The RealReal is donating $100,000 to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), which, along with an additional $105,000 contributed by its partners, will help the organization respond to its spike in requests for legal assistance resulting from the rise in violence toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
“We have to watch for and fight against racism. That starts with understanding the issues faced by Asian Americans and it continues with the work organizations like ours are doing to advocate for equity and justice,” said Margaret Fung, executive director of AALDEF. “Providing legal counsel and support for hate crimes is intensive work. This donation from The RealReal and its partners will help us add needed resources to our team so we can serve more people and more communities.”
AALDEF is a New York-based national organization founded in 1974 that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. AALDEF has provided legal representation and counseling to victims of anti-Asian violence for more than 40 years and has advocated for stronger hate crimes laws and victim assistance programs.
Joining The RealReal in its donation to AALDEF are Bank of America, Stifel, King & Spalding, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Cowen, Credit Suisse, UBS and Raymond James.
“We are committed to supporting and advocating for diversity in our communities. We’ve been working closely with our Asians + Pacific Americans Employee Resource Group to support our internal AAPI community and are now working together to extend our efforts to help support communities nationwide,” said Julie Wainwright, founder and CEO of The RealReal. “We appreciate our partners coming together in this collective effort to expand the essential work AALDEF is doing to advocate for the Asian American community.”