April 2022

Giving Circles Grant Over $485K!

Dear AAPIPers,


Before we dive into this month's issue of AAPIP Connect, we'd like to take a moment to recognize one year since the tragic mass shooting of 8 people, including 4 from the Sikh community, in Indianapolis on April 15th, 2021. On April 23, the Sikh Coalition will sponsor eight trees at Arsenal Park (1201 E 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205) that will be planted in honor of the eight individuals killed in the shooting. If you're interested in attending, please register here. There will also be a funder briefing, Sikh Civics: A Funder Briefing with Sikh Coalition & Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), on June 2nd co-hosted by AAPIP, Proteus Fund, and The Asian American Foundation - register here!


In this most recently completed fiscal year, AAPIP's support of $80,000 to giving circles was leveraged to provide at least $485,000 for 102 community groups throughout the country. AAPIP is proud to have supported these giving circles to mobilize resources for anti-Asian climate, anti-Black racism, and the needs of impacted communities in this past year of the pandemic. There are a number of exciting giving circle events on the horizon - be sure to check out the Hella Heart Oakland and We Give Summit events below!


Are you a philanthropic professional in New York City? The AAPIP-NY Chapter is launching their Peer Coaching Program! To learn more about the program and register, complete this form by May 4th.  


Lastly, please join us in giving a warm welcome to AAPIP's new Communications Director, Edgar Hopida! Edgar brings over 16 years of communications experience in social justice nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning. His previous work included ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, San Diego City College, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Islamic Society of North America, and the San Diego Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Read more about Edgar.


In community,

The AAPIP Team

Giving Circles Flex

When the pandemic started, AAPIP created the Covid-19 Response Fund to support local communities through our Giving Circles network. In this most recently completed fiscal year, AAPIP's support of $80,000 to giving circles was leveraged to provide at least $485,000 for 102 community groups throughout the country. AAPIP is proud to have supported these giving circles to mobilize resources for anti-Asian climate, anti-Black racism, and the needs of impacted communities in this past year of the pandemic.


"We're appreciative of the funds from AAPIP. The grants helped us exceed our fundraising goals and we were able to support two other organizations in solidarity work." - Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle - Alice Y. Hom


"This was the largest grantmaking year in our nearly two-decade history for the Chicago Asian Giving Circle. AAPIP was critical in helping to both increase funds to support organizing and healing work led by APIs in Chicago through a cross-struggle framework and for us to leverage your gift to fundraise further." - Asian Giving Circle - Amanda Hwu


"We are pleased to have been able to focus over the last two giving cycles on work to combat anti-Asian violence and to confront and address anti-Black racism in our own communities and at large. We are also focused on ensuring significant funds go to PI (Pacific Islander) community-focused work." - APIs Rise Fund - Rau Mona Tawatao


AAPIP thanks the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Momentum Fund of United Philanthropy Forum, and Genentech for their generous support of AAPIP's Giving Circle effort.

Power in Solidarity is less than 70 days away and we are grateful for the overwhelming support from our sponsors to date, who are making this first-of-its-kind philanthropic gathering possible.


It is with our sincerest gratitude, that we are proud to recognize this amazing group of sponsors who believe in our commitment to transformative solidarity, the power in the spirit of generosity, and the unanticipated and extraordinary rewards of gathering together. For more information about Power in Solidarity, please visit our website at powerinsolidarity.org.


Early bird rates for Power in Solidarity just ended, but tickets are still available! Register now!

Register for Power in Solidarity

Deadline to Register: May 4, 2022

The pandemic, rising anti-Asian racism, and decades of under-resourcing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NH/PI) communities has left many of us feeling isolated and alone. Now more than ever, being and feeling connected to each other is imperative to our ability to thrive and be effective accomplices in collective liberation. The goal of AAPIP-NY’s peer coaching pilot is to build a supportive, vibrant, and collaborative community that reminds each participant that in both your professional and personal life, we have networks of care and support.

Open to AAs and NH/PIs in philanthropy (working in any role at a foundation, re-granting organization, or philanthropic advising institution), this peer coaching pilot will bring participants together to develop personal/professional skills to learn, grow, and increase support of AAs and NH/PIs. Unlike traditional mentoring/coaching, peer coaching acknowledges that everyone has wisdom to share and removes some barriers created by institutional hierarchies and power dynamics. This allows participants to build trust, have candid conversations, and more meaningful reflections.

Register for AAPIP-NY Peer Coaching Program

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



CircleUp San Francisco

Monday, May 2
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
717 Battery Street

Join the Lacuna Giving Circle who is will be co-hosting a Circle Up event bringing giving circles in the Bay Area together for social hour at the Battery in San Francisco on Monday, May 2. This Circle Up event will be a lead up to Philanthropy Together's We Give Summit.

Register for CircleUp San Francisco

Building Solidarity: Asian Americans with Black and Indigenous Lives @We Give Summit

Thursday, May 12
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM EDT

This moment in our history offers a unique opening to transform conversations about how and where Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) exist within the continuum of racial reckoning in the United States. In this panel discussion, Asian American giving circle leaders will discuss the learning, practices, and dynamics of solidarity work with Black and Indigenous communities.



  • Suk Rhee (Moderator) Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, VP, Programs
  • Cynthia Yongvang Hmong Impact Giving Network (HIGN), Co-Founder & Chair
  • Sabrina Wu LUNAR, Co-Director and Co-Founder
  • Jason Jong APIs Rise Fund, Member
Register for Building Solidarity

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.

May 19th! Save the Date!

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




Advancing Justice Affiliation Redistributes Funds to Partner Organizations

Published March 29, 2022 in Asian Americans Advancing Justice blog


Solidarity and Community as a Healing Balm in Atlanta

Published March 21, 2022 in Building Movement Project blog


We Are Our Stories: Being Asian and Asian American in Kalamazoo

Published March 16, 2022 by Kalamazoo Public Library



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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.  


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