Issue 06
LAAUNCH and TAAF Join Forces
November 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

As our earliest and dearest supporters, we wanted you to be the first to hear exciting news regarding our efforts and organization. LAAUNCH is joining forces with The Asian American Foundation (, the world’s largest AAPI philanthropic organization! LAAUNCH’s CEO and co-founder, Norman Chen, has been tapped to become the CEO of TAAF, effective today. With more than $1 billion in corporate and individual philanthropic commitments, TAAF will provide multi-year support for the STAATUS Index and other meaningful programs. This merger will allow LAAUNCH to amplify its efforts and impact, with LAAUNCH operating as an incubation engine within TAAF.

LAAUNCH, like TAAF, came together from a core group of committed friends focused on helping Asian Americans during turbulent political and pandemic times. We are thrilled and honored by this opportunity to combine and supercharge our efforts with TAAF.

All funds raised by LAAUNCH thus far will remain dedicated to current programs. We are deeply grateful to you, our supporters, partners, and friends of LAAUNCH.

Meanwhile, congratulations to the progress for AAPIs with new political leadership in Cincinnati, Boston, New York, and Seattle.

We shall keep you posted as always, and welcome your thoughts and input at

Warmest regards,

Norman Chen, Ming & Wah Chen, Ed King, David Ting, Richard Ting, Eric Toda

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