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October 2021

Is There Anything Spookier Than White Supremacy?

Dear AAPIPers,


At AAPIP, we understand that white supremacy isn't just the stuff of our Halloween nightmares, it's the reality of the society we find ourselves in. It's a complex systemic maze that we can't just "snap out of", but working together, we can create new tools that shine light into dark corners, guided by principles of love, respect, and humanity. 

That's why we're excited to share this new tool: Collective Good: Recommendations for Philanthropy on Racial Solidarity & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Communities. A collective product of three working groups convened by AAPIP after the tragic ATL shootings, Collective Good is an invitation to deepen racial equity and racial justice strategies in philanthropy. Through tools like these and the power of our collective action, we can awaken from the insidious nightmare of white supremacy and reset our path toward a brighter future that includes us all. 

We hope you enjoy this treat and use this communications toolkit to share it widely


In community,

The AAPIP Team


Collective Good is an invitation to philanthropy to deepen its racial equity and racial justice strategies. This memo outlines 10 key recommendations, to support and sustain community ecosystems, improve data equity, and reset harmful narratives about AANHPI people. 

Immediately following the tragic shooting of eight people - six of them Asian women - on March 16, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia, AAPIP organized more than 700 philanthropic professionals, including 300 CEOs, 60 of whom identify as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander, to sign this Call for Solidarity & Collective Action. Galvanizing this philanthropic energy to expand and sustain resources for AANHPI communities, in service to advancing racial justice for all communities, AAPIP convened three working groups focused on Community Ecosystems, Data Equity, and Narrative Change. 

Collective Good: Recommendations for Philanthropy on Racial Solidarity & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities was born out of this philanthropic organizing effort.

Download Collective Good


Have you reserved your virtual seat to the most fun event in philanthropy? Register while you still can! Registration is open until Friday, October 22nd!

And of course, don't miss AAPIP's pre-summit Intro to Racial Equity Curriculum! The session will be held live on Monday, October 25th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Central Time.

Register for AAPIP's Racial Equity Curriculum


There are also a number of pre-summit FIRE Sessions we highly recommend you tune into!


The 20th Anniversary of 9/11: BAMEMSA Women Activists Leading Resistance and Resilience 
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Panelists include:

  • ​Claire Downing, RISE Together Fund, Program Officer

  • Darakshan Raja, Justice for Muslims Collective, Co-Director
  • Yafa Dias, Arab American Association of New York, Lead Advocacy Organizer

AAPI Communities & Philanthropy: Getting to the Roots and the Real Change Needed
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Panelists include:

  • Ben Wang, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Co-Director
  • Bo Thao-Urabe, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Executive & Network Director
  • Cathy Cha, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, President and CEO
  • Hanh Le, if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility, VP of Strategic Partnerships
  • Sookyung Oh, NAKASEC Virginia, Director

Equitable Data Design, Analysis & Impact
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Panelists include:

  • Tenaja Jordan, CHANGE Philanthropy, Research and Communications Director
  • Lyle Matthew Kan, CHANGE Philanthropy, Senior Fellow
  • Erik Stegman, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Chief Executive Officer
  • Ryan Schlegel, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Research Director
  • Alex Tom, Center for Empowered Politics, Executive Director

What We're Reading

Nonprofit Quarterly

Philanthropic Pledges for Racial Justice Found to be Superficial by Anastasia Reesa Tomkin


PRE's Mismatched: Philanthropy's Reponse to the Call for Racial Justice report revealed that 6% of grantmaking is devoted to racial equity work, and only 1% is devoted to racial justice work.

James B. McClatchy Foundation

Journalism Feasibility Report


This graphic, amongst a few others, highlights the vast diversity of California's Central Valley region, revealing that over 105 languages are spoken by over 70 ethnic groups!

Giving Done Right Podcast


In this episode, CEP’s Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette talk with Jeremy Lin, professional basketball player of ‘Linsanity’ fame, and Patricia Sun, CEO of JLin Marketing. Catch the full podcast or download the transcript!

Thanking AAPIP's supporters

Advancing racial equity will take all of us.

AAPIP appreciates the 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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