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Outgoing Board Chair Danielle M. Reyes on Building Democratic Philanthropy


How AAPIP is Building Democratic Philanthropy

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Danielle M. Reyes, Senior Program Officer at The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

There were no scrambled eggs at this live-streamed* breakfast meeting.  This morning more than 100 community leaders, giving circle grantees, friends, and members of Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) convened over Dim Sum for AAPIP’s Annual Membership Meeting and Community Program.  In addition to dumplings and egg rolls, attendees were treated to, and hopefully inspired by, presentations from numerous and diverse voices from this growing network.  In fact, more than 25 chapter co-chairs and representatives presented during this morning’s meeting, in addition to a panel of local funders who discussed Philadelphia’s fastest growing community – Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders…

In this way, AAPIP really is building democratic philanthropy, member by member, chapter by chapter, giving circle by circle, community by community.  It’s a philanthropic movement about people, and – like giving circles – it’s power comes not from being linear, but being circular.

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Many thanks to Danielle and to Kris Putnam-Walkerly at Philanthropy411.