November 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month

Dear AAPIPers,


We hope this newsletter finds you with renewed spirits after CHANGE Philanthropy’s incredible Unity Summit and turning our clocks back an hour. Missed the summit? Luckily, the recordings are now available! Catch up on the action here.


November is Native American Heritage Month, and our partner, Native Americans in Philanthropy, is hosting a number of events this month, including Indian 101. Foundations, grantmakers, and other funders are invited to join and unpack the vital connection between philanthropy and American Indian/Native American relations. Each of the sessions is an interactive experience that covers the past, present, and future of Indigenous peoples’ shared values as well as the diversity of cultures.


We also congratulate our partner ABFE for leading the philanthropic sector around racial equity for the last 50 years. ABFE is the first, the original, the groundbreaking philanthropic serving organization and is hosting a celebratory event tonight! Join ABFE for their James A. Joseph Awards Ceremony and ABFE's 50th Anniversary Celebration.


AAPIP is thrilled to welcome Kyla Alvarez, AAPIP’s new Development and Membership Manager. Kyla was just recognized as a 20 in their 20’s leader by Harrisburg Young Professionals for her experience working in nonprofit management, fundraising, and membership engagement, mostly recently at the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). Please send a warm welcome to Kyla!


AAPIP has a new opening for Communications Director! Help us spread the word to find a candidate who will collaboratively build and implement a dynamic and cohesive communications strategy to change the narrative about AANHPI people in society within a larger racial justice context and deliver upon AAPIP’s unique position to activate a broader movement around our mission. This position is fully remote, and applications submitted before December 31st will be considered in the first review.

As we head into the holiday season, we wish you and your families good health and prosperity.


In community,

The AAPIP Team


Building Asian-Black-Indigenous Solidarity

December 16, 10:00 - 11:30AM PT / 1:00 - 2:30PM ET

Hosted by The Lunar Project

Event Co-Sponsors: AAPIP, Justice Funders, Neighborhood Funders Group


The Lunar Project is a community building and funding vehicle for Asian American solidarity and participation in the movement for Black and Indigenous-led liberation. During these times of escalated violence against both Asian American and Black communities, The Lunar Project organizes Asian Americans with wealth to demonstrate solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities who are most impacted by racist and gendered violence in the US and also those who are most vulnerable within our AANHPI communities (migrants, elders, criminalized and stigmatized workers, poor and working class folks), with the aim of building a $20M solidarity fund.


If you are committed to moving dollars to BIPOC-led organizing, movement building, and solidarity, and looking to invest in or learn about innovative and strategic interventions, we invite you to join us!


To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP below.

RSVP for Building Asian-Black-Indigenous Solidarity


Bay Area & Silicon Valley

Join AAPIP Bay Area tomorrow, Thursday, November 18 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm PT for an interactive session with co-facilitators Jeannine Carter and Lotus Wang of Incluvations and learn about how to emerge as inclusive leaders and create the equitable, justice-driven nonprofit and philanthropic worlds we all wish to see.

Register for tomorrow's session


Last week, the AAPIP-Chicago Chapter hosted a funder briefing titled Solidarity in the Philanthropic Case for Funding AAPI Communities


Participants learned about who and where AAPIs are in Chicagoland, how underfunding AAPIs contributes toward anti-Black racism and systemic white dominance more generally, and how organizational norms and practices can center solidarity to disrupt and dismantle the relationship between underfunding AAPIs and reproducing systemic racism.

Catch the recording

New York

AAPIP-NY is pleased to announce three new steering committee members who will bring their experiences and passion in activism, amplifying AAPI voices, and building community. Please join us in welcoming:

Stay tuned for more events coming in 2022 and join AAPIP-NY's LinkedIn page.

Join AAPIP-NY on LinkedIn




Advancing racial equity will take all of us.


AAPIP appreciates the support from the 100 Institutional Members who have joined us so far and the following new and renewed members this month:


  • Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Council on Foundations
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund (Stuart Foundation)
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Kataly Foundation 
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation 
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

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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