About AAPIP

Who We Are

Established in 1990, AAPIP is a justice-minded national philanthropy serving organization that provides unique community spaces for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and allies in philanthropy. We are a membership-based organization that centers equity and justice in philanthropy to move money and build power of AAPI communities for an inclusive democracy.

AAPIP serves as the progressive home to AAPIs in philanthropy at all leadership levels across the sector. Anchored by national staff, AAPIP works across the country through a chapter network as sites of regional activism serving as a bridge between philanthropy and local non-profit organizations. These chapters are centers for place-based advocacy, information sharing, leadership development and network building around AAPI issues and philanthropy.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

AAPIP envisions a just and equitable democracy with the full civic and economic participation of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Our work is guided by five key pillars:

  • Racial Solidarity in Action

    We work at the intersection of anti-Asian and anti-Black racism, unapologetically advocating for Asian American communities while aligned and in allyship with Black and all otherized communities.

  • Ethnic Diversity

    Asian Americans have been racialized as a distinct group across vast cultural and regional differences, hailing from more than 50 countries, speaking over 100 different languages. We recognize and honor both the similarities as well as the complexities within and across the diasporic experiences.

  • Multi-Generational

    We make space for leadership across generations.

  • Abundance

    We approach philanthropy with abundance, driven by the love of humanity.

  • Most Impacted

    We center the lived experiences of people and communities most impacted and closest to ground for impactful change.

Origin Story

Over three decades, AAPIP has grown dramatically from a small, dedicated group of philanthropic professionals to a robust national network of funders and community leaders who are committed to expanding resources, connecting leadership and advocating for change to create a more just and equitable society for AAPI communities. Read our Origin Story.

AAPIs are the fastest growing demographic group in the country. By 2040, one in 10 Americans will be AAPI representing more than 48 different ethnic groups and languages. Whether undercounted in the general population, misunderstood because of model minority stereotypes or deprioritized by funders and policymakers as a community without pressing needs, AAPIs cannot be ignored or rendered invisible.

Read AAPIP's Statement on Racial Equity in Philanthropy
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