AAPIP Voices

AANHPI Philanthropic Leaders Condemn Supreme Court’s Decision to Ban Affirmative Action

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and the undersigned AANHPI philanthropic leaders stand united in our commitment to racial solidarity and educational equity in the wake of the Supreme Court’s appalling decision to effectively ban race conscious admissions policies in higher education. Underpinning the Court’s decision were two cases in which Asian Americans were used as a racialized wedge to roll back decades of progress and ignore the many racial disparities that exist today. As Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI), we reject and resist attempts to use our communities against other communities of color.

The Court’s decision is a significant step backwards and leaves systems with fewer tools to address the real and significant racial inequities that harm Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other communities of color. While the legal and policy ramifications of the Court’s decision will take some time to unfold, the immediate consequence of this decision reinforces a race ignorant approach that pretends two centuries of discrimination and anti-Black racism have been suddenly resolved. We firmly believe that race and racial diversity still matter, and it is in our collective interest to join the fight to expand access to education.

While this decision is disheartening, AAPIP and AANHPI leaders in the philanthropic space remain committed to dismantling systemic barriers to educational equity and advancing a shared anti-racist agenda. We are committed to working with our network of grantmakers and philanthropic organizations, particularly with AAPIP’s sister organizations (ABFE, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Native Americans in Philanthropy), on shared strategies to advocate for policy changes that address the root causes of inequity and invest our resources that acknowledges the shared struggles of Black, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

As AANHPI leaders in philanthropy, we start with this statement, and we pledge to work together toward a new reality where all communities can thrive. As demonstrated time and again, the work towards a more just democracy requires our full participation and we will use this moment to catalyze our communities forward.

In solidarity,


Patricia Eng

President & CEO

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

A. Sparks

Executive Director

Masto Foundation

Alice Hom

Executive Director

CHANGE Philanthropy

Bob Uyeki


San Francisco Foundation

Carol Cheney


The Collins Foundation

Carolyn Wang Kong

President & Executive Director

Asian Pacific Fund

Catherine Chen


East Bay Community Foundation

Cathy Cha

President & CEO

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Debbie I. Chang, MPH

President and CEO

Blue Shield of California Foundation

Debra Nakatomi


The California Wellness Foundation

Don Chen


Surdna Foundation

Eddy Zheng

Founder & President

New Breath Foundation

EunSook Lee

Executive Director

AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

Fatima Angeles

Executive Director

Levi Strauss Foundation

Fo-Ching Lu


SYL Foundation

Geri Yang-Johnson 


The California Wellness Foundation

Jennifer Ching

Executive Director

North Star Fund

Jill Nishi


Philanthropy Northwest

Joe Lumarda 


The California Wellness Foundation

Joy L. Chia

Executive Director

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Kenji Hakuta

Lee L. Jacks Professor emeritus

Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Kyung B. Yoon


Korean American Community Foundation

Lori Villarosa

Executive Director

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)

Mariko Silver

President & CEO

Henry Luce Foundation

Marissa Tirona


Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees

Milton Chen

Former Chair

Panasonic Foundation

Norman Chen


The Asian American Foundation

Paul W. Lee


Asian Community Fund

Philip Li

President & CEO

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Phyllis M. Wise

Former Chancellor

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Priscilla Enriquez


The James B. McClatchy Foundation

Rajasvini Bhansali

Executive Director

Solidaire Network

Raymond Colmenar


Akonadi Foundation

Reshma Shamasunder

Executive Director

Asian American Futures

Rhea Suh

President & CEO

Marin Community Foundation

Richard Woo

Retired Foundation CEO 

AAPIP Member

Serena Moy

Executive Director

Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation

Sue Van

President & CEO

Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Surina Khan

CEO Emeritus & Advisor

Women’s Foundation of California

Taryn Higashi

Executive Director

Unbound Philanthropy

Timothy HyoJun Kim

Executive Director

Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco

Unmi Song


Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Vivian Tseng


Foundation for Child Development

*Organizations listed for identification purposes only

List in formation.