SEARAC Receives $150,000 Grant from Surdna Foundation

For immediate release
May 1, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 general operating support grant from the Surdna Foundation. This generous gift will bolster SEARAC’s national policy priorities and leadership development for Southeast Asian American communities, including our upcoming 25th anniversary Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) program.

“We are so grateful to the Surdna Foundation and President Don Chen for their continued support of SEARAC and Southeast Asian Americans,” stated SEARAC Executive Director Quyên Đinh. “The Surdna Foundation has been a thoughtful, collaborative funder for SEARAC since 2022. As we look ahead to the 50th anniversary of the Southeast Asian American refugee experience in 2025, we are thrilled to have this continued funding to nourish our growing, thriving Southeast Asian American community.”

About Surdna Foundation: The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, inclusive economies, and thriving cultures. Learn more at

About SEARAC: SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that builds power with diverse communities from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity. Learn more at

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Elaine Sanchez Wilson, Senior Director of Communications