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OFP cohort member news: SAN’s 20th Anniversary on October 23rd, 2010

Congratulations to our friends at the South Asian Network on your 20th Anniversary!

SAN's 20th Anniversary

SAN's 20th Anniversary

The Journey to Justice Continues

Come celebrate with South Asian Network on October 23rd and continue the journey with us to justice!  Join us with invited speaker Kiran Ahuja, a performance by Shyamala Moorty, and special presentations journeying through SAN’s past years and the years to come.

Event info >

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President Obama Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Earlier this year, NGEC’s 12 OFP cohort organizations convened in New Orleans and met community leaders from VAYLA-NO,  Father Vien from Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, and S. Leo Chiang (the director of A Village Called Versailles).

Check out the great post below via about Monday’s AAPI Heritage Month celebration at the White House which featured Father Vien.

This past Monday, President Obama hosted a reception at the White House celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Amongst the honored guests was Father Vien of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans, who was profiled in an excellent documentary which I saw earlier this year at a film festival called A Village Called Versailles. The film, which is part of PBS’s Independent Lens series, will be airing this Tuesday, May 25th on PBS and follows the Vietnamese American community awakening politically in the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina. Now, Father Vien and others are fighting another crisis in New Orleans. The BP oil spill has hugely impacted the Southeast Asian/Vietnamese American fishermen who make up 35-45% of the fishing industry along the Gulf Coast.

Read more about our OFP Convening in New Orleans.

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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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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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The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change Feb 3–7

FYI, an upcoming LGBT equality conference.   The info below is from the Creating Change website:

Think Big and Live Large at Creating Change in Dallas, Texas! –The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in beautiful downtown Dallas, Texas, Feb. 3 – 7, 2010. Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Creating Change Conference (as it is affectionately known) is the nation’s pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has been the opportunity for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBT movement and allied movements for justice and equality.

The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build our movement’s political power from the ground up to secure our overarching goal of full equality, social justice and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States.

Please join us!
Upwards of 2000 people attend the Creating Change Conference from all over the United States, with a few attendees from other countries. Attendees include:

  • people just like you who are creating change every day
  • young and old activists
  • organizers and activists of color
  • paid and unpaid staff people at LGBT political or community organizations
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates and straight allies
  • elected and appointed officials
  • leaders of campus communities and local community centers.

Creating Change is an annual gathering of organizers and activists working to create a world in which our sexual orientations and gender expressions will be welcomed and celebrated. Please join us in Dallas, Feb. 3 – 7, 2010!

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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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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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