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September 2021 Issue


Dear AAPIPers,


We send this newsletter to you with warm and healing wishes, especially as AAPIP reflects on the 20 years of continued criminalization and dehumanization of Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) communities that have been acutely impacted since 9/11. AAPIP is amplifying this Call for Solidarity and Joint Investment in BAMEMSA Communities organized by The RISE Together Fund, Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations to raise $50 million over the next five years. These funds will support BAMEMSA leaders, organizations, and networks who have already made signficant impact in Congress and state legislatures, and urge funders to join us in this effort.


AAPIP has a few exciting offerings coming up! First, register for AAPIP's Intro to Racial Equity Curriculum that will launch at the CHANGE Unity Summit on October 25th! Register for Unity Summit and select AAPIP's Intro to Racial Equity Curriculum at checkout. AAPIP members, make sure to use the discount code! Contact us if you're a member needing the code.


Additionally, AAPIP is hosting a National Giving Circle Network Convening on September 23rd. If you're part of an AAPI Giving Circle and want to participate, please let us know!


Join us in welcoming two new AAPIP staff members! Suk Rhee joins AAPIP as Vice President of Programs, and Victoria Yam joins AAPIP as Executive Assistant & Special Projects Manager. Interested in working at AAPIP? We have an opening for Development & Membership Manager! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.


We also encourage you to explore two exciting contributions to the field - Mismatched: Philanthropy's Reponse to the Call for Racial Justice and Everyday Donors of Color: Diverse Philanthropy During Times of Change. The findings from each of these reports are important for equity and justice-minded funders to examine.


Curious what else AAPIP was up to in 2021? Check out our latest annual report.


In community,

The AAPIP Team

Philanthropy 911: Where's the Emergency?

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we invite philanthropy once again to answer the call to support BAMEMSA communities. This Call to Action seeks to collectively raise $50 million over the next five years to support BAMEMSA communities. Already, we know that less than 20 cents to every $100 dollars in philanthropy goes to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and this effort in support of BAMEMSA communities will be a great start to a new decade of racial equity grantmaking.

Read Philanthropy 911: Where's the Emergency?

AAPIP's Intro to Racial Equity

Curriculum at CHANGE Unity Summit!

October 25th, 2021

9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

10:00 am - 1:00 pm MT

11:00 am - 2:00 pm CT

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

AAPIP is proud to announce the launch of its racial equity curriculum, Philanthropy for an Inclusive Democracy: A Racial Equity Curriculum Centering AAPI Communities as one of the pre-Unity Summit events. This curriculum offers an overview of the state of Asian Pacific America within the larger context of racial equity while peeling back a monolithic view of AAPI people. This 3-hour webinar will be an overview and introduction to AAPIP’s racial equity curriculum.


To register, you must first register for the CHANGE Unity Summit, and select AAPIP’s Intro to Racial Equity Curriculum under pre-summit events during registration. There is $50 fee for non-AAPIP members. Become an AAPIP Member to receive discounted registration!

Register for AAPIP's Racial Equity Curriculum

AAPIP is Hiring!

Desired experience: 

driving successful fundraising/membership campaigns

communicating to diverse stakeholders

managing multiple tasks and dynamic projects

developing & evolving processes

Salary range: $65k-$72k


Inquiries can be sent to

Learn more about this job

In Case You Missed It

PRE's Latest Report, Mismatched: Philanthropy's Response to the Call for Racial Justice

Last week, The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), released this assessment of racial equity and racial justice funding - the most comprehensive to date. 


The report revealed that in 2018, only 6% of philanthropic dollars supported racial equity work, with only 1% supporting racial justice work. Moreover, of the top 20 recipients of racial equity grants from 2015-2018, more than a third of those organizations were launched and driven by white business leaders. Foundations and corporations must devote more resources to racial equity and racial justice work, led by the communities most impacted.


We highly encourage all equity- and justice-minded organizations to thoroughly read this comprehensive resource.

Download PRE's Latest Report, Mismatched

Everyday Donors of Color: Diverse Philanthropy During Times of Change

In August, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, released their findings from household surveys and focus groups.


According to the study, Asian and Black Americans are more likely than others to give to social justice causes; 31% of Asian Americans and 19% of Black Americans gave to social justice causes this past year.

Download Everyday Donors of Color report

Chapter Highlights

AAPIP Legacy Award


AAPIP is proud to launch the AAPIP Legacy Award in a landmark year - with the significant rise in AAPI activism amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, racial reckoning around anti-Black racism, and yet another rising tide of anti-Asian violence. This inaugural award recognizes and honors an AAPIP chapter leader or AAPIP stakeholder for their outstanding volunteer service building on and leveraging their connection to AAPIP through a focused, educational, research, and/or professional development opportunity in service of racial equity and justice goals.The award grants resources toward research/project work, including but not limited to attending conferences and events, coaching and mentorship. 


AAPIP is pleased to award James Liou, Chair of the AAPIP Philadelphia chapter, this inaugural Legacy Award. James has served as a Co-Chair of the AAPIP Philadelphia chapter for the past four years, during which time his service to the AAPIP community has been exemplary, including his contributions to the development of AAPIP’s racial equity statement and related activities. James has demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the pandemic, working with local community and philanthropic leaders, giving circle members, and other stakeholders to identify and advocate for smaller Asian American organizations that were left out of early COVID relief efforts. He is currently leading an effort to create a new AAPI community fund in the Philadelphia region, building a bridge between local community and philanthropy partners.


The research project work that James will conduct supports the refinement and completion of a racial equity curriculum as a core educational resource for chapter leaders. This project will be a contribution to the field and to the community by educating philanthropic professionals about AAPI history, make a case for philanthropic individuals and institutions to increase inclusion and funding for AAPI-led and serving organizations, and acknowledge AAPIs as important stakeholders and co-leaders in conversations around racial justice and equity. This project will connect with emerging efforts - in Philadelphia and nationally - to engage and activate a bridge between philanthropy and AAPI communities.


AAPIP is grateful for James’ outstanding service as Chair of the AAPIP Philadelphia chapter and is proud to award him with the inaugural Legacy Award. Thank you, James!


Advance Racial Justice with AAPIP

Since its 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!


Join AAPIP as we enter our 4th decade of advancing racial justice by becoming a new member or renewing your membership!



Advance Racial Justice with AAPIP

Appreciation for Supporting AAPIP

Thank you to our new and recently-renewed Institutional Members!

  • Akonadi Foundation
  • Energy Foundation
  • Knight Foundation
  • Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
  • Stupski Foundation
  • Stoneleigh Foundation
  • Southeastern Council on Foundations

AAPIP appreciates the support from the 100 Institutional Members who have joined or joined last fiscal year. Thank you for supporting AAPIP's work to advance racial equity in philanthropy. Join the growing list of AAPIP members!

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