Voting begins: 2022 Gold Futures Challenge to give $500,000 to top groups empowering AAPI communities
- The second annual Gold Futures Challenge by philanthropic nonprofits Asian American Futures (AAF) and Gold House is set to award a total of $500,000 to top organizations promoting and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
- Competition organizers are giving away prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to the top 10 AAPI groups that help people in the communities get “seen, heard, empowered, and united.”
- On Aug. 17, the Gold Futures Challenge selection committee announced this year’s 10 finalists as: Hawaii-based youth shelter services operator RYSE, Indo-Caribbean women support group Jahajee Sisters, Pan-AAPI publication The Yappie, South Asian LGBTQ+ support group Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies, Southeast Asian community development org The SEAD Project, civic engagement group Asian Texans for Justice, business support initiative Hawaiʻi FoundHer, education advocacy group Asian American Voices for Education, community development group Cut Fruit Collective and refugee community support group Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.
- "Beyond supporting these incredible nonprofits, we seek to further spark civic engagement,” Asian American Futures Executive Director Reshma Shamasunder told NextShark. “By participating in this challenge and voting - our community and our allies are making their voices heard on issues they care about."
- To determine the winners’ final prize amounts, which includes the $100,000 grand prize, a public vote is being hosted at goldfutureschallenge.org from Aug. 23 to Sept. 27.
Philanthropic nonprofits Asian American Futures (AAF) and Gold House are awarding a total of $500,000 to top organizations promoting and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities for the second year.
Through the 2022 Gold Futures Challenge initiative, competition organizers are distributing prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to the top 10 AAPI groups that help people in the communities get “seen, heard, empowered, and united.”
- Nonprofit collective Gold House honored several luminaries of Asian descent from the entertainment and business industries during its first-ever Gold Gala held at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night.
- The inaugural event, called “The New Gold Age,” celebrated the stars on its A100 list, which features “100 Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year.”
- Actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan presented Mindy Kaling with the A100 Legend award for the latter’s “lifelong dedication to creating and embodying affirming API characters and content.”
- Michelle Yeoh, an A100 Legend, became the first-ever recipient of the SeeHer award for “defying gender stereotypes throughout her career.”
- Actors Gemma Chan and Kelly Marie Tran, musician H.E.R., K-pop girl group Blackpink, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang, Block CFO Amrita Ahuja, Instagram’s Eva Chen and Bain & Company’s Manny Maceda were inducted into Gold House’s Hall of Fame.
Michelle Yeoh, Mindy Kaling and other luminaries of Asian descent from the entertainment and business industries walked the red carpet in Downtown Los Angeles as nonprofit collective Gold House honored its annual list of A100 inductees at its first-ever Gold Gala.
The inaugural event, called “The New Gold Age,” was hosted on Saturday night at Vibiana in collaboration with Meta. Several attendees were featured on Gold House’s A100 list, which celebrates “100 Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who had the most impact on culture and society over the past year.”
Netflix, Tribeca Studios, Gold House reveal three API directors for first-ever Future Gold Film Fellowship
- Netflix, Tribeca Studios and Gold House launched the first class of Future Gold Film Fellowship, featuring directors Lloyd Lee Choi, Erin Lau and Derek Nguyen.
- The directors will get full funding, creative feedback and mentorship from executives at Tribeca Studios and Netflix and production expertise from the studio.
- They also will gain access to the Gold House network and a seat in Gold House Futures.
- They will also get a chance to showcase their short films at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.
Netflix, Tribeca Studios and Gold House have teamed up to launch the first class of the Future Gold Film Fellowship, featuring directors Lloyd Lee Choi, Erin Lau and Derek Nguyen.
The Gold Film Fellowship was designed with Asian and Pacific Islander (API) directors in mind, and will give the three directors the opportunity to create scripted short films that delve deep into family love, persistence and loss.
It is a known historical problem that over the years, countless Asian and Pacific Islander (API) creatives, entrepreneurs and social impact leaders have lacked the support, resources, infrastructure and investments that are vital to visibility and success. To address this ongoing issue, Gold House, the premier nonprofit collective of API leaders, has launched Gold House Futures to elevate the next generation of changemakers.
“Instead of waiting for seats at others’ existing tables, we’re here to build our own: ones that are uniquely us,” said Mikkoh Chen, head of Futures. “With the backing of industry luminaries and the world’s largest platforms, Gold House Futures is equipping the next generation of creative and company leaders with career-making, life-changing resources to achieve authentic representation and commercial success.”
Netflix is partnering with Gold House to amplify cultural stories that engage the API community and celebrate diversity in storytelling.
The partnership: Gold House is a nonprofit collective of influential API founders, creative voices and leaders dedicated to authentic representation and equality in society.