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Donations For Asian American Groups Surge After Killings

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FILE - In this Monday, March 22, 2021 file photo, Demonstrators holds signs during a press conference calling to a halt on violence against Asian Americans in Los Angeles. Donations and contribution pledges to Asian American and Pacific Islander groups have spiked since the March 16 shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Asian American and Pacific Islanders groups have seen a spike in donations and contribution pledges since the shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent. The philanthropy research organization Candid says about $24 million has been pledged for these groups or causes in the aftermath of the shooting. By comparison, only $595,000 was committed this year prior to the attacks, and about $54 million was earmarked for all of 2020. A spike in giving and pledges is expected following a national event, but it remains to be seen whether it continues. One group says the surge in donations has already started to drop off.

 

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