reach can address. Through our new “FilAm Alerts” program, NaFFAA will display trusted and verified relief partner organizations where donors can immediately access on one online platform. Through this work, the FilAm Alerts Program overcomes the most difficult challenges that our Fil-Ams experience when organizing relief efforts to the Philippines, by providing custom tools for coordination. We took into consideration geographic challenges in communication and relief distribution, accountability for charitable contributions and transparency, the lack of primary source information to FilAms from the Philippines, and other logistical challenges in humanitarian relief and response particularly considering the culture of community leadership in the USA and generational perspectives. As a result, the FilAmAlerts Program was constructed to provide a framework for the Fil-Am community to coordinate efficiently and answer the challenges in assistance. The Program has created specific “Tools for Coordination” which promote communication, organization through a single point of contact system, standardized communication and relief organization procedures, a Humanitarian Council composed of FilAms across different organizations, and a virtual toolkit that pools all these resources together. Through our “Entrepreneurial and Economic Empowerment” program, NaFFAA envisions creating a local network of community partners and organizations to provide resources to business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and creatives, and underrepresented workforce. We will create a national committee focused on sharing best practices and tools to help our leaders cultivate an empowered community of professionals. NaFFAA will continue our FilAmVote initiative, focus on bringing training community leaders across the country on GOTV efforts to the mainstream, and continue to encourage our targeted outreach to recruit potential future candidates to join our Run For Office series.

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