Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a national organization advancing the interests of Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans through leadership development, capacity building and community empowerment.
Through the Community Leadership Project, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center provides technical assistance, training and leadership development to small and midsize organizations serving Southeast Asian communities.
Region Served: San Joaquin Valley
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties
Total Award: $150,000
The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center’s Leadership Sustainability Project is a three-year program that provides customized technical support to between four and six Southeast Asian American organizations and 24 individuals. Through this support, SEARAC seeks to diversify and expand the leadership capacity of staff, board members and volunteers.
Center staff work with selected organizations to identify their most critical organizational and leadership needs and develop a holistic leadership capacity-building program. SEARAC addresses organizational infrastructure needs, identifies leadership gaps, and helps participating organizations engage external community leaders to cultivate a pipeline of new leaders. Topics range from succession planning to strategies for enhancing leadership support, building a volunteer base, strengthening board members’ roles, and incorporating new ideas into organizational visions and leadership.
Organizations are selected on an open and competitive basis. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center identifies candidates from its network of Southeast Asian-serving organizations and Mutual Assistance Associations located in the San Joaquin Valley.
Project Launched: Spring 2010