This month, as philanthropy offers solidarity to AAPI philanthropic leaders and communities, we’re taking a closer look at AAPI-directed philanthropy...
- AAPIP’s newly-released Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities finds that foundation funding designated for AAPI communities accounts for only 0.20 percent of all US grantmaking and has remained stagnant even as both the AAPI population in the United States and overall philanthropic giving have risen.
- AAPI Data’s State of Philanthropy among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, released in September 2020, echoes the findings of AAPIP’s report and makes a number of recommendations to foundations to strengthen AAPI philanthropy, including developing and supporting AAPI-specific pooled funds, prioritizing language access and underserved AAPI populations, and funding intersectional and coalitional work.
We’re also continuing to look at the ways that philanthropy can and should use the upheaval of the past year as an impetus for long-term change and marking Women's History Month alongside EPIP chapters and members from across the country by reflecting on the power of self-advocacy and the need for institutions to make space for that advocacy to flourish.Read more
As we prepare for the 2021 EPIP National Conference, we're thrilled to be working with a group of dedicated and passionate leaders who are helping to shape the conference experience. The 29 members of the 2021 Conference Committee hail from organizations across the country and throughout the sector. We thank them for bringing their emergent leadership, lived experiences, and commitment to equity and justice to our conference planning process.Read more
March may be almost over, but EPIP chapter events are in full swing! Join EPIP chapters for both community and learning - visit an art museum, take a deep dive into how to identify and combat microaggressions, learn from a philanthropic leader about advocacy, or grab some (virtual) coffee with fellow philanthrofolk!Read more
The past year has brought a devastating increase in hateful speech and violence towards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities throughout the United States. One incident of anti-AAPI hate is too many, and there have been nearly 3800 incidents documented by Stop AAPI Hate between March 2020 and March 2021 alone. EPIP condemns anti-AAPI violence and the racist hatred that it comes from, which continues to threaten and assault BIPOC communities.
This senseless racist and xenophobic violence has been inflamed by hateful political rhetoric, but builds on an abhorrent legacy of anti-Asian sentiment that is part and parcel of white supremacist culture and dogma in America. We decry these hateful beliefs and join in solidarity with our AAPI members, AAPI communities, and all who oppose racism, hatred, and violence. We also call on the philanthropic community to include AAPI organizations and communities in its efforts to advance social justice and achieve racial equity.
Please join us in condemning the violence and supporting AAPI people and communities. We offer the resources below as a starting point.Read more
This month, we’re celebrating Black History Month by lifting up reading that brings an equity analysis to philanthropy.
- Building Movement Project marked Black History Month with a resource list for non-Black co-conspirators to use to take action in support of Black leaders and leadership, while PEAK Grantmaking made the Black Voices in Grants Management issue of the PEAK Grantmaking Journal freely open to the public.
- Nick Tilsen of NDN Collective wrote in SSIR about the importance of investing in Indigenous self-determination and building Indigenous power by centering community-driven solutions.
- Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) decried the recent rise in anti-Asian violence, repudiating violence against Asian American communities and calling on grantmakers to include AAPI organizations in their grantmaking profiles.
We’re also getting actionable advice from leaders in the sector and exploring the resources shared by EPIP chapters across the country....Read more
A Message from Anthony Simmons - EPIP Advisory Board Chair:
As this year’s Black History Month comes to its conclusion, I am taking the theme of EPIP’s 20th Anniversary, Re/Imagine, as an invitation to reimagine Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland’s intent to promote the achievements by America’s descendants of the African Diaspora. Beyond the opportunity to recognize those great iconic legends – like Garrett Morgan, Dr. Charles Drew, Fannie Lou Hamer, the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and appreciate their contributions to American society, I now wonder: what does Black history mean to me personally? What is my own Black history?Read more
This summer, the EPIP community will come together for the signature event of our 20th Anniversary:
The EPIP 2021 National Virtual Conference
June 7th - 11th, 2021
We are currently looking for session proposals for the conference. See below to learn more about our conference theme, tracks, and session formats, or click here for a PDF of the application.
Our call for sessions is now closed - thank you for your contributions!Read more
This month, join EPIP chapters to talk about building a better sector, whether it's by examining power dynamics between grantmakers and non-profits, learning from the journey of leaders and changemakers in the sector, focusing on the importance of racial justice within philanthropic leadership, or thinking through the ways that philanthropy can help make the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out an equitable one.
EPIP is also thrilled to be partnering with ABFE on an in-depth workshop on Centering Racial Equity in Grantmaking. We hope you'll join us on Thursday, February 25th to learn more about the tools that can be used to support racial equity grantmaking.Read more
What is leadership? A year ago, when I accepted the role as EPIP’s Executive Director, I sat with this question for quite some time, reflecting on the models of leadership that I had seen held up as exemplary.
Leaders are fearless.
Leaders are confident.
Leaders are focused, stoic, unflappable, and always poised.
Those models didn’t resonate with me, though. And as the year went on, and the events of 2020 came crashing down upon us like unrelenting waves upon the shore, I realized why. Any model of leadership which removes the fullness of human emotions for the sake of performing perfection was more isolating than it was liberating. I wanted more than that for myself, more than that for EPIP, and more than that for the work ahead of us.Read more
Philanthropy and the social sector grapple with the wake of the recent Capitol insurrection and presidential inauguration...
- In Inside Philanthropy, Mike Scutari looks at the role that philanthropy could have played in fighting misinformation and the tools and resources that can be used in this effort going forward.
- In Nonprofit Quarterly, Crystal Hayling calls for the transfer of power to Black women, communities of color, and lasting movement work.
- Vu Lee reminds us on Nonprofit AF that the collective trauma we have experienced over the last year and beyond may continue to reverberate for some time to come.
...and the turning of the calendar year gives us the opportunity to look back at 2020 to see how philanthropy has stepped up and where to go from here.
- The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Foundations Respond to Crisis reports find that foundations have shifted in their giving and practices in response to COVID-19 and the fight for racial justice.
- TCC Group’s report Approaching the Intersection: Will a Global Pandemic and National Movement for Racial Justice Take Philanthropy Beyond Its Silos?, however, argues that moving beyond funding silos, even in this time of crisis, will require fundamental changes in the way philanthropy operates and sees its role.