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Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.

Through the Community Leadership Project, AAPIP supports the Civic Engagement Fund for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities and makes core operating support grants to 13 AMEMSA-led nonprofit organizations. The Civic Engagement Fund supports capacity building for AMEMSA-led nonprofit organizations through a blend of core operating support grants, technical assistance and peer learning opportunities.

Region Served: Greater San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

Total Award: $350,000

Program Details:
One Community Leadership Project-funded grantee received a grant of $25,000 to support network building, and 12 grantees received grants of $10,000 to participate in learning circles. Civic Engagement Fund staff convened the full group of grantees for the first time in November 2010. With the help of this grantee cohort and an advisory group, the Civic Engagement Fund identified three key issue areas for collective action: immigrant/refugee rights, political and civic engagement, and civil rights and liberties.

Work in each issue area is led by one of the network-building grantees. Each learning circle grantee chose an issue area, and convenes a group that meets six times each year to discuss strategies for community engagement and collective action. The Civic Engagement Fund convenes the entire grantee cohort three times per year.

Grantees Funded:

Project Launched: Spring 2010


Project Contact:
Laila Mehta
(415) 263-9965