March 2023

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AAPIP Network Convening | June 13-14, 2023


Dear AAPIPers,


2023 marks several landmark anniversaries since the start of living through the pandemic! This month will mark two months since the mass gun attacks in California, two years since the Atlanta spa shootings, and three years since the COVID-19 outbreak. In the midst of major social upheaval, historic shifts in working environments and progressive organizing, the world and the philanthropic sector within are continually being reshaped.


In this month and every, we honor the women and femme trailblazers charging, shifting, and rebuilding the very movement blocks that help us actively organize within philanthropy to address the real consequences and impact of anti-Asian violence unleashed.


We have experienced grief and joy together and through it all, AAPIP continues to build community among us, anchored within our chapter networks in LA, to the Rocky Mountains, and reaching the Metro DC area. 


Keep reading for exciting info on AAPIP updates, community opportunities (with upcoming deadlines!), and a spotlight on today's stewards shaping a women and femme-led future. 


Registration for AAPIP's 2023 Annual Meeting and Network Convening is now live!


Join us for a new journey through the past, present, and into the future of philanthropy.


At a time when the expanding philanthropic sector is the most diverse, there is still little recognition of the role that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NH/PIs) already play and need to play in successful racial equity strategies. This is our time to counteract historic underinvestment in our communities and organize ourselves to effect lasting change in the sector. 


Come renew your connections to colleagues while journeying forward through an immersive grounding of how many Asian immigrants were first greeted as newcomers during the Exclusion era; explore themes of detention then and now; preview latest research on the AA and NH/PI nonprofit landscape; participate in timely discussions about building and sustaining racial justice strategies in philanthropy inclusive of AA and NH/PI communities; and much more!


Members, early bird registration is open through April 5th! 

Register Now!


History will mark this as an era of seismic transformation, and at AAPIP, we know there is a unique opportunity to shape the future. Here’s what’s new at AAPIP:


Strategic Planning: At our annual meeting in June 2023, AAPIP introduced a strategic frame to affirm our organizational direction while working in real time on the issues of the day. This year, we are working to evolve the strategic frame into a strategic plan. As with any strategic planning process, it is multi-staged. Over the next several months, we will be reaching out to our members for your feedback about AAPIP’s role in philanthropy and the work ahead.  We are excited to engage you in this process so please be on the lookout for these touch points! 


Infrastructure: The organization is also remodeling!  From top to bottom, we are getting an infrastructure and internal systems makeover to leverage our full power as a vibrant network ready to take on new challenges of the day, the months, and years ahead. 


Membership: As a membership organization, AAPIP is growing our programmatic offerings to equip our members with unique spaces to grow our impact within philanthropy and beyond. As a one of a kind organization, we have been working hard to build community virtually and in-person.  We piloted a new membership orientation to excellent reviews and will continue to build our base of core programming. Thank you to those of you who joined us!  


Board Elections: This year, one AAPIP board member is rotating off and another is up for re-election (ballots will be forthcoming in May).  For FY ‘24, the board is temporarily pausing on expanding or inviting new board members to further refine recruitment and onboarding processes to meet the needs of the organization in this new era. In AAPIP tradition, we will be celebrating our board and chapter leaders at the upcoming membership meeting in June!


Chapter Structure: AAPIP currently has 11 chapters across the country (the newest being our Rocky Mountain chapter which was launched in 2021).  AA and NHPI communities are spread across every state, especially in geographic areas with less philanthropic infrastructure.  As part of our strategic planning process, we are working with our chapter leaders to imagine forward how to leverage our full power as AAPIP.  We are taking time to evaluate how AAPIP can be more effective regionally and nationally while also reflecting a broader spectrum of multi-ethnic strength. We welcome any thoughts you may have. 


AAPIP Team: Please join us in congratulating the team on their recent promotions:


Kyla Alvarez, Senior Manager, Membership & Operations

Brandon Hadi, Director of Programs

Samanta Ratsavong, Senior Coordinator, Membership Programs

Victoria Yam, Senior Executive Assistant 


We are also actively expanding our team, including our search for a new Director of Finance and Administration (website for full listing), so stay tuned for exciting updates in April! 

In the meantime, our small but mighty staff is proud to be this era's AAPIP team and we look forward to being in active partnership with you.


In partnership with AAPI Data, we are excited to announce a survey of organizations serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, that aims to drive further investment in our communities.


Our survey report aims to drive more funding to our communities, with insights on how community organizations are doing today, when compared to before and during the COVID pandemic. 

The survey deadline is Friday, March 31.


All respondents will be entered into a raffle to win one of fifteen prizes worth up to $1000 for nonprofit organizations.


More details in the QR code above or the survey webpage HERE!


Registration to participate in Give In May 2023 is open now through April 19th! Asian Pacific Fund and AAPI Data are excited to host the annual giving campaign to continue awareness to the needs and critical issues of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, while raising funds for organizations in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month from May 1-31, 2023.


Whether you’re new to Give In May or a returning organization, you will need to sign up to participate. For any questions, please email

Register Now! Philanthropy Together's We Give Summit!

Get ready to learn, grow and think big with hundreds of everyday givers this May 2-4, 2023! With more than 2,500 giving circles around the world, We Give Summit is the place for giving circle members, community leaders, philanthropy experts, and social impact newcomers to come together, forge new bonds, strengthen our work towards community change, and celebrate!


Please contact for any questions. 

AAPIP is proud to be part of a growing global movement of collective giving. The 2016 landscape research on giving circles found that there were 1,600 giving circles in the U.S. With so much that has changed in the world since then, we’re excited to participate in the 2023 U.S. Collective Giving Landscape Research Initiative to capture the growth, diversity, and impact of collective giving groups. Make sure your circle is represented in this research study and showcase the diversity of this movement. Please take a few minutes to take the survey!

AAPIP congratulates Alice Y. Hom who starts their journey this month as the new Executive Director for CHANGE Philanthropy! A proud founder of CHANGE Philanthropy, AAPIP welcomes Alice back, now in this new role, having previously served as the Director of AAPIP's Queer Justice Fund, a first of its kind fund in philanthropy. We are excited to work with her in this new era for CHANGE!


Within the rich breadth of our Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian diaspora, we're excited to highlight just a few of so many amazing movement leaders across sectors today who continue the shared work of advancing racial equity and justice.

Image: 8 figures atop a red and gold background wearing traditional Vietnamese, Filipina, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, and Cambodian clothing. Credits to Vietnamese-Chinese visual storyteller Phung Banh. View their website for more of their amazing illustrations! 

AAPI Women Lead

AAPI Women Lead was created based upon personal and political needs for there to be more accurate and diverse representation of AAPI self-identified women and girls in the United States. Co-founders, Dr. Connie Wun and Jenny Wun, both found that there was limited research and support for AAPI women-identified, women, girls and their experiences with various forms of violence. Informed by their extensive experiences as educators, advocates, and researchers within communities of color, Jenny and Dr. Connie established AAPI Women Lead to identify and share AAPI women-identified, women, and girls’ stories of struggle, survival and leadership.


UTOPIA Washington

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA) is a queer and trans people of color-led, grassroots organization born out of the struggles, challenges, strength, and resilience of the Queer and Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI – “Q-T-pie”) community in South King County. We are grateful that UTOPIA could share their work with us as one of the moving performances from our 2022 Power in Solidarity Gathering!


Ryka Aoki

Ryka Aoki is a poet, composer, teacher, and novelist. Her latest novel, Light From Uncommon Stars (Tor Books 2021) was an Alex, SCKA, and Otherwise Award winner, and was also a finalist for the Hugo, Locus, and Ignyte Awards. Ryka was the inaugural performer for the first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride, and has performed in venues including the Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Pride Main Stage, and the National Queer Arts Festival. 


Mai Nguyen

Thanks to YWCA Minneapolis for sharing 20 Asian American and Pacific Islander Women to Know, featuring Mai, Erika, and Zarina!


Mai Nguyen is a farmer and farmer organizer in California. Mai started her career studying atmosphere and soil in Berkley, CA and documenting environmental damage. Her research took place in California, Alaska and several areas of Southeast Asia. She is the co-founder of the Asian American Farmers Alliance, a member of the Farmer Justice Collaborative.


Erika Lee 

Erika Lee is one of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians. Lee has helped to pioneer new ways of merging immigration history with the digital humanities. She launched and oversees the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Immigrant Stories Project which works with recent immigrants and refugees to collect, preserve, and share their experiences with a new multi-lingual digital story-telling website



Zarina is a contemporary Indian American Artist, who is best known for printmaking. She became famous for illustrating her families experience during the Partition. Rather than illustrating violence, she created work that intersected emotion and politics.


Cecilia Chung

Listen to Cecilia's podcast episode with Asian Pacific Voices Radio


Cecilia Chung, a transgender woman living openly with HIV and Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation of Transgender Law Center, is an internationally recognized civil rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, and social justice. Cecilia has been a vocal advocate for transgender women and people living with HIV.


These Portraits Depict the Radiance of Asian Trans Leaders

Published May 20, 2021 by Autostraddle


Many thanks to Jean Pham, non-binary & trans cultural worker, artist and writer, for compiling this list of Asian trans leaders contributing to the movement each day, including Andy Marra, Kai Cheng Thom, and Hoi-Fei Mok.



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!


  • Archstone Foundation

  • Arcus Foundation

  • Asian Pacific Fund

  • Barr Foundation 

  • Blue Shield of CA

  • Democracy Fund

  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

  • First 5 LA

  • Harry & Masie Masto Foundation 

  • Korean American Community Foundation - San Francisco

  • Lumina Foundation

  • Marin Community Foundation

  • Minneapolis Foundation

  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD)

  • New Breath Foundation

  • New York Women's Foundation

  • North Star Fund

  • Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

  • San Francisco Foundation 

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  • Southern California Grantmakers

  • SYL Foundation

  • The Asian American Foundation 

  • The Boston Foundation

  • The California Wellness Foundation

  • The Collins Foundation

  • The Harnisch Foundation

  • The McKnight Foundation

  • The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Walton Family Foundation

  • Weingart Foundation

  • William T. Grant Foundation

  • Women Donors Network

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