October 2022

Diwali & Filipino American History Month

Dear AAPIPers,


Happy Diwali! A festival of lights largely observed by those of Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It has also become a cultural event celebrated with sweets and special foods, and this year Diwali begins on October 24th. AAPIP wishes everyone a Diwali that brings joy to you and all your family - let's brighten the darkest corners so that good always shines over evil. 


October also marks Filipino American History Month, honoring the first documented presence of Filipinos in the United States: the arrival of the Luzones Indios in what is now Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587.

The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in 1992, and in November 2009, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month.

In the spirit of Filipino American History Month, we are organizing a virtual "Filipino Americans in Philanthropy" group meeting to follow up on an exciting first gathering  at the June Power in Solidarity conference. We welcome Filipino American philanthropic staff who were not able to connect with us at the Gathering to also join and participate our next (virtual) event! 


In case you missed it, AAPIP is partnering with Pew Research Center for an interactive webinar on "Being Asian in Philanthropy." And if you crave more in-person events, AAPIP's New York chapter will be wrapping up a peer-coaching pilot from the summer with options for either in-person or online gathering. Read below for more.


In community,

The AAPIP Team



Filipino Americans in Philanthropy

Thank you to those who participated in the Filipinos in Philanthropy meet-up at Power in Solidarity this past summer.  It was joyous to connect with all of you and share physical space, smiles, and laughter together. 


In the spirit of Filipino American History Month, AAPIP invites you to continue this momentum by joining us for a second meet-up for Filipino Americans working in philanthropy. If you are interested and available, please share your availability with us via this doodle poll. We will try our best to accommodate as many folks as possible in scheduling!   If you know other Filipino Americans in the field who would be interested in attending, please pass along this invitation.

Upcoming Events




Join AAPIP and Pew Research Center on Wednesday, October 26th at 1:00 pm PDT / 4:00 pm EDT for a two-part webinar and community space!


The webinar will be an exploration of Pew Research Center’s latest documentary and data essay, Being Asian in America, which shares the experiences and views of Asian Americans across 18 distinct Asian ethnic origin groups. Conducting interviews and focus groups with 264 participants, Pew’s analysis captured the following:

  • Participants’ relationship to pan-ethnic labels such as “Asian” or “Asian American” and identity stemming more from birthplace and evolving throughout their lifetime
  • Participants’ sense of belonging in the United States, the role of their ethnic identity, and their definition of what it means to be “American”
  • Participants’ experiences contributing to the diversity and values of this nation’s diverse story


Following the webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to join a virtual community space hosted by AAPIP to process their own personal reflections relating to the themes explored in Being Asian in America and connect with each other about how their identities are seen, celebrated and included in their philanthropic workplace. Understanding ourselves and our identities is essential for advocating for racial justice in philanthropy. We intend to cultivate a space for reflection and community building.


RSVP is required to attend the event. Please note whether you are connected through AAPIP or Pew Research Center on this RSVP form.

Space is limited. AAPIP members and philanthropic professionals are prioritized.


We look forward to seeing you!




Join AAPIP-NY as we come together to officially conclude our first-ever peer coaching pilot AND gather in-person.


Join us for one or both parts!


Wednesday, November 2, 2022


4:00pm - 4:45pm: Wrap-up our pilot peer-coaching groups (in-person or online)


For peer-coaching participants only


It's been at least six months since we've launched AAPIP-NY's first-ever peer coaching pilot for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in philanthropy. If you participated in the peer coaching pilot, we'd like to officially close out the pilot by coming together, meeting one another, and sharing feedback so that the AAPIP-NY Steering Committee can improve the program for next time.


This portion will be in a hybrid format. We look forward to seeing you in-person at The Ford Foundation (320 E 43rd St, New York, NY) or online via zoom. All peer-coaching participants will be sent zoom information closer to the date.


5:00pm - 7pm: AAPIP-NY Social (in-person)


Open to all AAPIP-members, AAPIP-curious professionals, and your guest


Open to all AAPIP-members and/or AAPIP-curious professionals, please join us for AAPIP-NY's first in-person gathering at The Ford Foundation! Come together and meet other AANHPIs in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector over refreshments and snacks. +1's are encouraged.


This portion is in-person at The Ford Foundation (320 E. 43rd Street, New York NY) 



Join us for one or both parts!


RSVP is strongly recommended


If you have any questions, please contact AAPIPNY@gmail.com. 





Advancing justice and equity will take all of us.


AAPIP appreciates the steadfast support from the 100+ Institutional Members who have joined us so far.


Special shoutout to the following members who have recently renewed their membership:

  • Akonadi Foundation
  • Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Colorado Health Foundation (The)
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation (The)
  • James Irvine Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (The)
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • NeighborWorks America
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Stoneleigh Foundation
  • Tipping Point Community

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!

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