2018 National Network Convening—AAPI Community and Philanthropy

2018 Convening branding

Join us in San Francisco on April 27-28, 2018 for AAPIP’s National Network Convening & Annual Meeting on the theme of “AAPI Community + Philanthropy: Partnerships in Action for Social Change.” This one-and-a-half day meeting will bring together more than 100 diverse foundation staff and trustees, individual donors, philanthropic professionals and community leaders from across the United States to network, hear from nationally recognized field experts and participate in field learning tours around the San Francisco Bay Area highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) social issues, advocacy, and actions being led by philanthropic and community leaders and innovators working in partnership.

Participants will leave with new relationships, strategies, shared knowledge and inspiration for transformative philanthropy that expands and mobilizes resources for AAPI communities.

Event Sponsors and Supporters

  • The Annia E. Casey Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation

Program Highlights

  • Opening Plenary: Powerful Partnerships for Equity and Change
  • Learning Tours: AAPI Crimmigration (Criminal Justice Reform + Immigration)
  • Learning Tours: AAPI Civic Empowerment
  • Learning Tours: AAPI Community Redevelopment
  • Workshop Session: Talk Story: Personal Stroyteling for Resilience, Resistance, and Transformation
  • Networking Reception with Community Leaders
  • Plenary Keynote and Call to Action: If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?
  • AAPIP Annual Business Meeting

Featured Plenary Speakers

  • Kiran Ahuja
  • Cathy Cha
  • Adrian Schurr
  • Luz A. Vega-Marquis
  • Bob Uyeki

Field Learning Tours & Special Workshop Session

For the first time, the AAPIP National Network Convening will feature site visits and deeper field immersions to share learning and insights about exemplary funder and community partnerships to advance justice and racial equity for AAPI communities. Registrants may also sign up for a special in-hotel workshop designed for AAPI philanthropic peers and colleagues to explore personal storytelling skills and practices that can inspire and fuel their work as funders and advocates promoting social justice for AAPI communities.

All convening attendees will be asked to select program activities from the list below in order of priority when registering. We will try to accommodate your choice on a first come, first served basis until each program is fully booked.

  • Tour 1 | Crimmigration: AAPIs at the Intersection of Immigrant Justice and Criminal Justice Reform. This session will include visits to Asian Law Caucus in SF Chinatown and the San Francisco Immigration Court. Since 2000, the population of AAPI incarcerated people has quadrupled. The criminalization of AAPIs, especially Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander youth, has increased, as have immigration-related deportation and detention. How do mass incarceration and criminalization affect AAPIs? How are funders partnering with AAPI communities using an intersectional lens? Tour Partners (partial list): Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Lacuna Giving Circle
  • Tour 2 | Civic Empowerment: Expanding the Toolkit to Build AAPI Movement and Political Power. AAPIs are the fastest growing demographic. How does that translate into civic power? What does it take for AAPI grassroots community-based groups to build political power? How and why do civic empowerment groups use both 501c3 and 501c4 strategies? What is the role of funders in supporting these multi-pronged strategies? This session will include visits organized by San Francisco-based and Oakland-based community organizations. Tour Partners (partial list): AAPIs for Civic Empowerment, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Chinese Progressive Association, Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • Tour 3 | AAPI Community Redevelopment: The Search for Racial Justice and Cultural Equity in Historic San Francisco Neighborhoods. This session will provide an in depth look at two historic neighborhoods in San Francisco – Chinatown and the South of Market (SOMA) Filipino Cultural Heritage District – through the eyes of government planners, business and nonprofit funders and community activists. How have these community partnerships worked, and what role can foundations play to help advance place-based justice and equity for historic and emerging communities of color? Tour Partners (partial list): SOMA Pilipinas, Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Special Workshop | Talk Story: Personal Storytelling for Resilience, Resistance, and Transformation. A special workshop led by the father and daughter team of Richard Woo (CEO, The Russell Family Foundation) and Mei Yook Woo (Seattle food justice advocate) will explore stories that can inspire and guide AAPIs in philanthropy to be more effective advocates for people, places, and communities. Working in small groups, facilitators will share storytelling principles, skills, and practices learned from working in community-building and philanthropy. Registration is limited to 20 people.

Community Program Partners (partial list)

  • AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Asian Law Caucus)
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Chinese Progressive Association
  • Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • Lacuna
  • SOMA Pilipinas

Convening Location & Hotel Information

Omni San Francisco Hotel | 500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94101

Convening Advisors (partial list)

  • Meenakshi Abbi
  • Angelica Cabande
  • Nancy Chan
  • Erika Gee
  • Dana Kawaoka-Chen
  • Timmy Lu
  • Paul Ocampo
  • Paul Osaki
  • Elizabeth Posey
  • Raquel Redondiez
  • April Suwalsky
  • Bernadette Sy