(Webinar) Seeking to Soar: A Call for Collective Action

Mon, April 19, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am

e invite you to participate in AAPIP’s upcoming webinar, Seeking to Soar: A Call for Collective Action, on Monday, April 19th from 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT. 

The recent anti-Asian attacks are the latest in the U.S.’s long history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and gendered violence. In the midst of heightened violence, AAPIP released both a new report on foundation funding for AAPI communities, Seeking to Soar, and a Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention. The report revealed that foundation funding designated to AAPI communities makes up just 0.20% of total grantmaking dollars; in other words, AAPI communities receive 20 cents per $100 awarded by foundations. With over 700 philanthropic professionals and allies signing AAPIP’s Call for Solidarity and Collective Action, AAPIP seeks to mobilize the philanthropic sector to develop sustained strategies for expanded support of AAPIs and all historically underserved communities of color in service of an inclusive democracy.

Seeking to Soar: A Call for Collective Action will include:

  • A closer look at AAPIP’s new report, Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for AAPI Communities, highlighting key findings and recommendations
  • A CEO-level panel discussion on how philanthropy can support AAPI communities for the long-term featuring:

    Aleyamma Mathew
    , Executive Director, Collective Future Fund
    James Head, President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation
    Mariko Silver, President & CEO, Henry Luce Foundation

We will be reserving seats for this webinar for professionals in grantmaking institutions or philanthropy-serving organizations only. To RSVP, please use this link - Zoom log-in details will be sent thereafter.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation about supporting AAPI communities alongside all communities of color toward an inclusive democracy.



CHANGE Philanthropy
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP)
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
Grantmakers for Education
Hispanics In Philanthropy (HIP)
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG)
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG)
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
Southeastern Council on Foundations (SECF)
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Women’s Funding Network (WFN)

Speaker Bios:

Aleyamma Mathew:

Aleyamma Mathew is a nationally known expert on the intersection of gender and economic justice. With over 20 years of experience in the philanthropic and advocacy sectors at the local, state, and national levels, she has led advocacy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and campaigns for economic policies to protect women’s rights, safety, and economic security, with a focus on women of color, immigrant and refugee women, and low-wage women workers. Aleyamma is currently the executive director of Collective Future Fund (CFF), an organization that brings together social justice movements, survivors, and donors to heal, resource, and mobilize to shape a collective future free from sexual harassment and violence. With a priority on supporting and sustaining efforts that are led by survivors and women of color, the Fund envisions a world in which all women and girls––cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming––can live, learn, and work in safety and dignity. Born in Kerala, South India, Aleyamma is based in Philadelphia where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Arts Initiative. She is an alumni of the East West Center’s Asian Pacific American Leadership Program and received a Fulbright Award to study Malayalam in Kerala. 

James Head:

James W. Head is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the East Bay Community Foundation. Before coming to the Foundation in 2014, he served for 10 years as Vice President for Programs at The San Francisco Foundation, where he spearheaded initiatives on race, equity, poverty, housing, economic development, and youth development. James has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management and technical assistance; community and economic development; and public interest and civil rights law. Prior to joining The San Francisco Foundation, he was president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years. Additionally, he served as legal counsel of the California Community Economic Development Association and has been a member of numerous foundation advisory boards, including the Open Society Foundation of New York and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation of Michigan. James served as a Commissioner on the Port Authority of Oakland from 2008 through 2015; leading the Commission as President from 2010 to 2011. James holds a juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, University of California at San Francisco’s Hastings School of Law, and University of Santa Clara’s School of Law. James has lived in Oakland with his wife, Bernida Reagan, for more than 25 years.
Mariko Silver:
Dr. Mariko Silver is the president and CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation. She was previously the president of Bennington College. During the Obama administration, she served for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Policy. Dr. Silver also served for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the Policy Advisor for Economic Development, Innovation, and Higher Education. Prior to her government service, Dr. Silver was instrumental in the transformation and expansion of Arizona State University, leading teams in economic development policy and metrics, science, technology and innovation policy, state K-12 and higher education policy, sustainability science, and global health. Dr. Silver is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from UCLA; MSc, Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex (UK) and B.A., History from Yale University.