South Pacific Islander Organization is a tax exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our EIN is 83-3380220.
To support and promote Pacific Islander voices, cultures and communities through leadership development, cultural preservation and community partnerships.
A thriving Pacific Islander community rooted in culture.
Respect | We respect and honor all voices, cultures and communities.
Honesty | We act with honest intentions and integrity.
Balance | We promote the importance of emotional, physical and spiritual balance within our community.
Family | We ensure our team and community members feel belonged.
Who we serve
While our programs are meant to serve a general public benefit, our goal is to primarily serve Pacific Islanders, people of Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian descent. For more information on who Pacific Islanders are, check out this resource by EPIC. For more information on where the Pacific Islands are located, check out this map. Please note that the designation “Pacific Islander” looks different based on your country of residence and environment. The terms used to designate "Pacific Islanders” range from South Pacific Islanders, Oceania, Pasifika, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. In the US, Pacific Islanders are also often lumped under the larger “Asian Pacific Islander” (API) or “Asian American Pacific Islander” (AAPI) category.
Why we exist
The Pacific Islander community is one of the fastest growing minority groups in the U.S. Islanders represent a small yet diverse group of people, who are often not well represented in higher education, professional industries and in the media. We are a community of students, educators, influencers and entrepreneurs interested in providing growth opportunities for islanders. We aim to ensure the needs of the growing Pacific Islander community are met.
A note on Pacific Islanders
Even though certain islands may share cultural commonalities, each island is marked by a rich and unique background. We recognize the needs of each islander community will differ, and we hope to work in harmony with individuals from each island.