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It’s about empowerment.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) empowers Asian Pacific American (APA) communities to be civically engaged and politically active through leadership development and voter outreach, training, and education.

We know you share this vision. Be a part of the community. Your support will help build a brighter future!

CAUSE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by the law. Tax ID: #95-4458597. CAUSE will issue a letter of contribution for all contributions, no matter what size, for tax filing purposes.

23rd Annual Gala

“Our Votes Count”

As one of the leading organizations serving the civic needs of the APA community in the Greater Los Angeles area, the CAUSE Annual Gala is the premier APA event for those interested in politics and community. Over 600 guests are expected to attend this year, including the most prominent leaders in the corporate, legal, and political communities in the country.

Not only is the gala a celebration and recognition of the individuals and organizations that have made an impact in our community, it is also a way for CAUSE to raise funds for its many programs and services, which include non-partisan voter outreach/training/education and leadership development programs.

Meet Our Honorees

This year’s theme is “Our Votes Count.” With so much at stake in the 2016 elections, we hope you can join us to mobilize members of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community to vote and ensure their voices heard. CAUSE will be honoring individuals and organizations for leadership and legacies that have enhanced the civic participation and political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The Honorable

Norman Y. Mineta


14th US Secretary of Transportation, 33rd US Secretary of Commerce

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Honorable

Betty Yee


California State Controller

Inspirational Leadership Award




Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing & Community Development

East West Bank 


Innovate Marketing Group is the preferred vendor for the 23rd Annual Gala.