January 2022

Power in Solidarity Registration Opening Soon!

Dear AAPIPers,


We welcome you back to this new year, and for those who observe it, the upcoming Lunar New Year! We hope and encourage you all to take great care of yourselves and each other whle we to continue to face these enduring challenges and fight for racial justice in philanthropy. AAPIP's President and CEO, Pat Eng, shares with us this grounding personal story we hope you read.


Rather than including a quote from the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we recommend reading this article written by Vu Le to reflect and take action aligned with the spirit of his teachings and activism.


A beacon of light for AAPIP is organizing Power in Solidarity: A Philanthropic Gathering With AAPIP and NAP coming June 26-29, 2022! We are very excited to host this philanthropic gathering with our partner, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP). Registration will open soon - stay tuned for the latest updates!


Make sure to check out the exciting upcoming events and hot job posts below!


Lastly, are you looking for a way to get more involved with AAPIP? Here are a couple of opportunities to do just that.


In community,

The AAPIP Team




Power in Solidarity:
A Philanthropic Gathering With AAPIP and NAP

June 26-29, 2022

Seattle, Washington


Over 30 years ago, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native American professionals in philanthropy came together to build a new vision for power in the sector. From this vision, our organizations were born: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP).


In honor of our shared origin story, AAPIP and NAP are hosting a gathering of our relatives and relations in the field. Together, we will celebrate the leadership of our peoples and cultures in the sector, develop strategies to build power and increase resources in our communities, and most importantly—have fun! 


We invite you to join us in Seattle, Washington on June 26–29!


Registration will open soon - stay tuned!

Stay tuned for updates on Power in Solidarity



A Last Breath Tribute

Written by Pat Eng
January 19, 2022

Every story has a beginning and an end, but for me, I like to think that the end of a story begins a new one. 


This past Friday (1/14) as we began the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, a family member, William, passed away unexpectedly. As he gasped for air in those last moments, he didn’t want anyone to worry about him. Incarcerated at the age of 17 (prosecuted and sentenced as an adult), he spent the majority of his adult life within prison walls until he was released at the age of 50. I remember those years of visiting him at various prisons throughout the state, alongside a sea of families of color (including other Asian Americans). We used careful tones to address the exclusively white officers who might deny our visitation and waited patiently through a multi-staged exiting process which included prisoner counts. It was a system designed to punish and degrade inmates as well as those who came to visit. 


For those who think that criminal justice is not an issue for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders, this may come as a surprise. But my purpose at this moment isn’t to process this particular issue which deserves a much deeper look than what this brief written piece allows for.

Read the full tribute here



Building a Reflective Democracy With the Asian American Power Network

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
2 pm PT / 5 pm ET

The recently established Asian American Power Network (AAPN) is hosting this funder briefing to share more about:

  • Building progressive political power for the AAPI community through greater representation and beyond
  • Winning meaningful changes for their local communities
  • Filling holes in c4 infrastructure

Guest speakers include: 

This is a nonpartisan program and no particular bill, official, candidate or political party is affiliated or endorsed by the platform. To learn more, refer to Bolder Advocacy’s guide: Mays and May Nots: 501(c)(3)/501(c)(4) Funder Groups. If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Snyder at kathryn@wdnaction.org.

Register here

2022 Philanthropy and Social Movements Funder Lab

Deadline to apply: Monday, January 31, 2022

Recognizing the increased awareness within philanthropy of the role and importance of social change movements in today’s society, Building Movement Project (BMP), with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, invites professionals from grantmaking institutions to join the Philanthropy and Social Movements Funder Lab between February and June of 2022.


The lab is an opportunity for philanthropic professionals to learn more about contemporary social movements and the needs of movement leaders while exploring approaches to initiate and sustain investments in social movements at their philanthropic institutions. We invite professionals from a range of grantmaking institutions to participate, from small family foundations and donor-advised collaboratives to corporate and well-established national foundations. The lab will take place on the second Tuesday of each month between March and June of 2022. Please complete this information form if you are interested in participating in the lab by January 31, 2022. We have 15-20 slots available and plan to reach out to participants in early February.  For more information, please contact Deepa Iyer, BMP’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, at diyer@buildingmovement.org.

Complete interest form



Advancing racial equity will take all of us.


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


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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