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There is Nothing More Difficult

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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.

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How would organizational effectiveness be different from a social justice movement frame?

Reflections from the 2010 GEO conference from Bo Thao-Urabe, BRIDGE Director about organizational effectiveness using NGEC’s framework.


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How would organizational effectiveness be different from a social justice movement frame? - By Bo Thao-Urabe, Director, BRIDGE (Building Responsive Infrastructure to Develop Global Equity)

Recently I participated in the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ (GEO) national conference.  The participants were mostly people from foundations, but there were some representatives from consulting firms, affinity groups and community nonprofits.  Being a newbie, I chatted with a few participants about why they came.  For most, “organizational effectiveness” of nonprofit groups being funded seemed top of mind.

On a very basic level, organizational effectiveness is a seemingly apolitical term used in the nonprofit sector to demonstrate how successful an organization is in achieving its stated goals.  This has translated into tools and methods that help groups develop measurement units of their work — like demographically naming the population being served, counting the number of people served, and showing the level of satisfaction of those served. But these are very contained, focused, logical, short-term, and absent a worldview.

For me, just using the “organizational effective” paradigm alone misses a more dynamic beginning and evolution of organizations that helps us understand and answer the question of, “So What?”  or “Organizational effectiveness for what?”

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Giving Circles ~ AAPIP’s Community Philanthropy

We are often asked how AAPIP approaches Community Philanthropy.  Here’s a short description of this innovative program area and a list of frequently asked questions from the AAPIP website.

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

Asian American Giving Circle of Greater Houston
Asian Giving Circle (Chicago)
Asian Women Giving Circle (New York)
Cherry Blossom Giving Circle (Washington DC)
Hmong Women Giving Circle (Minnesota)
Los Angeles API Giving Circle
Lunar Giving Circle (San Francisco Bay Area)
Muslim Women Giving Circle (San Francisco Bay Area)
Saffron Circle (Boston)
South Asian Giving Circle (San Francisco Bay Area)

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CONNECT! Regional Guide to Nonprofits Serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in DC

AAPIP’s  “Cherry Blossom Giving Circle” in Washington DC have a new resource guide!


more info & download  available on their website >

Connect!

CONNECT! – Regional Guide to Nonprofits Serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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.

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Asian Pacific Community Fund seeks nominations for 2010 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

Visit the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s website for full details: http://apcf.org/index.php/news

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2nd Annual 2010 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Recognition Awards!

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

More information available at  Asian Pacific Community Fund’s website http://apcf.org/index.php/news

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December 2009 ~ new AAPIP Job Announcements!

AAPIP is hiring!  Follow the links for more detailed information.

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Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership and advocacy organization dedicated to improving Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities through philanthropy. AAPIP also seeks to advance traditional philanthropy by making it more inclusive, just, equitable, and accountable. AAPIP members include foundations, staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations, and nonprofit organizations in eight regional chapters in the United States. AAPIP engages AAPI communities and philanthropy to address unmet needs; serves as a resource for and about AAPI communities; supports and facilitates giving by and to AAPI communities; and incubates new ideas and approaches for social justice philanthropy.

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Membership Services Manager, AAPIP, San Francisco

Summary:
Located in the San Francisco national office, the Membership Services Manager is responsible for establishing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating the organizations membership programs to contribute to the organizations mission and goals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. AAPIP is expanding its membership strategy to encompass a network of members, giving circle volunteers/donors, and nonprofits/grantees; refining program strategies and activities accordingly.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop, implement and maintain an effective strategic membership retention and recruitment plan for each membership level to meet membership goals.
  • Analyze and prepare accurate and complete membership data for reporting and strategic implications.
  • Organize effective membership programs including annual membership; meeting/programs and leadership retreat within established timeframes and budget.
  • Effectively develop and support existing chapters and grow new regional chapters in accordance with organization strategy.
  • Effectively develop and implement national and regional programs and projects to meet organization mission and goals.
  • Effectively develop and implement fundraising plan for institutional members to meet established goals.
  • Develop clear, complete and concise recruitment and retention materials.
  • Maintain complete and accurate databases and records including but not limited to integrated donor and membership database, current membership data and records, and current national and chapter email list servers and website pages related to membership.
  • Promptly responds to requests for information about membership and follows up as appropriate including processing membership forms.
  • Effectively coordinates program activities, such as annual membership meetings and events for the national office, chapters, and other funds during all phases of the event from planning to implementation.
  • Provides chapter co-chair support.
  • Write clear, complete and effective grant proposals and reports.
  • Supports the Director, Strategic Communications in planning and implementation of Council on Foundations and AAPIP annual meeting and leadership retreat activities as well as activities for other philanthropic conferences and other affinity groups. With Research Director, develops and submits program proposals for these events.
  • Prepare thorough and well-supported annual budget for assigned area of responsibility and monitor allocation of resources according to budgetary limitations.
  • Identify, develop and implement opportunities for additional or improved services and procedures to ensure program services are delivered in accordance with policy and organization mission and goals and to meet membership and communication needs.
  • Actively participate in the development of organizational goals. Develop, recommend, and administer organization policy and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May select and direct the work of consultants and volunteers.

Essential Skills & Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of activities related to membership, development, preferably in a philanthropy or community service organization as evidenced by a minimum of 3 years related experience..
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen effectively, to select and use appropriate communication methods, and to present ideas and information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to routine and non-routine inquiries or issues from members, the media and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities to conclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve problems that balance multiple needs and interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to changing and sometimes ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound and accurate judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to workload.
  • Demonstrated ability for accuracy and thoroughness in completing work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to view every action and decision in terms of organization impact and to understand and anticipate organization needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain desired work results without direct authority in working with consultants, volunteers, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete objectives and projects with periodic review by manager at key milestones.
  • Intermediate proficiency with MS Office applications.

Education/Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably in Marketing or related field.
Minimum three years of experience in membership or marketing is required, preferably in a philanthropy or community service organization.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None

Work Environment:
Work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee works primarily in an office environment. Position requires travel up to 20% of time on the job.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a computer. Position requires clear vision at 20 inches or less and ability to adjust focus. Position also requires occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds.
To apply & more info, go to > Membership Services Manager, AAPIP, San Francisco

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2010 Meeting and Events Coordinator, AAPIP, San Francisco

Summary:
Located in the San Francisco national office, the 2010 Meeting and Events Coordinator directly reports to the Director, Philanthropic Advocacy and is responsible for coordinating in the: 1) standardizing systems and protocols for all meetings and events 2) end to end management and ownership of all program elements in order to create positive meeting and event experiences that meets meeting or event goals for all stakeholders. This is a one-year staff position with full benefits.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of systems and protocols for planning meeting and events. Coordinate the preparation and management of work plan aligned with meeting purpose, programmatic considerations/needs, and audience on a proactive and timely basis.
  • Coordinate the development and management of timeline, budget/pro-forma, and group reporting within established requirements.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of financial accountability for programs including adherence to standard terms and conditions of vendor/consultant contract, and billing guidelines.
  • Act as the on-site point person for assigned programs.
  • Provide complete and accurate program feedback to all stakeholders through summary and distribution of program debrief notes.
  • Create and maintain meeting profiles for assigned programs.
  • Coordinate the negotiation and management of vendor contracts related to a particular event, including, air, hotel ensuring best available pricing and timely payment to vendors.
  • Manage supplier partners and internal support areas to ensure quality and timely delivery of services.
  • Coordinate meeting/event related travelEssential Skills and Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate successful events and meetings as evidenced by a minimum of 2 years experience as a meeting and event planner.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure that meeting and event activities are planned and implemented consistent with mission, vision and values of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization and with external vendors, suppliers and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and monitor meeting and event budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing and to represent the organization to internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities to conclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve problems that balance multiple needs and interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound and accurate judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to workload.
  • Demonstrated ability to view every action and decision in terms of organization and constituent impact and to understand and anticipate organization and constituent needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain desired work results without direct authority in working with peers, consultants, vendors and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete objectives and projects with periodic review by supervisor at key milestones.
  • Intermediate proficiency with MS Office applications.Education/Experience:
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a meeting and events, preferably in a philanthropic or affinity organization.
    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None

    Work Environment:
    Work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The employee works primarily in an office environment. Position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a computer. Position also requires travel up to 15% of time on the job.

    Physical Demands:
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a computer. Position requires clear vision at 20 inches or less and ability to adjust focus. Position requires occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds.

    To apply & more info, go to >  2010 Meeting and Events Coordinator, AAPIP, San Francisco

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    NCG event: Strengthening Organizations: Capacity Building Frameworks to Serve Communities of Color

    (reposting via www.ncg.org an upcoming event featuring NGEC /AAPIP staff and grantees)

    Date: 11/10/2009
    Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Location: Mechanics’ Institute Building 57 Post Street, 4th Floor
    Registration: <!–Register for this meeting–> Register for this event

    Building capacity in nonprofits that serve communities of color is the focus of multi-year initiatives being implemented by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), respectively. This program will highlight the frameworks being used by these two intermediary organizations, and will provide lessons for potential implementation by other funders. In addition, representatives from nonprofit beneficiaries of HIP and AAPIP’s capacity building approaches will be participate in a panel discussion.

    This program will also provide a quantitative look at the value that “diversity funds” bring to the challenge of supporting diverse communities. Defined by culture and shared community goals, diversity funds, such as HIP and AAPIP, often address immediate community needs and social change, using their close affinity to the needs of specific communities to strengthen their work. Program participants will review highlights of a Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors study supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the national Diversity in Philanthropy Project that will offer a landscape view of such diversity–focused funds.

    This program will feature a quantitative look at the value that these funds bring to the challenge of supporting diverse communities. Diversity funds often address immediate community needs and social change; and are defined by culture and shared community goals, instead of by geography. They are also used to conduct research and advocacy on community issues, as well as for technical assistance and capacity building to community nonprofits.

    Come join us to

    • Review some initial data on the impact of diversity funds, and some potential lessons that might be transferable to other philanthropic entities;
    • Learn about the capacity building frameworks that HIP and AAPIP have in place;
    • Hear from nonprofit representatives who serve diverse communities about the range of capacity building support that helps them be more effective; and
    • Consider different strategies that foundations might employ to identify and address capacity building needs of nonprofits that serve diverse communities.

    Target Audience

    This program is free and open to NCG members.

    Presenters

    Diana Campoamor is the President of Hispanics in Philanthropy. Prior to joining HIP, Diana served as a director at the Shalan Foundation, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the United Way, and the YWCA. She holds an MA in Communications from the University of Miami and a BA from the University of Florida. She has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Inter–University Project for Latino Research, California HACR, Horizons Foundation, BRAVA! For Women in the Arts, and several other nonprofits.

    Dana Kawaoka–Chen is Capacity Building Manager at AAPIP’s National Gender & Equity Campaign (NGEC) and is responsible for leading implementation of the Organizational Fellowship Program in California. Before joining NGEC, Dana served as the Executive Director for a community development credit union in West Oakland, California. Previously, Dana also served as the Executive Director of Public Allies Silicon Valley, the local chapter of a national leadership development organization. She brings more than ten years of experience working with community–based organizations.

    Rae Richman is the Director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ (RPA) Bay Area office. Her funding expertise includes climate change and environmental protection, education, and cultural preservation. She has also been actively involved in RPA’s leadership on the issue of Mission Related Investing (MRI.) Rae is formerly a consultant with expertise in corporate social responsibility, meeting facilitation and organizational development. Prior to starting her own consultancy for values–based organizations, she was Senior Manager of Consulting Services at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).

    Confirmed Nonprofit Panelists

    HIP grantee:
    Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
    Andrea Lee, Co-Director for Development and Administration
    Claudia Gomez, Grassroots Fundraiser

    AAPIP grantees:
    Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
    Vincent Pan, Executive Director

    Narika
    Atashi Chakravarty, Executive Director

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