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The United States has long been a melting pot; a nation built on a diverse foundation of unique cultures from around the globe. In fact, in Los Angeles alone, half of our city’s residents are Latinos, while only 29.4% of the population are non-Hispanic whites.

Because Los Angeles is made up of a variety of ethnic groups, there are a number of ethnic organizations with important goals and missions to serve our city’s culturally-diverse community.

From promoting ethnic artists, to health advocacy, and local businesses, the following organizations are doing important work in the Los Angeles area – and beyond.

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The United States has long been a melting pot; a nation built on a diverse foundation of unique cultures from around the globe. In fact, in Los Angeles alone, half of our city’s residents are Latinos, while only 29.4% of the population are non-Hispanic whites.

Because Los Angeles is made up of a variety of ethnic groups, there are a number of ethnic organizations with important goals and missions to serve our city’s culturally-diverse community.

From promoting ethnic artists, to health advocacy, and local businesses, the following organizations are doing important work in the Los Angeles area – and beyond.

7 Top Los Angeles Ethnic Organizations

1.) Asian Pacific Community Fund

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The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) began when their leaders found that Los Angeles-based API non-profits were in need of alternative funding. APCF seeks to invest in organizations that wish to empower underserved Asian and Pacific Islanders and cultivate a community of API philanthropists. Their mission is to build healthier API communities, develop API leaders and create a stronger API voice in Los Angeles.

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2.) Asian Professional Exchange

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The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) is working to be the premier membership organization for Asian Pacific Americans in Southern California through a variety of educational, charitable and cultural goals. Their 10,000 members serve Los Angeles Asian Americans through community service, fellowship, charitable fundraisers, cultural events, professional networking and more. APEX hopes to unify all Asian Americans across the U.S. and throughout the world.

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3.) Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

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The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) was formed in response to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986. CHIRLAis on a mission to promote harmonious multi-racial and multi-ethnic human relationships, advance the rights of immigrants and refugees and empower immigrants and their allies to build a more fair and humane society. Their programs include community education, community organizing, civic engagement, policy and advocacy and leadership development for immigrant youth in the Los Angeles area.

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4.) Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles

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The Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles (EAC) is a non-profit organization of collectors, scholars, art dealers, museum representatives and art enthusiasts dedicated to advancing the interest in and appreciation for ethnic art. Their goal is to provide EAC members and the Los Angeles community with ethnic art educational opportunities through lectures, workshops, curatorial tours, film screenings, field trips and more. The EAC also has an active grants program for Los Angeles individuals, organizations and local museums that support its mission.

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5.) Healthy African American Families

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Healthy African American Families (HAAF) is a non-profit, community-serving organization that was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the reasons for low birth weight and infant mortality among African Americans in Los Angeles. Their mission is to improve the overall health outcomes of not just the African American community in Los Angeles, but Latino and Korean communities as well. HAAF wishes to enhance the quality of care and advance social progress for these ethnic groups through education, training and community and government partnerships.

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6.) Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce

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The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC) is a nonprofit organization and trade group corporation that is focused on economic development of the fast-growing Los Angeles Metropolitan Latino community. Their goals are to lead, organize and unify Latino businesses through programs that help increase business to its members, provide technical assistance, provide opportunities to raise capital and more.

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7.) Southern California Indian Center

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The Southern California Indian Center’s (SCIC) vision is one that provides and instills cultural traditions to future generations. The organization’s goals are to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian individuals. SCIC carries out their mission by promoting, fostering and encouraging programs for the general welfare, education and social benefits to the Los Angeles community and beyond. “The future is our responsibility to preserve and protect for generations to come.”

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Are there other local ethnic organizations in Los Angeles you would add to our list? Let us know about them in the comments.

The passionate employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz not only offer services to Los Angeles’ residents of all ethnicities, but are involved in community organizations, as well. Our staff is dedicated to protecting you against race and ethnicity discrimination in the workplace. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against or harassed on the job, contact us today.