President's Message: Ringing in the New Year

January 12, 2017

Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,

As we ring in the New Year, everyone at AAPIP is keenly aware that change is upon us. To begin with, we ended 2016 with an office move that took us from Uptown Oakland to City Center, something that the staff accomplished just before the holidays. While this was no small feat given the time of year, I’m pleased to report that we are now settled into our new digs at the historic Rotunda Building and are neighbors to a number of nonprofit organizations and funding colleagues who have migrated, as well, to this exciting area of downtown Oakland. Please make note that effective January 1st, our new address is:

AAPIP
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 256
Oakland, CA 94612

The start of 2017 also marked other important milestones. In 2016 we celebrated the official conclusion of our five-year National Giving Circle Campaign with a major evaluation on the work of the 51 AAPIP giving circles who raised $2.7 million to support more than 500 AAPI community based organizations and causes nationally. With that accomplishment in hand, we said goodbye to Noelle Ito in her capacity as Vice President, Programs. Noelle led the team responsible for completing our giving circle initiative but I’m happy to report that beginning this month, she will begin consulting with AAPIP in her new capacity as Director, Special Projects.

Noelle will serve as the lead organizer of our 2017 National Network Convening & Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, which also happens to be her home base. Suffice to say we are thrilled that she is continuing to play an important role as part of the AAPIP family. If you haven’t already done so, please save the date for our 2017 convening, which will be held on May 19-20, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown.

Looking ahead to 2017 we are also excited about other activities we’ll be undertaking to advance our mission, particularly in the strategic planning work that is just underway with our 10 regional Chapters, the next phase of “2.0 giving circle” development, and the continued expansion of our AAPI philanthropic membership and action networks. We look forward to keeping you posted in the months ahead!

With gratitude and best wishes,

Cora Mirikitani
President & CEO