Who We Are

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society.

Our core members include staff and trustees of foundations and other grantmaking entities as well as individual donors and philanthropy-serving professionals.  In addition, AAPIP supports 10 regional chapters around the country in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.  These chapters are centers for place-based advocacy, information sharing, leadership development and network building around AAPI issues and philanthropy.

AAPIP’s programs include a range of convening, research and advocacy, community philanthropy/Giving Circles and other incubation projects.  These programs are designed to engage AAPI communities and philanthropy to address unmet needs, serve as a resource for and about AAPI communities, support informed, grassroots giving within and to AAPI communities and
 explore new ideas and approaches for social justice philanthropy.


AAPIP believes that philanthropy has a responsibility and role in fostering a thriving civil society by meeting urgent needs and investing in our collective future.  Since our founding in 1990, we have worked with philanthropic and community leaders to create greater knowledge, opportunity, solutions, and funding for Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AAPI communities are deeply affected by systemic racial discrimination and inequity in society at large, so we have always approached our work with a commitment to expanding equity and social justice and will continue to do so.

While the AAPI population in America includes communities facing great adversity, it also encompasses communities with significant wealth, assets and access to social and economic capital.  We believe that AAPI philanthropic and community leaders have the power and opportunity to shape new and traditional philanthropy that addresses the root causes of social injustice and that is informed, inclusive, and effective in addressing AAPI issues. We will continue our commitment to advancing and expanding philanthropy that supports the full participation of AAPI communities in the civic, economic, and political life of our country. 


Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
expands and mobilizes resources for AAPI communities
to build a more just and equitable society.


AAPIP envisions a just and equitable democracy with the full civic and economic participation of Asian American/Pacific Islanders.

We believe that:

  • Democracy thrives when we leverage individual action for collective good.
  • Lasting change is achieved by strengthening and empowering those who are most impacted.
  • Philanthropy is most effective when it is equitable and inclusive – driven by the assets and leadership of our diverse communities.