NGEC's Organizational Fellowship Program (2009 - 2011)

As NGEC's capacity building program in two pilot states, Minnesota and California, the Organizational Fellowship Program (OFP) provides multi-year core operating support, peer-to-peer learning spaces, and culturally relevant skills-building trainings to develop organizational social justice capacity.

OFP group shot


We believe that social justice organizations are imperative to social justice movement building. 

The NGEC defines social justice organizations as key formations that build and sustain social justice movements. They are committed to base building, community organizing and developing coalitions and networks. They integrate strategies that create cultural change within communities and societal change more broadly. Social justice organizations foster effective accountable leadership from the ground up led by those most impacted by inequity.

Our Organizational Fellowship Program (OFP) is currently working with 12 Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in California and Minnesota from 2009 through 2011 to strengthen the social justice infrastructure for movement building.

The OFP's overall program design focuses on 5 areas of organizational capacity which we believe are integral parts of effective and sustainable social justice organizations.


  • organizational identity

  • organizational structure

  • organizational strategies

  • sustainability

  • linkages and connections


Within these 5 organizational capacity areas, the OFP's tools and trainings address topics and strategies including: community organizing, policy advocacy, media/communications and leadership development. Each capacity area corresponds to the NGEC’s "Anatomy of a Social Justice Organization" framework (shown below), which highlight the necessary elements needed to become a social justice organization.


BRIDGE Anatomy of an SJ Org



NGEC Organizational Fellows for 2009 - 2011

The 12 organizations selected for the OFP represent the hope and potential within our communities to develop a stronger, more politically conscious base of those most impacted by inequity. 

Specifically in 2009, the OFPactivities for the 12 organizations include: participating in trainings and peer-learning spaces (both face-to-face and online), completing an organizational assessment, and developing organizational goals & work plan to move each group to their next stage of movement building work.

* Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota (AAHWM)
* Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), MN
* Centre for Asian Pacific Islanders (CAPI), MN
* Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), CA
* Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), CA
* Khmer Girls in Action (KGA),CA
* Korean Resource Center (KRC), CA
* KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance), CA
* Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
* Mu Performing Arts, MN
* Shades of Yellow (SOY), MN
* South Asian Network (SAN), CA

Learn more about each of the OFP organizations >>>


"KGA is hoping to strengthen and build our capacity to fulfill our mission and vision statement through peer-based learning, bring into the discussion a youth lens, and collectively work with other grassroots organizations to elevate the experiences and visibility of AA/PI communities in our national dialogues and discourse." - Joy Yanga, Khmer Girls In Action


"The Lao Assistance Center is honored to be a part of this historic program. We see this not only as an opportunity to strengthen our organization but our community as we examine our full potential to transform our world. We appreciate the vision of this process and the chance to learn from so many other exceptional organizations and individuals." - Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director