Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Founded: 1990

To increase the leadership and participation of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the philanthropic sector; to connect philanthropy with APA and other immigrant and refugee communities; and to increase resources to these underserved populations.

About the Organization:
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to bridging philanthropy and Asian Pacific American communities. Its members include the staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and nonprofit service and advocacy organizations serving APA communities. AAPIP currently has eight chapters in six regions: Chicago and Minneapolis in the Midwest; Boston and New York in the Northeast; Seattle in the Northwest; San Francisco in Northern California; Los Angeles in Southern California; and Washington, D.C.

Current Programs:
AAPIP recently announced that it was changing the focus and name of its Asian American Women's Project. Now known as the National Gender & Equity Campaign, the initiative will use a grant from the to develop a five- to ten-year strategy to build institutions and infrastructures that advance a social-justice agenda for APA women at the national level. The campaign has already completed a national book tour for Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns, and Responsive Human and Civil Rights Advocacy, and is planning to make capacity-building grants to key organizations advocating on behalf of APA women; conduct an education and awareness-raising campaign about APA women's issues; and lay the groundwork for a collaborative fund to seed the initiative's social-justice agenda.

The organization also is launching a national initiative to engage APA donors through giving circles, with plans to establish one national and four regional circles in 2006. And it's initiating a California Funders Collaborative to pool funds from the Golden State to support South Asian, Arab Muslim, and Middle Eastern community-based organizations through re-granting and technical support. The initiative follows on the heels of the November 2004 publication of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area: An Introduction to Grantmakers (36 pages, PDF).

Web Site:
The AAPIP Web site contains a collection of downloadable reports, including Asian American Women: Issues, Concerns, and Responsive Human and Civil Rights Advocacy; the quarterly Flash Bulletin (8 pages, PDF); and a list of fifty institutional members.

Major support for AAPIP comes from foundation grants.

Contact: Peggy Saika, President and Executive Director
Phone: (415) 273-2760
Fax: (415) 273-2765


October 17, 2017