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Call to Action: California API groups mobilize for Arizona May 28-29

compiled by Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Capacity Building Manager

The passage of Arizona S.B. 1070–a bill that gives authorization to police officers to stop any person they think is undocumented—last month has prompted national outcry.  Many of the organizations in the National Gender & Equity Campaign’s Organization Fellowship Program are actively involved in efforts to repeal SB 1070 and stand in solidarity with targeted communities in Arizona.

This weekend–May 29, 2010, people of conscience from throughout the United States and Phoenix will march in the tens of thousands to the State Capitol to demand justice in the face of legalized discrimination and hate. They will demand that President Obama stand on the right side of history and take immediate and concrete action to stop SB1070.

At least two API delegations are being organized from California—from the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and there are a number of local actions being planned.  Below, please find more information about how you can get involved:

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2010 Advancing Justice Conference (AAPIs United In Strength) June 23-25 Alexandria, VA

2010 Advancing Justice Conference

Coming up next month!

June 23 – June 25, 2010

“The Advancing Justice Conference is a national civil rights and social justice conference that 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.

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).”

AJC Workshop Tracks include:

Register online by June 2nd for their early bird discount

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OFP Cohort Progress & Learnings – Year One

NGEC JourneyAs part of our ongoing learning and broader community sharing, the NGEC staff is sharing a few key reflections about the 1st year of our capacity building approach, process and tools  from the NGEC  Organizational Fellowship Program cohort.

Knowing that there isn’t “one model” for change, we’re actively documenting the questions, processes and challenges of our cohort that offer “signs of progress.”

See the full text here:

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

Visit the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s website for full details:

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

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

(reposting via 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.


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

Atashi Chakravarty, Executive Director

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Nov 5th in San Jose ~ “Finding the Words Translating API/LGBT Issues Into Action”

FREE (donations are welcome!)

November 5, 2009 | Registration Begins 6:30 PM | Event 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
United Way Bldg., Rm. 105
1922 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

” LGBT issues are API issues. Find out how immigration and marriage equality affect our communities and how conversations about these issues are lost in translation.

Panel includes representatives from API Equality, Out4Immigration and Song That Radio.  For more information or to RSVP, go to”

South Bay First Thursdays is a monthly dinner series for people in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors interested in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA&PI) community issues and service opportunities. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and understanding through educational events, focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Trying to get Cambodia Town off the ground —

Trying to get Cambodia Town off the ground –

November 1, 2009

Photo caption from LA Times:  “Shops cater to the estimated 50,000 Cambodian Americans in Long Beach. Activists want businesses, through an improvement district, to pay for signs, increased security, street cleaning and landscaping in a bid to attract tourists. (Christina House / For The Times / October 24, 2009)”

Read full article here >> “Trying to get Cambodia Town off the ground” —

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