What We Do

What does it mean to have a seat at the table? Many things. It means having the influence and power to make decisions and effect change. It means an opportunity to be heard and make a difference. Most importantly, it means representing and serving your community.

If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Through education and engagement, we ensure that the South Asian American community in the Bay Area is fairly represented in local, county, and state politics.

Education

South Asian Americans need to know who they're voting for, and why. Through voter registration drives, digital campaigns and community outreach, we strive to make sure that South Asian Americans are well informed of candidates and issues that affect them, as well as their larger community.

Engagement

SAAFBA aims to make the political process more accessible to all. Through workshops, forums, and events, we build grassroots communities that can mobilize the South Asian vote to impact representative and legislative bodies, policies, and issues. 

What is a 501c(4)?

You have probably heard of a 501c(3) – the most common type of nonprofit. A 501c(3) must limit its political activities, including advocacy and legislative activity, to less than 20 percent of its total activities. A 501c(4) does not have that restriction.

As a 501c(4), SAAFBA enthusiastically supports diversity, fair immigration laws, issues pertaining to the preservation of our environment. SAAFBA may support candidates who share similar values with coverage, endorsements, and fundraising.