Giving to the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)

Support Asian Pacific American programming at the Smithsonian. Your gift will have an immediate and significant impact on the programs that further our mission of sharing the stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Although the Center is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution, the vast majority of our funding comes from gifts from private individuals, private foundations, and corporate support. Your generous contribution helps tell the story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the world through exhibits, public programs, research, community outreach and online educational activities.

All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for your generous support.

APAC does not share its mailing list with other organizations.

Donation Form

If you would like to designate your gift towards a specific project or initiative, please include it in the comments box below. (ex. "where help is needed most", "Beyond Bollywood exhibition", "Day of Remembrance event", etc.)

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Make A Gift by Mail

Simply print out this form and mail it – with check or credit card information.

Why Sponsor the APAC?

The APAC celebrates our achievements as Americans and provides new perspectives on our cultural heritage. Your gift will enrich the spirit of cultural exchange, knowledge, and learning at the world's largest museum and research complex.

Corporate Sponsorships

Corporations are looking for innovative ways to attract consumers and build brand loyalty. Sponsoring APAC public programming provides strong returns in marketing, PR, brand awareness, and government relations. It also brings national exposure and direct access to consumers for multiple years. The APAC is good for marketing and community engagement, aligning your brand with a proven partner that brings America to the world and show your commitment to cultural democracy, heritage, history, and preservation. In turn, the APAC provides Corporate Sponsors an array of benefits-in an exciting cultural and educational environment.

Foundation Giving

Over the years, the APAC has been fortunate to receive grants from numerous philanthropic foundations.Generous support from private foundations has made it possible for APAC to expand its educational and public programming: workshops for children, seminars, lectures, film series, and music programs.

Matching Gifts Program

Did you know that your company's matching gift program could make your charitable donations go even further? Many companies have programs through which they match the charitable contributions made by their employees.

Through a charitable gift matching program, your employer can multiply your gift APAC — sometimes even doubling or tripling your initial donation! It's a simple way for your gifts to make an even bigger difference.

Three steps to make your charitable gift go further

1. Find out if your company matches employee contributions
2. If the answer is "yes", print or request your company's matching gift form or submit via your workplace intranet.
3. Include the form with your next gift to APAC. Send your completed matching gift form to Sameen Piracha, Development Specialist, at the address above.

If your company does not currently match employee donations, consider asking them to do so.

Here are some examples of companies that offer Matching Gifts Programs:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • American Express
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Microsoft
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Yahoo!

Leave a Legacy

Charitable contributions to the APAC have benefits that last a lifetime. A bequest or life-income gift will support cultural heritage, preservation, celebration, and education for generations to come.

Your legacy can be made in a variety of ways: through a bequest in your will, a charitable gift annuity that returns income for life to you, or a charitable trust. Often, these gifts have dramatic tax and financial rewards for donors.

As a unit of the Smithsonian Institution, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Gifts of all denominations are welcomed and may include cash, securities, and other gifts. Unrestricted contributions may be made in any amount, and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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