2016 National Network Convening & Annual Meeting

2016 Convening branding

Friday, June 10, 2016 | 10 AM – 6 PM
Convene NYC Times Square
810 Seventh Avenue (52nd and 53rd), New York City
@aapip | #aapip2016

Mark your calendars for a special national convening of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) in New York City on June 10, 2016.

This all-day meeting will bring together a wide range of funders and stakeholders from the philanthropic sector to network, learn about AAPIP’s new strategic directions, engage in relevant program sessions and celebrate our successful 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign.

Staff and directors of AAPIP member foundations, chapter leaders, individual donors and community giving circle members, and nonprofit leaders interested in AAPI community issues and needs are welcomed to attend. Registrants can also participate in optional pre-conference Dine-Arounds and panels, hosted by our New York Chapter leaders and philanthropic partners.

Join us! Together we are building our philanthropy.

Program Highlights

  • “From Policy to Practice: Unpacking AAPIs and the Model Minority Myth” (An AAPIP NY Chapter event)
  • Pre-Convening Dine Arounds (optional)
  • “Leadership Matters: A Breakfast Conversation with Philip Li” (An AAPIP NY Chapter event)
  • Presentation of 2016 Board Officers and Board Members
  • AAPIP Strategic Plan, 2017-2021
  • Breakout Sessions: Giving Circles: Innovative Partnerships in Community PhilanthropyGiving Circles are showing great promise as a community investment strategy to complement the work of traditional philanthropy. At the conclusion of AAPIP’s 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign, partners in this movement reflect on what they are learning and the future potential for this form of community philanthropy.Moderator: Pat Eng (New York Women’s Foundation)
    Speakers: Jason Franklin (Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy), Paul Ocampo (Lacuna Giving Circle), Athan Lindsay (Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro)
  • Breakout Sessions: Islamophobia: How to Mobilize Resources & Action in a Climate of Hate & DivisionFifteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, in a politically-charged and hostile climate, the violence and hatred experienced by the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in the U.S. has worsened as a result of increased violence domestically and abroad in addition to hateful political rhetoric. A distinguished panel of philanthropic leaders discuss how the current political climate and rhetoric are leading to a resurgence of Islamophobia, and what philanthropy can do about it.Speakers: Kashif Shaikh (Robert R. McCormick Foundation & The Pillars Fund), Shawn Morehead (The New York Community Trust), Amardeep Singh (Open Society Foundations)
  • Breakout Sessions: Working at New Intersections for Social Justice and Community ChangeWhat are the most promising strategies being used by foundations to address AAPI social justice issues and community needs? Experienced national and regional grantmakers will discuss how funding innovation, coalitions and cross-program work are promising strategies to advance social justice and community change, and reveal what’s working and what they’re learning.Moderator: Diane Espaldon (Diane V. Espaldon Strategic Consulting)
    Speakers: Taryn Higashi (Unbound Philanthropy), Judilee Reed (Surdna Foundation)
  • Closing Plenary
  • National Giving Circle Campaign ReceptionJoin us in raising our glasses to toast the success of AAPIP’s 5-Year National Giving Circle Campaign. Mix and mingle with representatives from AAPIP’s network of 50 giving circles from around the nation that have collectively raised and given out over $2.6 million to over 500 organizations and projects supporting the AAHNPI community.

Hotel Information

2016 National Network Convening attendees are encouraged to stay at our designated conference hotel:

Park Central Hotel New York
870 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 707-5061
In-house Reservation Center: (212) 247-8000


  • Wells Fargo
  • W.K. Kellog Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

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Event Recap

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