May 2022

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Dear AAPIPers,


It's Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month - a momentous time for our communities - and not without ample reminders of our continued resistance against white supremacy. We grieve for the victims and families of the recent violence in Dallas, Buffalo, and Laguna Woods.


We also grieve the loss of Secretary Norman Mineta and acknowledge his outstanding service and commitment to community. Mineta was the first Japanese-American to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city (San Jose), the driving force behind the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which officially apologized for and redressed the injustices endured by Japanese Americans during World War II, the first Asian American to be appointed to presidential cabinet post as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration, and earned many more accolades. We honor Secretary Mineta and the contributions of countless Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander heroes during this special month. Secretary Mineta lives on as an iconic giant for the Asian American community. Here is a message from the Mineta family. 


AAPIP just released Seeking to Soar: Regional Nonprofit Snapshot for Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Twin Cities). This report follows Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities released in March 2021. For every $100 awarded by institutional philanthropy in the Twin Cities, just 42 cents is directed to AAPI communities; in other words, 0.42% of philanthropic dollars in the Twin Cities is directed to AAPI communities. These results point to the greater need to invest long term and at higher levels to build the capacity and sustainability of organizations that are foundational to AAPI communities.


Lastly, this edition of AAPIP Connect offers many events to connect to and we hope you will join as many as possible!   


In community,

The AAPIP Team

On the Recent Violence Against Black and Asian Communities

All communities should be safe from prejudice, hate and violence. AAPIP grieves for the victims of the recent violence in Dallas, Buffalo, and Laguna Woods. We offer our heartfelt support to all who are impacted by these horrific attacks, especially for Black communities in New York and the Asian American communities in Texas and California.


Until we address our nation’s shameful legacy of white supremacy, scapegoating and “othering” people of color, this cyclical pattern of anti-Black and anti-Asian prejudice, hate, and violence will continue.


Our country’s greatest strengths are the diversity of its people and the principles of human dignity, equity, and belonging that unite us all. We must not allow racial intolerance, violence, and injustice to undermine these cherished values.

AA and NH/PI Communities Receive Pennies on the Dollar

Today, AAPIP released Seeking to Soar: Regional Nonprofit Snapshot for Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Twin Cities).


This regional nonprofit snapshot is a follow-up analysis to Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities released in March 2021, zooming in to better understand the AAPI nonprofit landscape in regions with AAPIP chapters, starting with Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Twin Cities).


Key Findings:

  • Although the Twin Cities has a robust philanthropic landscape (total grants nearing $1.3 billion), the slice designated to AAPI communities is miniscule, total just $5.3 million. This equates to just 42 cents going to AAPI communities per $100 awarded by institutional philanthropy.
  • The majority of AAPI-specific organizations are small- to mid-sized. Nearly 90% are operating with less than five staff, and more than 80% are operating with budgets smaller than $500k.
  • The funding landscape for AAPI-specific organizations is precarious. More than 75% of AAPI-designated funding comes from ten institutions. Investing long term and at higher levels is critical to building the capacity and sustainability of organizations that are foundational to AAPI communities.

For more detailed data, download the full report!

Download Twin Cities Nonprofit Snapshot

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) are excited to announce that Power in Solidarity's agenda is now live!




Check out everything that Power in Solidarity has to offer over our three and a half days together by visiting the conference website! We are working hard to add more sessions over the coming weeks as well as releasing the detailed line up of plenary and keynote speakers. Stay tuned for more exciting content!




Register for Power in Solidarity

The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the AA and NH/PI community, and we know the road to recovery will be a slow and lengthy process. Give in May is an opportunity to support nonprofits who are helping our community to recover and rebuild.


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, an event that ignited Asian American civil rights activism. As the community continues to struggle with anti-Asian hate, Give In May is a way to support nonprofits committed to ending hate crimes and protecting AAs and NH/PIs.


The Give In May campaign will take place from May 1-31 to support nonprofits serving the AA and NH/PI community in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


Give In May is a quick and easy way to give back to our community that not only brings awareness to hidden needs, but also celebrates the achievements and strengths of the AA and NH/PI community.


Join Give in May



Yuri Kochiyama Solidarity Fund Launch by Hella Heart Oakland

Thursday, May 19, 2022
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT


Join Hella Heart Oakland, New Breath Foundation, and the Women's Foundation of California to kick-off the launch of the Yuri Kochiyama Solidarity Fund! The fund seeks to build on Yuri's legacy of cross-racial solidarity work. The launch date lands on a very special day - May 19th - the date of Yuri Kochiyama's and Malcolm X's birthdays!


The fund hosted a conversation on March 8th - catch the recording here.

Register for Building Community and BIPOC Solidarity

We Are Detroit. We Are Vincent Chin: An American Legacy

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
3:00 PM EDT


A virtual conversation with Helen Zia, author, activist, and spokesperson for the Estate of Lily and Vincent Chin and an invitation for philanthropy to meet the moment.

In 1982, during Detroit’s decline as the center of the American auto industry and the rise of Japanese auto manufacturers, two White unemployed auto workers targeted Vincent as the cause of their economic misfortunes and beat him to death. The story of Vincent Chin and Detroit is an important marker in the larger, more complex and interconnected American legacy around race. Forty years have fortified rather than diminished its significance against this contemporary version of anti-Asian violence and this nation’s grappling of anti-Blackness.


Register for We Are Detroit. We Are Vincent Chin: An American Legacy

A New Reckoning of Asian American Consciousness

Tuesday, May 25, 2022
10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT


Asian American Pacific Heritage Month offers a moment, albeit brief, for our communities and allies to reflect, strategize, and mobilize to expand resources for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities to build a more just and equitable society. What is the state of AANPHI communities today? Where do we go now after two years of pandemic that has brought heartache and fear that has tested our resiliency? How does one find joy and grieve, embracing both with equal fervor? Join Asian Americans /Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) — Los Angeles and Southern California Grantmakers for this virtual webinar to celebrate and commemorate Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and Asian American communities — and strengthen our resolve for a resilient future.



  • Isra Pananon Weeks, Interim Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

  • Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

  • Erin Limlingan, Donor Relations Officer, California Community Foundation
  • Sandy Chiang, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
Register for A New Reckoning of Asian American Consciousness

Sikh Civics:
Philanthropy’s Role in Building A Multiracial Society


Thursday, June 2, 2022
4:00 PM EDT


In April 2021, a mass shooting left eight dead, including four Sikh Americans, at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, where it was well known that a majority of the workers were part of the Sikh community. Ten years ago this August, a man with neo-Nazi ties killed six Sikhs at a gurdwara (Sikh house of worship) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, leaving four others injured; a seventh died in 2020 due to direct complications from the shooting. 


Despite these enormous challenges, what can the American public–and more specifically the philanthropic space–learn from the Sikh community beyond horrific headlines? While the threat of targeted violence remains urgent, it is time for philanthropy to look to and leverage the resilience, efforts to build community power, and allyship displayed by other marginalized communities in order to proactively support an inclusive multi-racial society for all.

Register for Sikh Civics: Philanthropy's Role in Building a Multicultural Society

Gold Futures Challenge

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

12:00 PM PDT


Asian American Futures and Gold House are proud to launch the 2022 Gold Futures Challenge, an exciting, online model for philanthropy that will award ten prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to Asian American and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) organizations for projects that ensure our communities are Seen, Heard, Empowered, and United.


For too long, grantmaking has been elitist and top-down, and has largely ignored the needs of the AAPI community. The Gold Futures Challenge is a first-of-its-kind idea: we’re using an online funding and voting model not only to democratize our grant-making, but also to bring visibility to AAPI-serving organizations among a new audience, new donors, new volunteers, and new potential partners. In doing so, we also hope to build unity among AAPI communities across the country.

Learn More About Gold Futures Challenge

Vincent Chin 40th: Remembrance & Rededication

Wednesday, June 16-19, 2022


Forty years after the murder of Vincent Chin and the miscarriage of justice that followed, amid a climate of anti-Asian hate similar to today’s, a four-day commemoration will be held in Detroit and virtually, featuring:

  • special screening of the acclaimed “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”
  • national conversation on democracy, racial justice, and Asian Americans
  • Vincent Chin 40th Commemorative Film Series
  • 2022 Midwest Asian American Documentary Filmmakers Convening
  • community dialogues
  • public art and cultural performances
  • interfaith remembrance ceremony

We are finalizing the registration pages for each event. Please complete this form to make sure you get updates for registration and other announcements. Please email if you have any questions.

Register for Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication



Published May 9, 2022 by Pew Research Center


We speak about Asian Americans as a single block. Here's how incredibly complex they are

Published May 1, 2022 in CNN



Advancing racial 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 new institutional members:


  • AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
  • Grantmakers for Education
  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD)
  • New Breath 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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