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Dis/orient/ed Comedy

May 22, 2014

To our giving circle members and friends, our community partners at APA Film is bringing Dis/orient/ed Comedy–the first-ever all female (mostly), Asian American stand up comedy tour–to DC, Friday, June 6 at The Burke Theater in the US Navy Memorial!

The Cherry Blossom Giving Circle will be there as a community sponsor, and we hope you can join us! Use “CBGCDC” as your discount code to purchase pre-sale tickets at for $7 off tickets.

The DC SHOW is expected to sell out so be sure to purchase your tickets online!

  • Friday, June 6 -at 7 pm
  • Burke Theatre at Navy Memorial: 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC (Archives/Navy Memorial Metro)
  • Buy tickets:
    • $25 General Admission Tickets
    • $18 Pre-sale Tickets (PROMO CODE: “CBGCDC”)
    • Group Tickets available for $15 for groups of 10 or more!

DC: Dis/orient/ed Comedy is co-presented by DC Asian Pacific American Film (DCAPAFILM) and will benefit the DC Asian Pacific American film, media, and entertainment community.

Tomorrow! Happy hour with the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle

April 29, 2014

Don’t forget that our happy hour/networking event is tomorrow night–Wednesday, April 30! We look forward to catching up with old friends and making some new ones. Hope to see you there!

  • When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6-8 pm
  • Where: Madhatter Bar and Restaurant, 2nd floor, 1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW DC (Closest Metro: Dupont Circle or Farragut North on the Red line, and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines)
  • Questions: Email us at

Come and learn about giving circles and community philanthropy

April 22, 2014

Join us for a happy hour/networking event on Wednesday, April 30, and meet new friends! All are welcome!

  • When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6-8 pm
  • Where: Madhatter Bar and Restaurant, 2nd floor, 1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW DC (Closest Metro: Dupont Circle or Farragut North on the Red line, and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines)

Bring a friend or two, and stop by! If you have any questions, please email us at

The past few months have been very busy for the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle. We’ve attended several local community events, including the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) Annual benefit dinner, the AA Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) benefit, the Asian American Success Youthcon Scholarship luncheon, and OCA-DC’s Talk Story event fundraiser. Check out photos from these events and more on our Facebook page!

Upcoming events from our grantees

March 17, 2014
  • Celebrate the success of our youth at  AASuccess’s 2014 YouthCon Scholarship Award Ceremony Luncheon

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 from  11:00 am – 2:00 pm at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School Upper School Campus (1000 St. Stephen’s Road, Alexandria, VA 22304), AA Successone of our grantees in 2013–is recognizing and rewarding the students who have made an impact to the community and acknowledging their hard work and efforts throughout the year.

AA Success grants annual awards to deserving students to encourage scholarship, community service, and leadership. The scholarship awards are funded by AA Success, their Business Support Community (BSC) partners, and their generous sponsors and donors. At the luncheon, finalists of the 2014 YouthCon Scholarship will be awarded prizes totaling $5,000.
RSVP here!

  • Intern with the Asian-American Homeownership Counseling, Inc. (AAHC)

Asian American Homeownership Counseling, Inc. (AAHC)another one of our grantees in 2013–is a 501(c)(3) non-profit housing counseling agency dedicated to the stabilization and invigoration of the housing economy in Maryland, DC and Virginia. They are looking for a full-time intern to provide administrative and other support as part of the AAHC team to strengthen communities by embracing a comprehensive revitalization approach to personal asset development and community growth. Interns have an opportunity to work on advocacy, education, development, investment and technical support.
Read more and apply at

  • Save the date for DVRP’s APA Heritage Month Celebration!

The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)–one of our grantees in 2010 and in 2012–will be holding an APA Heritage Month Celebration on Thursday, May 15 from 6 – 9 pm at Room and Board (1840 14th Street NW).

Save the date!

March 5, 2014

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region–our fiscal host–is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on Monday, March 17 at The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of Arena Stage (1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC). The evening will feature performances by local nonprofits and artists; networking with funders, colleagues, elected officials, community stakeholders, & friends; an open bar featuring spirits, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails; and passed hors d’oeuvres & delicious food stations. Tickets are more information are available at

FWLogoSave the date to join us and others at the Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk on Saturday, April 5 at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism (New Jersey Ave, Louisiana Ave, and D St NW, closest Metro: Union Station). This historical and cultural event raises awareness about the Japanese American experience during World War II and to highlight the vigilant role that American citizens must continue to play in preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans. The Memorial was built as a lasting tribute to the more than 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who served with great distinction in the U.S. Military. The Memorial also pays tribute to the more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were unjustly relocated in American confinement sites during World War II and is also a testament to our nation’s greatness that it does not fear to acknowledge its mistakes.

DTSB_Fall_2013Also be sure to save the date for Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company’s performance at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 pm and 2:30pm. He is currently the Gallery’s Choreographer-in-Residence and will be premiering a new work. The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company was one of our grantees in 2011 for its arts program that reached out to high school youth in DC.

AAPIP  is partnering with the Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) to hold the Joint Affinity Groups Unity Summit on Friday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8 in Washington, DC. This year, JAG will celebrate 20 years of working on the frontlines for change in philanthropy at the Unity Summit. The summit’s goals are to:

  • Build a new movement that taps the power of demographic changes that are transforming the US in the 21st century
  • Join the call to work collaboratively to create a more equitable society
  • Help increase the number of foundations committed to eliminating disparities across race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability

Register today at!

News round-up

February 17, 2014
  • Read the Washington Post‘s enthusiastic review of the recent performances by the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, one of our 2011 grantees, at the Kennedy Center:

    How powerful art is when it shows us our spiritual self, the part that gazes beyond this tottering world for meaning. Dance, with its embodied emotion, is optimal for this. The best dance pieces register with an immediacy that is like an ancient knowledge, a shared language of gesture and feeling that transcends the stage and inspires the imagination.

    But to do all that simply is the Holy Grail. There were magnificent glimpses of such simplicity in Dana Tai Soon Burgess’s works, performed Friday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

    Read the full review.

  • Watch the newest video from AAPIP’s National Giving Circle Campaign and its celebration of 10 years of dreamers and doers! We are a proud member of the National Giving Circle Campaign and receives matching grants to increase support to our recipient community organizations.
  • Congratulations to the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) and Many Languages One Voice for receiving capacity-building grants from the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.  We awarded grants to DVRP in 2010 and 2012 and to Many Languages One Voice in 2011. Congratulations also to AA Lead for receiving OAPIA’s first ever Vietnamese American Youth Empowerment (VAYE) grant! Read more on the OAPIA website.
  • Attend the “Day of Remembrance” tribute to Gordon Hirabayashi on Wednesday, February 19 at the National Association of Broadcasters (1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036). JACL National and JACL DC will host a reception at 5:30 pm and the staging of an excerpt from Hold These Truths at 6:45 pm. This is Jeanne Sakata’s acclaimed one-man play about Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Gordon Hirabayashi and his legal battle against the Japanese American internment during WWII. A Q&A with the playwright and performer, moderated by Dr. Scott Kurashige (University of Michigan), will follow the performance. The event is produced in collaboration with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Please contact Tara Ohrtman at with questions.

Congratulations again to our grantees! Check out photos from the celebration

February 10, 2014

Congratulations once again to our four grantees from 2013. We had a great time celebrating with them and giving them the grant checks on January 29.

Members of the giving circle with representatives from Asian American Success (AA Success), which is based in Falls Church, VA. Grant funds will support the operational and administrative costs of providing critical life skills training and coaching to underserved minority students. Check out AA Success’s blog post on our grant.



Members of the giving circle with representatives from Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS), which is based in the DC area. Grant funds will support a screening and discussion of the film “No Look Pass” and will support operational costs to participate in the annual Pride Parade.



Members of the giving circle with a representative from the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC (HBI-DC), which based in Washington, DC. Grant funds will support hepatitis B education, screening, vaccination, and treatment referrals to AAPI communities.



Members of the giving circle with representatives from the Asian-American Homeownership Counseling Inc. (AAHC), which is based in DC, VA, and MD. Grant funds will support foreclosure prevention and financial education programs.



Some of the many members of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle



Some of the many members of the MASALA Giving Circle



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