April 2023

April Showers and Cherry Blossom Flowers


Dear AAPIPers,


Spring is blooming here at AAPIP and throughout the philanthrosphere! For all who celebrate, we wish folks a renewing Thai, Lao, Cambodian New Year and a Happy Eid al-Fitr! 


In March, our team immersed in a visit to Angel Island, the center of our upcoming June National Network Convening and Annual Meeting. An incredibly grounding experience, we're excited to soon welcome our network to a landmark piece of AANHPI history to greater inform a future of philanthropic funding with the fullness of our community's stories. 


Last month also saw the circulation of the AA and NHPI Nonprofit Survey. Thank you to everyone who participated in completing this project! With 300+ responses, we're looking forward to unveiling brief findings at our June Convening. 


In April and onward, we've got a host of upcoming AAPIP and community updates as we enter warmer days ahead! Keep scrolling for more. 




 Photo image: Five AAPIP staff pose in front of the historical Angel Island bell and boat docks.



We are excited to announce Courtney Chappell as AAPIP’s Vice President of Membership Programs! Courtney comes to us after completing consultancies with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) and with Philanthropy Northwest. She has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Policy & Programs Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum where she spearheaded the organization’s reproductive justice program and developed an intersectional action.  During the Obama administration, Courtney served as Deputy Director at WHIAANHPI, creating a regional interagency working group that brought the federal government to the farthest corners of the country, linking local AA and NH/PI communities with federal services and programs. Courtney is passionate about using multiple strategies to promote racial and social justice. 


She will begin this new role on June 5th, but in the meantime, please join us in welcoming Courtney!


Tickets to AAPIP's 2023 Annual Meeting and Network Convening are sold out as we have reached our maximum capacity! Thank you to the community members nationwide who have helped us reach a full Bay Area gathering. If you were unable to grab your ticket to our convening and are still interested, we have openings on our waiting list via the eventbrite


Thank you to our Bay Area Host Committee!


Carolyn Wang Kong, Asian Pacific Fund

Hanh Cao Yu, The California Endowment

James Head, AAPIP Board Member

Jonathan Tran, Activate CA, Asian American Futures

Paul Ocampo, AAPIP SF Co-Chair, AA AJ/Asian Law Caucus

Peggy Saika, Former AAPIP President

Phuong Quach, NPAG

Sally Carlson, Carlson Beck 


Thank you to our Convening Sponsors for your support!







List of sponsors is currently in formation.


Meet the Funders is a collaboration between APCF and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – Los Angeles (AAPIP-LA) to help connect API nonprofits with new funding sources and demystify the funding process.

Join us as we learn from The Ahmanson Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation and Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation. 

Register for Meet the Funders here

Register for Diversity in Data today


AAPIP is partnering with Amplify AAPI, a collective effort between NORC at the University of Chicago and AARP, to showcase the first AANHPI focused panel for survey research!


Kickoff AANHPI Heritage Month with us on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 1pm PT / 4pm ET to better understand how this groundbreaking AANHPI focused panel for survey research will improve resources, programs, and policies intended to meet the diverse needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Please join the White House and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2023 for a community-wide celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


This historic forum on AA and NHPI communities in the heart of our nation's capital will feature Biden-Harris Administration officials, groundbreaking artists, and trailblazers.


Individual registration is required. To attend in-person or virtually, RSVP using this Eventbrite form


Please note that registration does not guarantee in-person admission as space is limited. You will receive a final confirmation closer to the event.


Registration to participate in Give In May 2023 ends today April 19th! Asian Pacific Fund and AAPI Data 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.


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 GiveInMay@asianpacificfund.org.

Register Now! Philanthropy Together's We Give Summit! PLUS AANHPI Networking Session on May 2nd 

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 WeGiveSummit@PhilanthropyTogether.org for any questions. 

Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 31st!


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!


Philanthropists and Nonprofits Should Think Differently About Scale

Published April 18, 2023 by The Center for Effective Philanthropy


Seven Questions for Henry Luce Foundation President and CEO Mariko Silver

Published April 6, 2023 by Inside Philanthropy


More Foundations are Examining the Ethics of Where Their Money Came From - and Changing Their Grantmaking 

Published March 30, 2023 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy


At White House, Asian American Liaison Juggles Celebrations and Crises

Published March 13, 2023 by The New York Times



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. 


  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • APIA Vote
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Equal Measure
  • Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Katz Amsterdam Foundation
  • Liberty Hill Foundation
  • NEO Philanthropy
  • Satterberg Foundation
  • The Annenberg Foundation
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • The William Penn Foundation
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
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