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A roundup of tools and resources!

We’ve recently updated our listing of  some tools and resources  from partners and other nonprofit allies that we think you may find useful.  Browse the full list on our website: or simply click on one of the categories below.

Board Development & Governance
Capacity Building & Strategic Planning
Collaborations & Coalition Building
Community Building & Community Development
Community Organizing
Domestic Violence
Evaluation & Working with Consultants
Facilitation, Forums & Surveys
Fundraising, Grant writing & Budgeting
Gender, Gender Identity, LGBTQ
Immigration & Refugee Issues
Leadership Development & Intergenerational Issues
Media & Communications
Organizational Assessment & Development
Policy Advocacy
Racial Equity & Asset-Based Approaches
Responsive Philanthropy
Social Justice & Movement Building


Technology (for nonprofits)
Theory of Social Change

+ General sites with more resources

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Sample Exercises + Team Activities from NGEC’s Social Justice Capacity Building Program

NGEC OFP’s Sample Exercises and Team Activities

The exercises and activities we list below were initially developed for use in NGEC’s Organizational Fellowship Program with our 12 Asian American partner organizations in Minnesota and California.

Although they represent just a sampling of what we do in our intensive 3-year capacity building program, NGEC shares these resources in the spirit of making them available to wider audiences.

We hope folks find them useful and applicable to other areas of work.  NGEC welcomes and appreciate your feedback as we continue to refine and update these tools as they are tested and adapted by the community.

“Exploring Our Values” Exercise

“Fictional VRC Role Play” Exercise

“Organization Alignment” Exercise

“Organizational Transformation Role Play” Exercise

“Zooming In and Zooming Out” Exercise

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The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps

In June, AAPIP will be participating in a program at the  Smithsonian Institution/Renwick Gallery, Art of Gaman Installation about the shared experiences of Asian American and Arab Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in the post-9/11 era, through the expression of culture and art.

Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Camp Scene, Wood, paint, Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San José, From "Art of Gaman" by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo.

Visit the exhibit website for more information, including an online slideshow of images from the galleries.

For our friends and allies in the DC area can visit the installation at:

Special exhibition galleries, 1st floor, Renwick Gallery
Open from March 5, 2010 – January 30, 2011

And  here’s a listing for free public programs!


The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Free Public Programs
Friday, March 5, at noon, lecture by Delphine Hirasuna
Wednesday, March 10, at noon, gallery talk with Kennedy
Wednesday, March 31, at noon, lecture by Karen Matsuoka
Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m., artist talk with Mira Nakashima and Wendy Maruyama
Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Day

Read recent posts on the Museum’s blog Eye Level
Gaman: FDR and the Japanese American Internment Camps


A few other resources:

(Updated 4/5/10 by GM)

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Upcoming Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) Training, March 2010

Sharing this online event that AAPIP NGEC friends and allies might want to check out in March!  Visit their website for complete information:

The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is a multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. GIFT believes that how groups are funded is as important to achieving their goals as how the money is spent, and that building community support is central to long-term social change. GIFT provides training, resources and analysis to strengthen organizations, with an emphasis on those focused on social justice and based in communities of color.

Upcoming Webinar:
Create a Culture of Fundraising at Your Organization
March 16, 2010
(10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12pm Central/1pm Eastern)

Tired of working in isolation, feeling like you’re the sole person responsible for raising your organization’s budget? Heard about creating a culture of fundraising, but unsure of what it actually means in practice? Then this is the webinar for you!

Join fundraising consultant Rona Fernandez as she takes you through concrete steps to build a culture of fundraising within your organization. Learn about how to create buy-in, demystify the process of fundraising for non-development staff, and bring the FUN back to fundraising! Fundraising doesn’t have to be something your force onto your coworkers, but instead CAN be a regular part of how your organization functions.

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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! – 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

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MN Council on Foundations – Diversity Fellowship – apply by Dec 15th!


Posted November 13

The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), a regional association of grantmakers who annually award more than $850 million to nonprofits, works actively to strengthen and expand philanthropy. MCF members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. With a $1.2 million annual budget, MCF is committed to serving its members and providing leadership in the field of philanthropy.

Fellowship Position:
The MCF Diversity Fellowship is a paid, part-time (20 hours per week), nine-month appointment. The position is designed for an individual eager to engage in a mutually-beneficial learning opportunity that advances diversity knowledge, resources and strategies for the philanthropic community.

Through this appointment, the Diversity Fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the philanthropic sector and engage in professional development and networking activities.
  • Work directly with association and foundation staff, as well as with individuals engaged in diversity/inclusivity work at regional and national grantmaker infrastructure organizations.
  • Expand and strengthen professional skills such as program management, meeting facilitation, and research.
  • Produce tangible final products that will advance the work of members, MCF and the field of philanthropy.

The Diversity Fellow will report to and work in partnership with the Vice President of Communications and Information Services to increase MCF’s capacity to provide greater diversity/inclusivity leadership for our members and for the philanthropic community.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to with “Diversity Fellow” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

More at:

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My First Protest: Asian Americans and Activism, Part 1

Your Voices

One of our NGEC OFP leaders, Katie Ka Vang of CHAT, was featured by Bao Phi,  performance poet and community organizer/ activist.  He was asked to start a blog  called “The Blaog” for the the Strib – a large MN mainstream paper.

In addition to other recent events he’s covered, there’s a new feature called Asian Americans: My First Protest, where he features Asian Americans and their first protest experience. 

Share your own story, and check out the The Blaog!


My First Protest- Featured: Sahra Nguyen, Michelle Myers, and Katie Ka Vang

More about Bao Phi: Performance poet, community activist

“Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. Read more about Bao Phi.”

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Social Justice Philanthropy Resources (via

from Rosetta Thurman’s blog: a recent discussion and a roundup of links to resources on Social Justice Philanthropy below…

Real Talk About Race and its Impact on Social Justice Philanthropy”

“… a frank discussion about the current dynamics of social justice philanthropy, and how race, in particular, impacts this work in the nonprofit sector. How much progress has been made in this arena of social change? What’s happening right now? Guests include:

What do we already know about social justice philanthropy? It seems that there is a definite distinction between it and what we might call “traditional philanthropy.” But how is it defined? A 2003 whitepaper from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) contains this definition:

Social justice philanthropy is the practice of making contributions to nonprofit organizations that work for structural change and increase the opportunity of those who are less well off politically, economically and socially.

As well as the assertion that:

NCRP believes that social justice philanthropy involves giving to create a more equitable distribution of power — to truly reform institutions so that the need for chronic charity is eliminated. This, we believe, is the most important role that philanthropy plays in our democracy.

Beyond those basic ideas, though, social justice philanthropy seems open to interpretation, a sentiment echoed by Albert Ruesga in several articles below. And why do we need to talk about race along with social justice philanthropy? Because, as we all know, people of color have historically been disadvantaged, or less well off politically, economically and socially. The real question is, can we NOT talk about race as part of this work?

“Here are more than a few good resources to continue our thinking about social justice philanthropy: what it is, what it’s not, and what it could be.”

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Advancing Justice Conference, AAPIs Building New Foundations for Civil Rights ~ 10/29 – 10/30 in LA

Featured panelists at this event include speakers from some of the NGEC’s OFP organizations:  KGA, SAN, KRC, & CPA!

Visit the Advancing Justice site for all the details and scroll down for more information on specific workshops.

Advancing Justice 2009

“The Advancing Justice Conference is an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference, expected to draw several hundred individuals from across the country. The conference aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers and other leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common challenges and find ways to work collaboratively.

Taking place over two days, the conference covers a variety of issues including: immigration reform and enforcement, immigrant integration, human rights, civil rights and national security, health care, Census 2010, redistricting, low-wage workers, hate crimes, and LGBT rights. It also includes presentations on corporate and foundation fundraising, new media, community organizing, board and commission participation, capacity building, and intergroup collaboration.

The Advancing Justice Conference is a joint project by the Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles).”

A few workshops to note:

Civil Rights at the Intersections of Gender Identity, Sexuality, Immigration and Race

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 2:15 – 3:45
Place: Room 6, First Floor
Workshop Track: Civil & Human Rights

This workshop will explore intersections between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) struggles and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights agenda, with a goal of promoting greater inclusion of LGBT issues by Asian American and Pacific Islander allied organizations and advocates. Speakers will cover issues such as the parallels between the efforts to ban marriage between same-sex partners and earlier laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the similar struggles of undocumented immigrants and transgender individuals, and the efforts to raise the concerns of same-sex binational couples in both the marriage equality and immigration reform movements. An allied organization will also discuss its challenges to support LGBT issues in a community that is highly religious.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a California State Bar certified provider of MCLE credits and this workshop has been approved for 1 hour of credit. To receive California MCLE credit, attorneys must pay an additional $10 per workshop that offers MCLE credit. Payment collected separately onsite.


Ben de Guzman
Co-Director of Programs
National Queer API Alliance
Yongho Kim
Civic Participation Coordinator
Korean Resource Center
Hector Vargas
Deputy Director, Education and Public Affairs
Lambda Legal
Karin Wang
Vice President of Programs
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
(Workshop Moderator)
Doreena Wong
Asian/Pacific Islander Queer Women/Transgender Activists
Shin-Ming Wong
Helpline Attorney
National Center for Lesbian Rights

Organizing Low-Wage Workers and Fighting for Justice

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Place: Room 3, First Floor

Asian immigrant workers throughout the United States face numerous obstacles to fair wages, equal treatment and safe and healthy working conditions. In response, low-wage workers and their advocates have fought for justice through the courts, governmental agencies and organizing. Advocates focusing on problems in the taxi industry, home care workers, guestworkers and restaurant workers will share the effective strategies they have successfully engaged to address the unique challenges facing each community.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a California State Bar certified provider of MCLE credits and this workshop has been approved for 1 hour of credit. To receive California MCLE credit, attorneys must pay an additional $10 per workshop that offers MCLE credit. Payment collected separately onsite.


Yungsuhn Park
Staff Attorney
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
(Workshop Moderator)
Jennifer Rosenbaum
Legal Director
New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
Sentayehu Silassie
Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance
Aquilina Soriano
Executive Director
Pilipino Workers Center
Alex Tom
Chinese Progressive Association

National Security and Civil Rights

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Place: Room 5, First Floor

Since September 11, 2001, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Americans (AMEMSA) have come face to face with racial and religious discrimination with disturbing regularity. From the workplace to schools to the United States border, these communities are subjected to higher levels of scrutiny and suspicion in the name of national security. This workshop will showcase how community members and advocates are working to reverse the trends in laws, policies and attitudes that have endangered the civil rights and civil liberties of all.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a California State Bar certified provider of MCLE credits and this workshop has been approved for 1 hour of credit. To receive California MCLE credit, attorneys must pay an additional $10 per workshop that offers MCLE credit. Payment collected separately onsite.


Sameer Ahmed
Skadden Fellow
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Veena Dubal
Staff Attorney
Asian Law Caucus
(Workshop Moderator)
Nadeen Elshorafa
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Hamid Khan
Executive Director
South Asian Network

Capacity Building For Small Organizations

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 2:15 – 3:45
Place: Room 5, First Floor
Workshop Track: Capacity Building

Small community-based organizations often have challenges in getting off the ground, particularly in difficult economic times. This session will discuss board development and volunteer management tools to enable small organizations to grow and expand.


Jury Candelario
Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
Deborah Ching
Nonprofit Consulting Group
Preeti Kulkarni
Board Member
Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
Tuyet Le
Executive Director
Asian American Institute
(Workshop Moderator)

Don’t be Left Behind: Get the Buzz on Integrating New Media Techniques into Your Work

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
Time: 2:15 – 3:45
Place: Room 5, First Floor

The Obama Campaign revolutionized online communications that ultimately led him and his team to the White House. In California’s gubernatorial race, candidates have already demonstrated the importance of this phenomenon as they announce their candidacy. From galvanizing the community to outreaching to potential donors, online communications are becoming more essential to organizational success. It offers community-based organizations timely and cost-effective opportunities to reach their target audiences. It’s not just a trend of the future; it has established itself as the 21st century industry standard. How can your organization develop these mediums to reach its goals? Where does your organization start? Where can it improve? Join us to answer these questions and learn about how your organization can use this interactive, participatory medium—such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, action alerts, YouTube and podcasts—to build fresh communications strategies and strengthen constituent support. Participants will learn about online communications tools available at minimal or no cost, gain insight into which online techniques will best meet your goals, receive materials and recommendations for further resources, and participate in a world-class discussion with the industry’s experts.


Ted Fang
Keith Kamisugi
Director of Communications
Equal Justice Society
Peter Swing
Director of Communications and Donor Relations
Asian Law Caucus
(Workshop Moderator)
Jen Wang
Phil Yu
Creator and Editor

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