March 2022

The Public Safety of Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

Dear AAPIPers,


One year ago, many of us woke up to the news of the horrific shootings in Atlanta leaving 8 people dead, including 6 Asian American women. Since then, open attacks and murders of Asian American women have been rampant, some of the most recent this year including two killings and a spate of attacks on 7 Asian American women in a span of 2 hours. Yesterday, in observance of a day of reflection, AAPIP released a statement on The Public Safety of Asian American and Pacific Islander Women. What does this have to do with philanthropy? For an historical reflection (March is designated as Women's History Month, although women make history all the time), read The Philanthropy of Tomorrow Begins With the Women and Girls of Today, a piece written by our President, Pat Eng. For a powerful statement by Surdna Foundation President and AAPIP board member, Don Chen, read Sustaining Support for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 
Philanthropy, are we listening? The time for action was long ago and the case continues to be made every day with examples like these and documented in reports, not just from AAPIP, but from Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) in their reports OVERLOOKED (Part 1): Foundation Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Communities and OVERLOOKED (Part Two): Foundation Support for Native American Leaders and Communities. These reports came from CEP's observations of two disturbing trends: 1) AAPI and Native American nonprofit leaders report having less positive experiences with their foundation funders than nonprofit leaders of other races/ethnicities. This has been the case during, as well as prior to, the pandemic. 2) Despite the significant challenges facing AAPI and Native American people, most foundations continue to overlook nonprofits that serve these communities. What can be done about this? Register for CEP's upcoming webinar OVERLOOKED: Foundation Support of AAPI & Native Communities Sorely Lacking. Currently, registration for the webinar is slower than typical. Why is that? Could it be that these communities are somehow "overlooked"? All the more reason to join!
Lastly, early bird registration for Power in Solidarity, An AAPIP & NAP Philanthropic Gathering, is now open! Secure your early bird registration before April 15th. AAPIP and NAP share an origin story that far predates CEP's reports. Exactly a year ago, CEOs Pat Eng and Erik Stegman co-authored As Violence Against Asian Americans Intensifies, the Moment for Philanthropy to Act Is Now, a Letter to the Editor published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The case is being made.  Philanthropy, will you join us?

In community,

The AAPIP Team

The Philanthropy of Tomorrow Begins With the Women and Girls of Today

Written by Pat Eng

I have spent a lifetime trying to rid the world of violence against women, starting with the community I knew best - Chinatown, in my little corner of the country known as NYC. The women I met along the way– largely, but not exclusively, immigrants– had many hopes for their families (and sometimes for themselves), but way fewer options. They earned little in cash but a great deal more in resiliency as they navigated personal safety in and out of their homes, at work or school, and in public spaces - day in and day out. 


Fast forward to two years ago, and particularly one year ago, where are we now? The lives of the six Asian American women cut short in Atlanta last March looked hauntingly familiar to the lives of immigrant Asian women 40 years ago. What has changed is that 40 years ago, no one batted an eye when Asian women were showing up in shelters and court systems fleeing violence at home or when they were sold into virtual bondage through a broken immigration system. Now, as a result of women’s organizing efforts over the past 40 years, we as a nation are finally recognizing that gender based violence in all its forms must end.

Read the full piece here

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Secure your early bird registration for Power in Solidarity by April 15th!

AAPIP and NAP Member Early Rate (until April 15): $300

Non-Members (until April 15): $400

Registration rates will increase after Aprill 15th. View full registration pricing here.


Members of AAPIP and NAP should already have received an email containing their member discount code. AAPIP Giving Circles, AANHPI non-profits, Native-led non-profits, Tribes, and Tribal organizations are also eligible for member discounts.Not yet a member? Become an AAPIP or NAP member today! For additional inquiries, please contact


If you are a sponsor for the event, you should receive an email about your complimentary ticket(s) with a special coupon code. Please reach out to Kyla ( with any questions regarding your sponsorship.


Please note: The registration fees for the Power in Solidarity event are nonrefundable. Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Native Americans in Philanthropy will not offer refunds in the event Power in Solidarity is canceled. However, if the Gathering is postponed to a later date due to COVID-19, or other unforeseen circumstances, registration will be honored for that postponed date.

Register for Power in Solidarity



Overlooked: Foundation Support of AAPI & Native Communities Sorely Lacking

Tue, March 22, 2022

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM PDT


Join us for a discussion of CEP's findings on the lack of foundation support for AAPI and Native American nonprofit leaders and communities.

Register for Overlooked

State of the Union 4 Immigrant & Refugees: How Funders Can Aid Frontlines?

Tue, March 22, 2022

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT


Come and learn about the State of the Union for Immigrants & Refugees in Washington state presented by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and hosted by the WA Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative Steering Committee Members.

Register for State of the Union 4 Immigrant & Refugees

All of Us: Our Humanity, Our Resistance

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

4:00 PM PDT


All of Us: Our Humanity, Our Resistance is a community gathering to grapple with, reflect on, and share in our response to public attacks and killings targeting AAPI women.

Register for All of Us: Our Humanity, Our Resistance

We Rise Together Town Hall: Asian Resilience, Power, & Solidarity

Thursday, March 24, 2022

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT


In the wake of continuing anti-Asian violence and racism across the country, join the Asian Community Fund and the Boston Foundation in honoring the resilience, strength, and power of Asian American communities. We invite you to a Town Hall to commemorate the anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings, reflect on progress to date, and set a vision for the path ahead. Last year’s tragedy sparked a national reckoning, fueling protests across the country, and igniting widespread calls for justice and change. The event will celebrate the leadership and contributions of local AAPI leaders, highlight the importance of multiethnic and multiracial coalition building, and discuss strategies to continue advancing equity and solidarity throughout our region.

Register for We Rise Together Town Hall



Published March 16, 2022 in Surdna Foundation News


As Asian Hate Incidents Continue, Nearly $10 Million Flows to Groups Fighting the Attacks

Published March 15, 2022 in The Chronicle of Philanthropy



Six Questions for Valerie Chang, Managing Director of Programs at the MacArthur Foundation

Published March 3, 2022 in Inside Philanthropy


Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance and Rededication Set For June 16-19 In Detroit

Published March 3, 2022 in Center for Asian American Media



Advancing racial equity will take all of us.


AAPIP appreciates the steadfast support from the 100 Institutional Members who have joined us so far, including the following new members:

  • Archstone Foundation
  • Collins Foundation
  • Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • PEAK Grantmaking
  • Women Donors Network
  • Women's Foundation of Oregon

Since our founding in 1990, AAPIP has envisioned a more just and equitable society and has been a critical voice for advancing the full picture of racial justice - one which includes Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. As our nation, and the world, reckon with the legacies of dehumanization and injustice, AAPIP is an increasingly important voice in philanthropy.  


Your membership helps support AAPIP's work and centers you as an important part of the growing AAPIP community with special benefits!

Become an AAPIP Member


This email was sent to from AAPIP.
If you do not want to receive this email, then please click opt-out to unsubscribe.
View the email online.
Our mailing address is: 1714 Franklin Street, Suite 386 Oakland, CA 94612.
Contact Us
Email  Powered by LiveImpact