Archive for category AAPI philanthropy
By Barbara Phillips
“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things.”
And so, courageous social justice warriors convened as the Organizational Fellowship Program September 16 – 17, 2011 in the Bay Area to reflect upon their collective journey to initiate a new order of things within themselves, their organizations, their communities, the broader social justice movement – across the U.S. and beyond. The weekend was about sharing the stories of that journey and, more importantly, learning from those experiences – lifting up struggles with terminology, theory and practice and appreciating that context matters. As one participant said so eloquently, the weekend marked not the end and not the beginning, but “The end of the beginning.”
It was so appropriate that the convening of September 16th was at the site in Oakland where the first convening took place almost three years ago. My hope for those who were returning is that they were flooded with raw, unfiltered memories of that first experience – not just their thoughts, but their feelings about jumping into the unknown. One participant spoke with particular openness and honesty about the panic that swept through him as he pondered, “What do we do now???” – after being a part of the OFP.
My hope is that these social justice warriors embrace the reality of the unending repetitiveness of that query, “What do we do now?”
The answer will come to them as they continue their collective struggle. And if they are lucky, the answer will never be definitive. They will never know for sure that a particular course of action is “right.” They do not need the false certainty of being “right”; all they need to move forward is the intention to struggle honestly and with compassion and to continue reflecting, thinking critically, learning as they go, and sharing all of that with the community.
There will be many times when the way is not certain. That is the nature of initiating a new order of things. The civil rights movement embraced the reality of those recurring moments with a song, “Do What the Spirit Say Do.” The community sang that song over-and-over until there was a collective decision. These courageous social justice warriors will create their own unique response to these moments because they are initiating a new order of things. And for that we should all stand in grateful solidarity.
What is Community Philanthropy?
AAPIP seeks to increase, encourage and facilitate giving by and for individuals in Asian Americans/Pacific Islander communities. AAPIP’s goal is to grow and demonstrate new models of philanthropy. AAPIP’s community philanthropy is currently comprised of regional giving circles and the National Donor Circle.
What is a Giving Circle?A giving circle is a group of volunteers raising, pooling and granting money together. Giving circles allow for a wide range of giving style, philosophy and values. Some giving circle members just donate money while others volunteer their time, skills and expertise in the organizations their giving circle funds. Giving circles also provide social networks, leadership development, peer support and learning among its members.
AAPIP incubated giving circles to support and engage individual Asian American and Pacific Islanders as donors. Since 2005, over 600 AAPI donors have pooled their money and time to award close to $600,000 to 70 API non-profit organizations. AAPIP will continue to provide technical assistance, training, leverage philanthropic resources, convening and provide leadership to giving circles as a commitment to growing philanthropy within the community, from the grassroots.
Learn About Giving Circles
AAPIP’s Metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter, in conjunction with the Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, published the first guide for funders on nonprofits serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our region.
For more information on API-serving 501(c)3’s in the area, or to download the catalogue, click on the image to the right or email DCaapipdirectory@gmail.com.
Visit the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s website for full details: http://apcf.org/index.php/news
The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) in partnership with Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is seeking nominations for young individuals and organizations that have exemplified outstanding support for the Asian Pacific Islander community through their leadership and philanthropic efforts.
Two individuals and two organizations will receive awards. All nominees will be recognized. The awards will be presented at the 2nd Annual Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Recognition Awards to be held in early March. Completed nomination packages must be received by 5:00 P.M., Monday, January 25, 2010.
Apply online, or send all forms by mail to:
ATTN: ELP Recognition Awards, 1145 Wilshire Blvd. 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, or by fax to: (213) 624-6406.
For more information about the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Recognition Awards, contact Kristina Ramos, Marketing Associate of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, at (213) 624-6400 x4