July 2022

Welcoming Our New AAPIP Board Members

We are pleased to announce three new board members who began their term in July 2022:

  • James Head, Social Justice Philanthropic and Legal Senior Consultant
  • Michelle Ka'uhane, Senior Vice President, Community Grants and Initiatives, Hawaii Community Foundation and WHIAANHPI Commissioner
  • Rochelle Witharana, Chief Financial Officer, The California Wellness Foundation

We also would like to thank both of our outgoing board members Manami Kano (board secretary), Philanthropy Consultant, Kano Advising and Nelson Louis, Executive Officer, Ong Family Foundation for their service and commitment to AAPIP’s mission and work.



"Congratulations on a really wonderful conference!  It was such a vibrant, interesting, and fun conference.  I loved the solidarity theme, and got some really useful information from a couple of the sessions I attended. Also kudos on incorporating so much art and culture, which added such depth to the experience. Thanks for all your work and advocacy on behalf of our communities....Coming to AAPIP events always feels like coming home, and this was a much-needed homecoming."  

                                                                                                                           - Power in Solidarity Attendee 


Thank you to those of you who joined us in-person and virtually for the Power in Solidarity gathering. Over 500 people came together, redefining power in the spirit of generosity and celebrating the extraordinary rewards of cross-racial solidarity. It was an exciting few days of learning, cultural performances, networking, giving back and having fun.  We thank our co-organizers Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) for partnering with us in this endeavor. We hope everyone enjoyed their time with us and please stay tuned for more to come in the future.






Heal. Unite. Act. Oak Creek 10th Anniversary Remembrance

August 4-7, 2022


The Oak Creek Sikh community will be hosting a series of in-person events to commemorate the anniversary, including the 10th Annual Oak Creek Sikh Memorial Anniversary Candlelight Remembrance Vigil on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 6:00 PM CT. This event is open to the public.


Additional events include: 

  • Healing from Hate and Protecting Places of Worship Forum on Thursday, August 4th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM CT at Oak Creek City Hall

  • A Chardi Kala Community Event on Saturday, August 6th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CT (Includes Workshops) at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

  • Akhand Path (prayers) and Kirtan on Sunday, August 7th, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM CT at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

These events are free and all are welcome to attend. All commemorative in-person services around the Oak Creek 10-year anniversary are being led by the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, with additional programming, marketing and community engagement support from SALDEF, the Sikh Coalition, and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. 


Register for Oak Creek 10th Anniversary Remembrance Events



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Lastly, we are sad to announce that Suk Rhee, Vice President of Programs, Maya Iwata, Vice President of Partnerships, and Lori Kodama, Chief Operating Officer have transitioned from their positions.  We thank them for their many contributions to AAPIP and wish them the best on their future endeavors. We are already taking steps to ensure the continuity of work, including temporary assistance, a plan for new staffing, and support for our team. These next several weeks are a time for further reflection as well as recharging our energy for the exciting work ahead to advance our efforts in service of AAPIP’s mission and vision.  


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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.  


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