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Read the latest news from our campaigns and programs featuring stories and insights directly from our network of community members, giving circle organizers, AAPIP members and philanthropic allies.

[Video] Philanthropy and The Economy: Prioritizing Communities, Not Sacrificing Democracy

Fri, 2011-09-23

$1.25 per day. According to the World Bank, this is what defines “extreme poverty” – a condition that describes the lives of at least 1.4 billion people, globally. And with the most severe income inequality in generations and a widening gap between the nation’s wealthiest and its least, especially among immigrant and refugee communities, is this how we build a democracy?

2011 AAPIP National Convening

Thu, 2011-09-01
Severe income inequality? An ever-widening gap between the nation’s wealthiest and it’s least, especially among immigrant and refugee communities? Is today’s notion of sacrifice, really ‘shared’? Is this any way to build and sustain a democracy? And what is philanthropy doing to build the capacity of our communities to ask these questions and build solutions in today’s economy?

It's Thuy

Fri, 2011-08-26
Ai-Tram Bui, 2011 VIET Fellow

If there’s one person I won’t ever forget during my time in Vietnam, it’s Thủy. The first day I met her at Từ Dũ Hospital, she welcomed me with open arms. I can never forget her smile, a smile so generous and kind. I remember her asking me quizzical questions about America and about my life; although we had only met for a day, I felt as though I had known her from years ago.

The AAPIP Giving Circle Campaign: On the Road with Noelle Ito

Tue, 2011-08-23
Noelle Ito

11 giving circles, 7 cities, 1 month and lots of meetings later, I feel fully immersed in AAPIP’s National Giving Circle network. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all but two of our giving circles and have learned of their strategies, struggles and aspirations.

AAPIP Puget Sound welcomes White House Initiative on APIs

Tue, 2011-08-23
Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager, Philanthropy Northwest / Co-Chair, AAPIP Puget Sound Chapter

On July 7, AAPIP Puget Sound co-sponsored a reception welcoming the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and Chris Lu, President Obama’s Assistant and Cabinet Secretary to Seattle. Together, we gathered not as individual groups with our own agendas but as a community with a vested stake in sustainability issues particularly in the API community.

[video] AMEMSA Communities: Ten Years After 9/11, A Funder Dialogue

Thu, 2011-07-28
Laila Mehta, Director, AAPIP Civic Engagement Fund

On July 14th, AAPIP was pleased to partner with Northern California Grantmakers in convening a special funders dialogue: 10 Years After 9/11: Dialogue on New Opportunities and Continuing Challenges in AMEMSA Communities.

[video] Queer Justice Fund Goes to The White House

Thu, 2011-07-28
Alice Y. Hom, Director, Queer Justice Fund

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender folks typically celebrate Pride Month with marches, parades, and celebrations and one of those celebrations took place on a hot and humid day of June 29 at the White House. As the Director of the Queer Justice Fund, I was invited to attend the LGBT Pride Month Policy Briefing and Reception.

A Historic First: AAPI LGBT Youth at the White House, May 2011

Thu, 2011-07-14
Alice Y. Hom, Director of Queer Justice Fund

On October 1979 in Washington DC, a number of “firsts” and historic moments happened—lesbian and gay Asian American activists formed a Gay Asian Collective at the Third World Lesbian and Gay conference that happened at the same time as the first March on Washington for Gay Rights. These historic moments organized by people who brought together their politics and the full gamut of their identities of gender, race, sexuality, and class helped build the foundation of queer people of color organizing, movement building, and coalition work.