January 2023

Join us! 2023 Member Orientation


Dear AAPIPers,



We hope you have been able to ease into 2023 with much rest and reinvigorated spirits. To those who celebrate the Lunar New Year, we wish you a Hoppy Year of the Rabbit! 


Fifty-five years since his untimely death, we commemorate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life work towards racial and economic equality. Though as Rev. Bernice King reminds us, "we love to quote King in and around the holiday...but then we refuse to live King 365 days a year". We share the full article of her resonating call for bold action over words to encourage a deeper commitment to the Reverend's movement beyond the quotes. 


These past few weeks have welcomed us with great momentum in our role in this movement to advance racial equity in philanthropy. AAPIP looks forward to hosting our Membership Orientation to connect new and returning members with the work circling throughout the network and our collective movement ahead.


Our team is also expanding! Help us in our search for a VP of Membership Programs, Director of Finance and Administration, and California Regional Coordinator.


Continue reading to learn the full details about what's coming ahead!


In community, 

The AAPIP Team


My Leadership Reflections


In the quiet stillness of night turned into dawn, I quiet the sounds of discord to hear the breathing of our shared humanity and lift my eyes to see the changing hues of the “mountain top” that is ours to reach. I greet the depths of emotions and sing with soulfulness to compose a joyful new verse fit for this newer moment.

As the new year unfolds, it offers hope and possibility for a promising future ahead. With some bright spots along the way (a relief that the electoral system in the U.S. held together) - we are all long overdue for a really good year.


I begin with gratitude. To our members, thank you for your steadfast support of AAPIP and unwavering commitment toward an equitable and just world. To all our friends, colleagues, and allies, thank you for helping to move the sector we call “philanthropy” to restore its root meaning – the love of humanity – as we grapple with the history and implications of wealth accumulation.

2022 was an impactful year for AAPIP. Our Power in Solidarity event with our sister organization, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), was the largest, most spectacular gathering in AAPIP history. Both experienced and new conference attendees alike raved that the Gathering was “the best conference in philanthropy they have ever attended.” Participants spoke of the unique intersection of Pacific Islanders with Native American Indigenous perspectives and were inspired by powerful storytelling inviting us all into the narrative. Whether or not participants knew about AAPIP and NAP’s shared origin story before walking in, all were welcomed into a philanthropic home they had never yet experienced within the sector. Together, we experienced the power of cross-racial solidarity, a stunning yet humble example of the deeper meaning of philanthropy within our communities, carving a new baseline to calibrate our work moving forward....

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Vice President of Membership Programs: AAPIP seeks a Vice President of Membership Programs to guide AAPIP’s member-centric program strategy and implementation. This is a key position that works closely with the President to design, lead, evaluate, refine, and sustain programs and initiatives that align with AAPIP’s vision, programmatic agenda. 


Director of Finance & Administration: AAPIP is looking for a Director of Finance & Administration who will be responsible for the organization’s overall financial management and administrative oversight.  This is a new key role in support of our growing team.


CA Regional Coordinator: Based in the Bay Area, this is a new (part-time) position to support AAPIP's work focused on the California philanthropic ecosystem.  The Regional Coordinator will work with the staff team to advance donor organizing and address the cumulative effects of philanthropic under-investment in this country's fastest growing racial group. They will also be a key partner in supporting AAPIP's California chapters.




Start the new year off with AAPIP at our 2023 Member Orientation! Join us on Thursday, February 2nd at 9 am PT/12 pm ET to learn more about AAPIP and ways to get involved. This is an introductory call to highlight AAPIP’s key programs and membership benefits. Whether you are a returning or new member to the AAPIP network, this session is for you if you would like to connect with our community. 


During this call, attendees will:

  • Meet AAPIP Staff and Chapter leaders
  • Learn about AAPIP’s programming and membership
  • Hear highlights from 2022 and what’s to come in 2023 

To register for the event, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions please reach out to Membership@aapip.org.


On January 28, 2023, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute is hosting an in-person Gala Dinner event that celebrates Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution and commemorates an important landmark decision in civil rights history, the 40th Anniversary of the Coram Nobis cases. In 1983, the Coram Nobis cases overturned the three federal convictions of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui. They dared to challenge President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute is pleased to welcome the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, Professor at Georgetown University, and MSNBC TV contributor, Neal Katyal, as the keynote speaker at this event


Learn more details and purchase tickets here.


The CHANGE Philanthropy 2023 Unity Summit is coming October 16-19, 2023! Over 1000 participants from a wide variety of communities come together to expand their individual and institutional practice in order to advance equity with an intersectional lens, with community at the center of our efforts. The Unity Summit is a platform for bold ideas and unique voices that help inform philanthropic practice and move the sector forward. The breakout sessions and workshops, which comprise a large portion of the convening, are integral to building a rich and engaging Unity Summit - these ideas spark deep discussion and inspire action after the convening ends. 


Session ideas are currently being accepted! Proposals should focus on how philanthropy can support structural and institutional change through internal organization practices and/or external practices, across a range of key issue areas. These areas are listed in the submission form, along with critical details to inform your submission.


The call for sessions closes on February 10th and proposals will not be accepted after the deadline. Whether your idea is polished or still in development, your proposal will be considered. If your idea is selected for the 2023 Unity Summit, CHANGE will work with you to finalize the session before it goes live in October. 


Follow along with Unity Summit updates by subscribing to CHANGE’s Summit mailing list



CHANGE Philanthropy announces the appointment of Alice Y. Hom, Ph.D. as their next Executive Director. They will succeed Lyle Matthew Kan, Interim National Director, on March 13, 2023. Congratulations on this exciting new journey, Alice!


Read more about Alice here.


National Strategy to Advance Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for AANHPI Communities

Published January 2023 by White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders


What Books Are Philanthropic Leaders Reading? Here Are 21 Great Picks From IP Interviews

Published January 11, 2023 by Inside Philanthropy


Erik R. Stegman, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy: An ecosystem approach to philanthropy

Published January 4, 2023 by Philanthropy News Digest


Philanthropy Must Move from Charity to Solidarity

Published December 22, 2022 by Nonprofit Quarterly


Meeting Hatred With Dignity: Community Foundations Rally to Stop Hate-Fueled Violence

Published December 22, 2022 by Inside Philanthropy




Advancing justice and equity will take all of us.

AAPIP appreciates the steadfast support from the 100+ Institutional and Individual Members who have joined our network as we work towards building a more just and equitable democracy. 


Thank you to the following members who have recently renewed their membership and a warm welcome to those who have newly joined AAPIP!


  • Roy and Patricia Disney Foundation
  • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
  • General Service Foundation
  • Foundation for Child Development
  • Stupski Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Northwest Area Foundation
  • Libra Foundation
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