Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands

Mon, 2020-04-06

This joint statement was included as part of an article " Asian American Grant Makers Call on Philanthropy to End Violence and Bias on the Rise as Coronavirus Spreads"  published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 4/8/2020.

Dear Colleagues,

While Covid-19 may be novel, the racism accompanying it is far from new. Racial bigotry and “xenophobia” is ravaging Asian American communities in the U.S. alongside the physical impacts of COVID-19. It is reminiscent of attacks against South Asians, Arab and Muslim Americans after 9/11, brewed from anti-Blackness and the all-too familiar racial profiling of Black, Brown, and Native American people just going about their lives. We thank those that stand in support of Chinese and Chinese Americans during this period as we stand in solidarity with others who have and continue to experience racism and bigotry.

Scapegoating of Asian Americans is fueled by fear and racism simmering just below the surface. When it comes from our country’s top leaders, whether direct or implied, it signals an official stamp of acceptance and puts Asian Americans in harm’s way, including children. There are more than 21 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the U.S., comprising the fastest growing racial group, and they too are impacted, especially health care workers and others providing essential services who are risking their lives to save others. And philanthropy is not immune. Our staff and colleagues are also impacted by a variety of aggressions, externally or even within our own work environment when minimized or ignored.

Through every crisis, philanthropy responds. Some foundations have acknowledged the need to address racism in their COVID-19 response. Asian American community foundations, giving circles, and other mutual aid solutions are stepping up to support the community, both to address COVID-19 as well as the unique harms to Asian Americans. Asian and Asian American philanthropists are also stepping up to be part of the larger COVID-19 solution, including but not limited to, donating personal protection equipment for American health care workers.

All of this is a great start, but much more can be done. The cure to viral racism is within our hands. We call on our colleagues to:

  • Include language in statements that denounce hate related to COVID-19 (and beyond).
  • Include efforts that address viral racism as part of rapid response fund guidelines.
  • Insert equity into outreach efforts and funding decisions to ensure that smaller organizations, especially those in harder hit communities and inclusive of AAPIs are part of that mix.
  • Reach out to AAPI staff members and colleagues to see how they are doing and offer support.
  • Speak out when you see racism and prejudice against any individual or community.
  • Think of this moment as a “reset” button to imagine a more holistic approach to philanthropy that gains new traction toward racial and gender equity.

Let’s think expansively about this country’s future and support a path to finding our full humanity based on trusted relationships. In this pandemic, it is abundantly clear that we are one people with a shared destiny. Let’s close this country’s chapter on the tired and harmful stereotypes along with this novel virus. Our collective health is strengthened by our shared humanity and our best allies are common sense and good will. Through every such crisis and every day in between, solidarity matters.

 

SIGNATORIES

This letter is signed by the following foundations and philanthropic organizations alongside individuals listed below.  Please note that individuals have added their names, with titles and affiliations for identification purposes only and this does NOT constitute institutional endorsement (that is recorded in the institutional section).

While these types of letters are typically signed by the heads of foundations and philanthropic entities, we felt it was important for AAPI voices at all leadership levels in philanthropy to be included, alongside our powerful allies. Some foundation executives and trustees selected to also include their names as individuals alongside their institutional endorsements for additional emphasis and expression of personal solidarity. This includes more than 50 AAPI top level executives and trustees of foundations and philanthropic serving organizations. Many individuals listed have multiple connections and touchpoints in philanthropy, but chose a specific identification for the purpose of this letter. 

The people behind these signatures hail from points all across the country, from coast to coast and points in between.  They are not simply perfunctory sign-ons. They represent a heartfelt urgency to continue the hard work of moving beyond racial bias during crises like this, to come out more fully whole as a country.

FOUNDATIONS & PHILANTHROPY SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

AAPI Civic Engagement Fund (national)

ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities (national)

Access Philanthropy Inc. (national)

Akonadi Foundation (national)

Alexandria Area Community Foundation (MN)

Amalgamated Charitable Foundation (national)

American Muslim Community Foundation (national)

APIs Rise Giving Circle (CA)

Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AZ)

Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (national)

Asian Cultural Council (global)

Asian Giving Circle (IL)

Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle of Greater Philadelphia (PA)

Asian Pacific Community Fund (CA)

Asian Women Giving Circle (NY)

Barr Foundation (MA)

Bayanihan Foundation Community Power Giving Circle (CA)

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle (national)

Biodiversity Funders Group (national)

Black Funders Network of the Bay Area (CA)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation (MN)

Blue Sky Funders Forum (national)

Blue Shield of California Foundation (CA)

BMPP Giving Circle (MN)

Borealis Philanthropy (national)

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (MN)

Brooklyn Community Foundation (NY)

California Wellness Foundation (CA)

Center for Effective Philanthropy (national)

Central Minnesota Community Foundation (MN)

CHANGE Philanthropy (national)

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle (DC)

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (IL)

Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose

Chinook Fund (CO)

Colorado Health Foundation (CO)

Common Counsel Foundation (national)

Community Foundation for Monterey County (CA)

Community Foundation of Eastern CT (CT)

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (VA)

Community Giving (MN)

Community Investment Network (national)

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CT)

Council of NJ Grantmakers (NJ)

Council on Foundations (national)

David Bohnett Foundation (national)

DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement (national)

Devata Giving Circle (CA)

Dinner Guys Giving Circle (NY)

Donors of Color Network (national)

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (national)

East Bay Community Foundation (CA)

Edward W. Hazen Foundation (national)

Embrey Family Foundation

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (national)

Environmental Grantmakers Association (national)

Essex County Community Foundation (MA)

Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr Fund (CA/national)

Fairfield County's Community Foundation (CT)

Florida Philanthropic Network (FL)

Ford Foundation (national/global)

Forefront (IL)

Foundation for Child Development (national)

Four Freedoms Fund (national)

Friends Doing Good Giving Circle (CA)

Fund for Democratic Communities

Funders Concerned About AIDS (national)

Funders for LGBTQ Issues (national)

Funders for Reproductive Equity (national)

Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities (national)

Funders Together to End Homelessness (national)

Garfield Foundation

General Service Foundation

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant & Refugees (national)

Grantmakers for Education (national)

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (national)

 Grantmakers in Aging (national)

Grantmakers in the Arts (national)

GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington (WA)

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (WA)

Group Health Foundation (WA)

Health & Environmental Funders Network (national)

Healthy Communities Foundation (IL)

Heising-Simons Foundation

Hella Heart Giving Circle (CA)

HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women's Foundation (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Hispanics in Philanthropy (national)

Hyams Foundation (MA)

Inland Empire Community Foundation (CA)

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (national)

John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation - Stories From The Frontline (CA)

JustFund (national)

Kalvoda Family Foundation

Kapor Center (national)

Kenneth Rainin Foundation (CA)

Kibei Giving Circle (WA)

Korean American Community Foundation (NY)

Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (CA)

Lacuna Giving Circle (CA)

Lincoln Community Foundation (NE)

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (national)

Los Angeles Asian American & Pacific Islander Giving Circle (CA)

Lumina Foundation (IN/national)

Maine Community Foundation (ME)

Maine Philanthropy Center (ME)

Masto Foundation (global)

Marguerite Casey Foundation (national)

McKnight Foundation (national)

Medtronic Foundation (global)

Meyer Memorial Trust (OR)

Minnesota Council on Foundations (MN)

Ms. Foundation for Women (national)

Nathan Cummings Foundation

National Asian American Community Foundation

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (national)

Native Americans in Philanthropy (national)

Neighborhood Funders Group (national)

Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NE Region)

NEO Philanthropy (national)

New Breath Foundation (national)

New England Foundation for the Arts (New England)

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NH)

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers (NM)

North Star Fund (NY)

Northern California Grantmakers (CA)

Northside Funders Group (MN)

Northwest Area Foundation (NW region)

Omaha Community Foundation (NE)

Open Society Foundations (national/global)

Orange County Grantmakers (CA)

Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation (TX)

Park Foundation (national)

Patricia Kind Family Foundation (PA)

PEAK Grantmaking (national)

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (national)

Philanthropy California (CA)

Philanthropy Colorado (CO)

Philanthropy Massachusetts (MA)

Philanthropy New York(NY)

Philanthropy Ohio (OH)

Philanthropy Together (national)

Philanthropy West Virginia (WV)

Proteus Fund (national)

Race Forward (national)

Resource Generation (national)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (global)

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

San Diego Grantmakers (CA)

San Francisco Foundation (CA)

Satterberg Foundation (WA & CA)

Schott Foundation for Public Education

Seattle Foundation (WA)

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples (global)

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation (WA)

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (CA)

Silicon Valley Giving Circle (CA)

Skoll Foundation (national/global)

Solidaire Network (national)

Southeastern Council of Foundations (southern region)

Southern California Grantmakers (CA)

Southwest Initiative Foundation (MN)

Square One Foundation

Stupski Foundation (CA)

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (national)

Tarsadia Foundation (national/global)

The Boston Foundation (MA)

The California Endowment (CA)

The Communications Network (national)

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CT)

The George Gund Foundation (OH)

The Health Trust

The Klarman Family Foundation (national)

The Lenny Zakim Fund (MA)

The Libra Foundation (national)

The Merchants Fund (PA)

The San Diego Foundation (CA)

The New York Women's Foundation (NY)

The Volgenau Foundation

The Whitman Institute

The Women's Fund of Central Ohio (OH)

Tides (national)

Tides Advocacy (national)

Triad Pan Asian American Network (NC)

Tufts Health Plan Foundation (MA)

Unbound Philanthropy (national/global)

Union Benevolent Association (PA)

United Philanthropy Forum (national)

W.K. Kellogg Foundation (national)

Washington Women's Foundation (WA)

Weingart Foundation (CA)

Weissberg Foundation (national)

William T. Grant Foundation (national)

Willmar Area Community Foundation (MN)

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network (WI)

Women's Foundation of California (CA)

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

Youthprise (MN)

INDIVIDUALS

The following individuals have added their names, with titles and affiliations for identification purposes only. This does NOT constitute or imply institutional endorsement (that is recorded in the institutional section above).

NAME

TITLE

ORGANIZATION

A. Sparks

Executive Director

Masto Foundation

Aaron Dorfman

President and CEO

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Adam Gamoran

President

William T. Grant Foundation

Adelaide Park Gomer

President

Park Foundation

Adriana Loson-Ceballos

Director of Network Resources

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Adriana Rocha

Co-Director

Neighborhood Funders Group

Aimee Fribourg

Manager, Learning and Assessment

Weingart Foundation

Aiyoung Choi

Steering Committee Member

Asian Women Giving Circle

Aki Shibuya

Operations & Membership Manager

Washington Women's Foundation

Akilah Wallace

Founding Chair

HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women's Foundation

Alejandra Ibanez

Member

Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy

Alexander L. Lee

Project Director, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Alexandra Juckno

Arts & Creativity Program Assistant

Barr Foundation

Alice Ito

Senior Advisor on Equity

Seattle Foundation

Alice Y. Hom

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Alison Kysia

Grant Writer

Rise Together Fund

Alyssa Banks

Program Officer

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Amanda Hwu

PDN Program Coordinator         Co-Chair

Irving Harris Foundation          Asian Giving Circle

Amy Chou Sheikh

Program Officer

Brooklyn Community Foundation

Ana Marie Argilagos

President & CEO

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Ana Oliveira

President & CEO

The New York Women's Foundation

Andy Toy

Board Member

Union Benevolent Association

Angela H. Cheng

Senior Program Officer

The JPB Foundation

Angelique Power

President

The Field Foundation

Ann (Alli)  K. Naithani

Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Development

Northwest Area Foundation

Ann Kumasaka

Board member

Washington Women's Foundation

Ann Wicks

Communications Director

New England Foundation for the Arts

Annie Yang-Perez

Executive Affairs & Special Projects Officer

New England Foundation for the Arts

Antony Chiang

President

Dogwood Health Trust

Anuja Gopalan

Project Head

Open Society Foundations

Anupama Joshi

Executive Director 

Blue Sky Funders Forum

Art Wang

Vice Chair 

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Ashindi Maxton

Co-Director

Donors of Color Network

Athena Youm

Program Assistant, Impact-Driven Philanthropy

Raikes Foundation

Audrey Yamamoto

President & Executive Director

Asian Pacific Fund

Beadsie Woo

Senior Associate

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Ben Francisco Maulbeck

President

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Benson P. Lee

Retired Board Member; Advisor, Social Impact Investingritus

The Cleveland Foundation

Blia Moua

Program Officer

S.H. Cowell Foundation

Bob Uyeki

Chief Executive Officer

Y & H Soda Foundation

Brandon Hadi

Social Justice Fellow

AAPIP

Camille Cyprian

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Caralyn Spector

Program Officer

William Penn Foundation

Carly Hare

National Director

CHANGE Philanthropy

Catherine Chanse

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Cathy Cha

President 

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Cathy Choi

Senior Director of Programs

The Eisner Foundation 

Cathy Fong

Manager, Membership & Operations

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Cedric Brown

Chief Foundation Officer

Kapor Center

Charles Fields

Vice President of Program Implementation

The James Irvine Foundation

Cheri Opperman

Grants Manager, Dance

New England Foundation for the Arts

Chi-hui Yang

Senior Program Officer, Creativity and Freedom of Expression

Ford Foundation

Chindaly Griffith

Chapter Co-Chair, Chicago             Independent Consultant

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy                 Streamlife Consulting, LLC

Christi Tran

Senior Adviser

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Christine Au Yeung

Senior Program Officer

Robin Hood Foundation

Christine Tien

Senior Program Manager

The California Endowment

Christine Yoon

Senior Program Officer, Arts 

The Wallace Foundation

Christopher Barahona

Program Assistant

Weingart Foundation

Chun-Yen H. Chen

Executive Director

Asian Pacific Community Fund

Claire Downing

Program Officer

RISE Together Fund

Connie Cagampang Heller

Founder

Linked Fate Fund for Justice

Courtney Banayad

Director of Development and Communications

Neighborhood Funders Group

Daniel Lee

Executive Director

Levi Strauss Foundation

Daranee Petsod

President

Grantmakers Concerned about Immigrants and Refugees

Darren Walker

President

Ford Foundation

Daryl Brewster

CEO

Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose

Dave Sheldon

Vice President, Collaboration & Community Building

Southern California Grantmakers

David Moy

Interim Executive Director

Hyams Foundation

Debbie Chang, M.P.H.

President & CEO

Blue Shield of California Foundation

Dennis Quirin

Executive Director

Raikes Foundation

Diane Hosey

Philanthropic Outreach

Embrey Family Foundation

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Board Member

Race Forward

Divya Mohan Little

Member

Asian Giving Circle

Don Chen

President 

Surdna Foundation

Donald Jen

Director for Education

Marin Community Foundation

Doreena Wong

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Edgar Villanueva

Senior Vice President

Schott Foundation for Public Education

Elizabeth Behrend

Program Officer

Asian Cultural Council

Elizabeth Wang

Member

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Ellen Wang

Senior Program Officer

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Eric Esteves

Executive Director

The Lenny Zakim Fund

Erik Stegman

Executive Director

Native Americans in Philanthropy

Erin Roberts

Community Engagement Manager

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Esther Choe

Administrative Specialist

Casey Family Programs

Ethan Frey

Program Officer, Cities and States and Advisory Board Member, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

Ford Foundation

Eunice Quita Sullivan

New England Foundation for the Arts

EunSook Lee

Director

AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

Evangeline Reyes

Program Manager

The California Endowment

Falyn Rose Elhard

Program Associate, New England Presenting & Touring

New England Foundation for the Arts

Felix Tsai

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Fontane Lo

Senior Impact Assessment & Learning Officer

The James Irvine Foundation

Giles Li

Senior Program Officer, Arts + Creativity

Barr Foundation

Glen Galaich

Chief Executive Officer

The Stupski Foundation

Hali Lee

Co-Director

Donors of Color Network

Hanh Cao Yu

Chief Learning Officer

The California Endowment

Hanh Le

Executive Director

Weissberg Foundation

Hehershe Busuego

Senior Program Officer

Essex County Community Foundation

Helen Zia

Member

One Nation AAPI Commision

Hilary Pennington

Executive Vice President of Programs

Ford Foundation

Hilesh Patel

Leadership Investment Program Officer

Field Foundation

Huong Nguyen-Yap

Director of Community Investment

California Women's Foundation

Iara Peng

Founder

JustFund

Iimay Ho

Executive Director

Resource Generation

J. April Suwalsky Khan

Grants Manager

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jai Wong

Founding Board Member

Women's Foundation of California

James E. Canales

President

Barr Foundation

James Liou

Co-Chair Philadelphia Chapter

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Jamie Allison

Trustee

The Whitman Institute

Jane Lin

Director of Institutional Partnerships

Women's Foundation of California

Janet Hamada

Trustee

Meyer Memorial Trust

Jaye Hobart

Member

Asian Giving Circle

Jeanné L. Lewis

Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Jeanne Sakamoto

Chief of Staff and Planning

The James Irvine Foundation

Jeannette Andre

President & CEO

Maine Philanthropy Center

Jeannie Park

Board Co-Chair

Donors of Color Network

Jennie Curtis

Executive Director

Garfield Foundation

Jennifer Ching

Executive Director

North Star Fund

Jennifer Hu Corriggio

Director of Philanthropic Practice and Innovation

Solidaire Network

Jennifer Nguyen

Director of Postsecondary Success

The Stupski Foundation

Jeremy Rye

Program Officer

Open Society Foundations

Jill C Fink

Executive Director

The Merchants Fund

Joanna Kong

Advisory Board Chair

National Asian American Community Foundation

Joanne Kelley

Chief Excecutive Officer

Philanthropy Colorado 

Joe Scantlebury

Vice President for Place-Based Programs

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

John Esterle

Co-Executive Director

The Whitman Institute

John H. Jackson

President and CEO

Schott Foundation for Public Education

John Kostishack

Board Member

Borealis Philanthropy 

Jon F. Jee Schill

Former Chapter Co-Chair (MN)

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Jorge Blandón

Trustee

The Whitman Institute

Joseph Gutierrez

Program Officer

Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund

Joseph Gutierrez

Program Officer

Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund

Judilee Reed

Director

William Penn Foundation

Judy Hatcher

Executive Director

Biodiversity Funders Group

Jug Chokshi

Director of Finance and Administration

New England Foundation for the Arts

Juliet Le

Program Manager

Satterberg Foundation

June Noronha

Former Board Member              Principal

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy                 Noronha Consulting

Justine Choy

Program Officer, Human Rights

Heising-Simons Foundation

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy

Director of Program Strategy

Meyer Memorial Trust 

KaGee Vang

Grants Management Assistant

Otto Bremer Trust

Kamaria Carrington

Program Coordinator, Public Art

New England Foundation for the Arts

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Trustee

The California Endowment

Kathy Ko Chin

President & CEO

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Katina Mortensen

Director of Public Policy

Minnesota Council on Foundations 

Kay Lee

Senior Manager, Office of Strategy and Learning

Ford Foundation

Kelsey C. Spitalny

Program Officer, Center Stage

New England Foundation for the Arts

Kim Ammann Howard

Director of Impact Assessment & Learning

The James Irvine Foundation

Kim Szeto

Program Director, Public Art

New England Foundation for the Arts

Kimberly Blakemore

Program Officer

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Kiran Ahuja

Chief Executive Officer

Philanthropy Northwest

Kristell Caballero Saucedo

Program Officer

Borealis Philanthropy 

Kristen Cullen

Member Engagement Manager

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Kyung Yoon

President

Korean American Community Foundation

LaTosha Cox

Co-Chair MN Chapter

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Laurel Lee-Alexander

Vice President of Grants and Programs

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Leah Hong

Director of Community Impact

Letters Foundation

Leslie Payne

Senior Program Officer

The James Irvine Foundation

Lina Park

Executive Director

Korean American Community Foundation SF

Lindsay Ryder

Senior Membership Manager

Neighborhood Funders Group

Lisa Dugan

Grants Administrator

Union Benevolent Association

Lori Kodama

Chief Operating Officer

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Lori Villarosa

Executive Director

Philanthropic  Initiative for Racial Equity

Luna Yasui

Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government and Advisory Board Member, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

Ford Foundation

Luz Vega-Marquis

President & CEO

marguerite casey foundation

Lyle Matthew Kan

Vice President of Research and Communications

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Mae Hong

Vice President

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Mala Thao

Philanthropic Advisor

St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Manami Kano

Board Member

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Mandy Van Deven

Director of Communications

Nathan Cummings Foundation

Marcus F Walton

President & CEO

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Margaret Tobias Grier

Program Associate

The California Endowment

Margie Jo Eun Joo Andreason

Diversity Equity Inclusion Manager

Northwest Area Foundation

Maria Kong

Director, Grants and Operations

John & Marcia Goldman Foundation

Maria Pesqueira

President

Healthy Communities Foundation

Maria Torres-Springer

Vice President of U.S. Programs

Ford Foundation

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director, Climate Program

Barr Foundation

Marilyn Wells

CoFounder

John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation - Stories From The Frontline

Marjorie Fujiki

Philanthropic Consultant, Founding Executive Director, AAPIP

Marlon Cuellar

Senior Program Manager

The California Endowment

Marnelle Marasigan

Membership Manager

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Mary Domingo Thomas

Board Chair

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Maryam Elahi

President & CEO

Community Foundation of Eastern CT

Maurice Jones

President and CEO

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Maya Beck

Youthprise

Maya Iwata

Founding Member

Asian American Impact Fund

Maya Thornell-Sandifor

Director of Racial Equity Initiatives

Borealis Philanthropy 

Meena Malik

Program Manager

New England Foundation for the Arts

Melanie Audette

Senior Vice President

Mission Investors Exchange

Melissa Kim

Co-Chair, Philadelphia Chapter

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders inPhilanthropy

Melody Lee

Managing Director

Just Fund

Michael Quan

Finance & Operations Manager

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Michele Lew

Chief Executive Officer

The Health Trust

Michele Perch

Program Officer

William Penn Foundation

Michelle Bae

Program Officer

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Michelle J. DePass

Chief Executive Officer

Meyer Memorial Trust

Miho Walsh

Executive Director

Asian Cultural Council

Miki C. Akimoto

Board Member

Lenny Zakim Fund

Milap Patel

Program Officer

Open Society Foundations

Monique Aiken

VP of Programs

Mission Investors Exchange

Morganna Becker

Program Associate, CreativeGround

New England Foundation for the Arts

Muhi Khwaja

Co-Founder

American Muslim Community Foundation

Nancy Chan

Strategy and Evaluation, Justice & Opportunity Initiative

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 

Natalie Ross

Vice President, Resource Development & Strategic Opportunities

Council on Foundations

Neha Singh Gohil

Communications Officer

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Nelson Louis

Executive Director

Ong Family Foundation

Nicole Pritchard

Program Officer

The James Irvine Foundation

Nicole Taylor

President & CEO

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Nishka Chandrasoma

Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel 

Ford Foundation

Pajouablai Monica Lee

Program Assistant

S. H. Cowell Foundation

Pam Eddinger

Board Member

The Boston Foundation

Pam Fujita-Yuhas

Foundation Director

Northwest Fund for the Environment

Patricia Eng

President & CEO

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Paul Moore

Director of Programs

David Bohnett Foundation

Paul Ocampo

Founding Member

Lacuna Giving Circle, Advancing Justice -Asian Law Caucus

Paul S. Grogan

President & CEO

The Boston Foundation

Paul W. Lee

Board Member

The Boston Foundation

Paurvi Bhatt

President

Medtronic Foundation

Peggy Saika

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Penn Loh

Board Chair

Hyams Foundation

Penny Fujiko Wilgerodt

Executive Director

Prospect Hill Foundation

Perry Chen

Board Member

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Peter Gonzales

Board Member

The Merchants Fund

Peter Van Do

Member

Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle of Greater Philadelphia

Phil Buchanan

President

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Philip Li

President and CEO

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Phuong Quach

Acting Co-CEO 

Northern California Grantmakers

Phyllis M Wise

Chief Executive Officer

Colorado Longitudinal Study

Pia Infante 

Co-Executive Director

The Whitman Institute

Polly Savitri Singh

Senior Program Officer, Learning & Enrichment

The Wallace Foundation

Priscilla Enriquez

Chief Executive Officer

The James B. McClatchy Foundation

Priscilla Kersten

President

Square One Foundation

R. Michelle Decker

CEO

Inland Empire Community Foundation

Rachel Leon 

Executive Director

Environmental Grantmakers Association

Rafael Morales

Program Officer

The James Irvine Foundation

Rajasvini Bhansali

Executive Director

Solidaire Network

Ramona Gupta

Member

Asian Giving Circle

Ray Hsia

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Raymond Ampil

Program Officer

Fondation CHANEL

Reed Young

Network Resources Associate

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Richard Woo

Board Member

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Rickke Mananzala

Vice President of Strategy & Programs

Borealis Philanthropy 

Rini Banerjee

President

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Robert (Bob) McFalls

President & CEO

Florida Philanthropic Network

Rocele Estanislao

Chapter Co-Chair, LA

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Rocio Córdoba 

Executive Director

Funders for Reproductive Equity 

Rodrigo DelaTorre

New England Foundation for the Arts

Ronna Brown

President

Philanthropy New York

Ryan Chao

Board Member

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Sabrina Singh Kansara

Program Officer

The James Irvine Foundation

Sachi Yoshii

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects

East Bay Community Foundation

Sally Carlson

Board Member

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Sally Lew

Independent Consultant to Foundations/Nonprofits

Samantha Shain

Database Administrator

William Penn Foundation

San San Wong

Director, Arts + Creativity

Barr Foundation

Sanjiv Rao

Director, Civic Engagement and Government

Ford Foundation

Sara Lomelin

Executive director

Philanthropy Together

Sara Montrose

Program Officer

Weingart Foundation

Sarah Clyne

Executive Director 

Northside Funders Group (MN)

Sarah Silva

Development Coordinator

New England Foundation for the Arts

Sarita Ahuja 

Co-Director

Neighborhood Funders Group

Sarita Gupta

Director, Future of Work

Ford Foundation

Sean Gibbons

Chief Executive Officer

The Communications Network

Selena L. Tan

Program Associate, Policy Reform & Advocacy

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Seong Shin

Board Member

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Serena Moy

Member

Asian Giving Circle

Shanon Farley

Trustee

The Whitman Institute

Sharon Timmel

Development Director

New England Foundation for the Arts

Sheila Bapat

Program Officer

RISE Together Fund

Shiho Fuyuki

Co-Chair, Seattle Chapter

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Shireen Zaman

Director

Rise Together Fund

Shreya Shah Sasaki

Board Treasurer

San Diego Grantmakers (CA)

Sonia Mathew

Program Officer

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Sonya Childress

Trustee

The Whitman Institute

Stephanie Chen

Director of Marketing and Communications

Asian Cultural Council

Stephen Chan

Vice President of Strategy and Operations

The Boston Foundation

Steven Fenton

Human Resources & Operations Director

New England Foundation for the Arts

Steven Paprocki

President

Access Philanthropy Inc

Storme Gray

Executive Director

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Surina Khan

Chief Executive Officer

Women's Foundation of California

Susan Lew

Advisory Board Chair

National Asian American Community Foundation

Susie Brown

President

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Susie Lee

Executive Director

Potomac Health Foundation

Suzi Kaitz

Board Chair

The Lenny Zakim Fund

Tamitha Walker McKinnis

Chapter Liaison & Programs Manager

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Taryn Ishida

Member

Silicon Valley Giving Circle

Terri Thao

Trustee

F.R. Bigelow Foundation

Tia Oros Peters

Chief Executive Officer

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Tim Ortez

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Weingart Foundation

Tonja Khabir

Executive Director 

Griffith Family Foundation (GA)

Tori Miyagi

Chief Of Staff

Way to Win

Trina Villanueva

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Truc Anh Kieu

Program Associate, Racial Equity Initiatives

Borealis Philanthropy 

Uma Avva

Trustee and Chair of Expanding Community Giving

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Unmi Song

President

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Vanessa Whang

Trustee

The Whitman Institute

Vera deVera

Program Director

Weingart Foundation

Verónica Ayala Flores

Program Assistant

Philadelphia LISC

Vien Truong

Truong & Associates 

Vivian Chang

Fund Director

Susan Sandler Fund

Vivian Tseng

Senior Vice President Programs

William T. Grant Foundation

Vy Nguyen

Director of Special Projects and Communications

Weingart Foundation

Wilda Wong

Mission Driven Finance

Winston Wong

Trustee,                                          Board of Directors,                       Chair,

The California Endowment   Grantmakers in Health     National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians

Xp Lee

Program Manager

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Yukari Yanagino

Member

Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle

Zoe Rothchild

Foundation Director

Northwest Fund for the Environment

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