AAPIP Voices

Asian American and Pacific Islander People Working in Philanthropy


AAPIP is excited to release a new infographic, in collaboration with CHANGE Philanthropy, that draws on the findings of the 2018 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Survey to explore Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people in philanthropy.

As the infographic notes, AAPI people are the fastest growing demographic in the United States and account for nearly 9 percent of people working in philanthropy. However, they account for less than 4 percent of board members in philanthropy.

Yet there is greater representation of AAPI people among millennials in philanthropy. Whereas nearly 9 percent of people in philanthropy identify as AAPI, nearly 14 percent of millennials in philanthropy identify as AAPI.

The infographic also notes that despite AAPIP’s long history of advancing LGBTQ issues, AAPI people in philanthropy were the most likely to decline to answer a question about their sexual orientation. The 2018 DAPP survey found 4.8 percent of AAPI people declined to answer the question about sexual orientation, compared with 3.1 percent of the other survey respondents. This correlates with an even more alarming finding. Only 32 percent of LGBTQ POC in philanthopy reported that they were out to all or most of their colleagues, compared with 50 percent of white LGBTQ people in philanthropy. While across the board the majority of LGBTQ people in philanthropy are in the closet.

Click here to explore the full infographic 

About the Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Survey:

The DAPP survey aims to help the philanthropic community better understand its workforce and leadership. The survey is unique in soliciting anonymous self-reporting from individuals on the staff and board of participating foundations, helping grantmakers to accurately assess the culture and climate of their institutions.

The 2018 DAPP survey saw participation from 947 individuals in philanthropy across 36 foundations. Thirty-four percent of individuals who received the survey responded, the highest response rate of any such survey SMU DataArts conducted up to that point. As a result, with a 99.9 percent confidence level, the findings are representative of the composition of the 36 participating foundations.

The 2018 DAPP Survey was undertaken by Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2018 and resulted in The Philanthropic Closet: LGBTQ People in Philanthropy and the 2018 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report: A Tale of Two Sectors. A 2020 DAPP Survey is being launched by CHANGE Philanthropy in December 2020.

Interested in having your institution participate in the upcoming 2020 DAPP Survey?