AAPIP 2016 National Network Convening & Annual Meeting

On June 10, 2016, AAPIP held an all-day meeting that brought together a wide range of funders/stakeholders from the philanthropic sector to network, learn about AAPIP’s new strategic directions, engage in relevant program sessions and celebrate our successful 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign.


  1. To kick off the weekend, the AAPIP New York Chapter hosted a discussion focusing on the impact of the model minority myth on the AAPI community and current efforts to address it. Panelists included Brennan Gang (Korean American Community Foundation), Amardeep Singh (Open Society Foundation), and Vivian Tseng (William T. Grant Foundation and AAPIP Board Member-Elect). The discussion was moderated by Maya Iwata (National Economic and Social Rights Institute and AAPIP New York Chapter Co-Chair).
  2. As part of our pre-convening activities on Thursday, June 9, the AAPIP New York Chapter hosted four Dine Arounds, where participants from AAPIP's network connected with diverse sectors to learn more about local community issues and challenges impacting the AAPI community, and how they are being addressed.
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  4. In partnership with Philanthropy New York, the AAPIP New York Chapter organized a breakfast conversation on Friday, June 10, with Philip Li, President & CEO of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Lisa Philp, Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy at the Foundation Center and former Board Chair of AAPIP, stewarded the discussion. Philip shared his reflections on leadership by talking about his own journey in philanthropy, and offered insights on the opportunities and challenges ahead for navigating a new age of leadership.
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  6. AAPIP National Network Convening & Annual Meeting @ Convene

  7. The AAPIP Network gathered together at Convene Times Square on Friday, June 10, for a day of conversation, networking, and learning. Kyung Yoon, one of our board members and a former AAPIP New York Chapter co-chair, welcomed everyone to the event and helped set the mood for the engaging day ahead.
  8. Special thanks to our supporters who made the convening possible: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wells Fargo, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
  9. We asked our attendees to think throughout the day about how they are "building our philanthropy." As part of this exercise and our opening plenary, several members of our network from across philanthropy shared their moving personal statements. Here are some of their stories.