AAPIP Voices

2011 AAPIP National Convening


Severe income inequality? An ever-widening gap between the nation’s wealthiest and it’s least, especially among immigrant and refugee communities? Is today’s notion of sacrifice, really ‘shared’? Is this any way to build and sustain a democracy?

And what is philanthropy doing to build the capacity of our communities to ask these questions and build solutions in today’s economy?

On September 17, AAPIP’s national network of giving circle leaders and donors, members, Board of Directors, regional chapter leadership, and leading thinkers in philanthropy and in our communities, will convene in San Francisco for Philanthropy and The Economy: Prioritizing Communities, Not Sacrificing Democracy, to get to the heart of these questions. The program will take a hard look at the role that individual and institutional philanthropy can and should play in the challenges to our democracy given today’s economy.

The program includes a special welcome from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, followed by plenary presentations from Eugene Cho, Executive Director and Co-Founder of One Day’s Wages, and Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center and Trustee of The New World Foundation.  Kent will also introduce DREAM student activists who are part of a national campaign fighting for a path to citizenship for undocumented students.

Stay tuned to the AAPIP blog for more coverage of the program following the September 17 plenary, or contact Cynthia Choi, Senior Director, Philanthropic Advocacy, at  for more information or to attend.