AAPIP Voices

Standing Together with Philanthropy and Community


This message was originally sent out via the AAPIP mailing list on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, which coincided with 2016’s #GivingTuesday.

Dear AAPIP Friends, Family, and Colleagues,

As we begin to fully process the Presidential election results and the impact it will have on all of our communities, we become increasingly concerned for historically vulnerable communities, particularly the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (AMEMSA), LGBTQ, and immigrant & refugee populations. While acts of violence and hate are not new to our community, complacency and continued acts of hate are not the reality that we are willing to accept.

AAPIP continues to envision a just and equitable democracy with the full civic and economic participation of AAPIs. This vision will continue to remain highly relevant in the days, months, and years ahead. We know that AAPIP plays an important role bringing philanthropy and community together to address unmet needs in our community. We hope you’ll consider a few action items:

  • Stand with our AMEMSA, LGBTQ, and immigrant & refugee communities that work on the front lines of our community by donating today on #GivingTuesday (a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration) to ensure these services continue.  Below you will find a list of the organizations that AAPIP has previously invested in through our incubation partnerships and Dream Summer internship.

  • Connect, learn & voice your concerns at upcoming webinars and programs that are being presented by funder networks affiliated with CHANGE Philanthropy, Igniting the Sector to Advance Equity.

  • Engage with one of our ten regional Chapters to join in critical discussions about equity and diversity issues and what you can do to ensure that your voice is heard.

  • Continue the fight for social justice by becoming an AAPIP member so that together we can build a just and equitable democracy with the full civic and economic participation of AAPIs.

While the future holds much uncertainty, we are inspired to hear stories of funders standing with those individuals and communities who are most vulnerable in the current political climate.  We, at AAPIP, stand with you too.


Cora Mirikitani
President & CEO

Support AAPIP community partners today!

AAPIP has been proud to support a number of groundbreaking social justice initiatives on behalf of AAPI communities and causes in the U.S. Please consider giving to one of our community partners now!

Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)

AAPIP incubated CAAL, which is now led by local Asian American leaders in Minnesota who are leveraging their assets to harness power to build unity, cohesion, and common agendas to advance equity.

Queer Justice Fund (QJF)

AAPIP led a concerted effort to learn, research, and listen to LGBTQ AAPI groups and leaders to determine how to better partner and support this community that has various assets, challenges, and needs.

API Equality Los AngelesAPI Equality Northern CaliforniaAPI Wellness Center • California Faith for Equality • Freedom, Inc.Network on Religion & Justice for API LGBTNational Queer API Alliance (NQAPIA)Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)

Civic Engagement Fund (CEF)

Post 9/11, AAPIP raised the visibility and collective power of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities. AAPIP informed, engaged, and leveraged the philanthropic sector to invest in AMEMSA CEFcommunity infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay Area.

3rd I South Asian Independent FilmAfrican Advocacy NetworkAfghan CoalitionAlliance of South Asians Taking ActionArab American Cultural Center of Silicon ValleyArab Cultural and Community CenterArab Film FestivalArab Resource and Organizing CenterCouncil on American-Islamic RelationsIslamic Cultural Center of Northern CaliforniaIslamic Networks GroupNarikaOmid AdvocatesSEMAHThe Sikh CoalitionZawaya

National Gender & Equity Campaign (NGEC)

AAPIP provided core operating support, peer learning spaces, and culturally relevant skills-building trainings to strengthen capacity and advance shared movement building goals.

Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota • Center for Hmong Arts and TalentCAPIChinese for Affirmative ActionChinese Progressive AssociationKhmer Girls in ActionKorean Resource Center Koreatown Immigrant Workers AllianceLao Assistance Center of MinnesotaMu Performing ArtsNational Asian Pacific American Women’s ForumNational Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community DevelopmentNational Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)Shades of YellowSouth Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT)South Asian NetworkSoutheast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Dream Summer

AAPIP supported DACA-eligible API students in ten-week internships with social justice and labor organizations, and UCLA Dream Resource Center leadership retreats.

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA)Chinatown Community Development CenterPre-Health DreamersUCLA Labor CenterUPLIFT (formerly ASPIRE – LA)Women’s Donor Network