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Repost: 11 Ways Forward this Lunar New Year

January 25, 2023

A horrendous tragedy occurred during a time when many Asian people were coming together to celebrate with loved ones, be joyous, and look toward good fortune and health. The shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay have left us reeling. We are sharing this post and resources from Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) in hopes that they help you or loved ones be in community or find support to process these tragedies.

The original post can be found here on AAPIP’s website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

At a time when many of us have prepared to welcome abundance and prosperity, many of our community are feeling heartbroken, waking to the horrific news of yet more mass shootings experienced within Asian American communities in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay. Many in our communities are reeling from these events during Lunar New Year, at the height of a most celebrated time, particularly for Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese families. 

At AAPIP, our hearts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in these senseless acts of violence. Our communities are feeling the heavy cumulative weight of this tragedy while still healing from an endless series of assaults that have targeted our communities, which have spiked dramatically since the start of the pandemic due to increased xenophobia and anti-Asian scapegoating. This violence was preventable, and we call for philanthropic responses to support the victims and families while simultaneously doubling down on support for mental health care and gun control.

As we at AAPIP process yet another mass shooting, in regions where AAPIP has chapters, we honor the 11 lives that were lost in Monterey Park and 7 lost in Half Moon Bay this Lunar New Year by offering ways for you to balance the heaviness of this moment while finding hope and healing for yourself and our communities during this time.

  1. Attend to your personal needs, especially your emotional health. Here’s what the American Counseling Association recommends in terms of coping in the aftermath of a shooting.
  2. Attend a collective healing or community grief space (see Resources below).
  3. Connect with a friend or loved one whom you haven’t been in touch with recently. Tell them how much they mean to you.
  4. Organize and hold a space at work to process what you are experiencing individually and as a collective.
  5. Spark a conversation about how your institution is supporting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) communities in its grantmaking.
  6. Connect with your local AAPIP Chapter and advocate within your foundation to mobilize more resources to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
  7. Educate others about the history of and nuances of the AA & NH/PI experience.
  8. Learn about and share with others the examples of how communities of color have supported one another in times of crisis.
  9. Give time and talent by volunteering with an AA & NH/PI serving nonprofit.
  10. Support AA & NH/PI nonprofit communities through donations and mutual aid. Monterey Park Support Fund. Half Moon Bay Support Fund.
  11. Advocate for and support policies which protect our communities, including stricter gun laws. 77% of Asian Americans agree that we need stricter gun laws, per this study.

Resources:

This is not intended to be a comprehensive resource list and therefore will not always be the most up-to-date list of resources out there. We encourage you to continue monitoring the organizations and pages below for more information. 

Announcing our 2022 Grantees

December 13, 2022

We are so excited to share our 2022 Grantees with you. As we shared in our grant opportunity announcement, the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle has been on a journey to support more organizations and projects that are focused on anti-racism and equity work in the DC metro area. This year, our donors donated over $6,000 that we are granting to three organizations, two of whom are first time grantees of the Giving Circle! Read more about each organization below, and stay tuned for an event in early 2023 that will bring together donors and nonprofits.

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

https://www.dvrp.org/

The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) is a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Their mission is to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. The Cherry Blossom Giving Circle’s support will help DVRP in providing essential support to provide trauma informed, culturally specific services. In their application, DVRP shared:

“Our mission and vision relies on a deep commitment to racial equity. It is our belief that through allyship with fellow BIPOC communities that we can together sustainably advance an end to gendered-based violence in all communities and intimately contribute to advancing equity.”

— Krittika Ghosh, Executive Director, DVRP

Common Good City Farm

https://www.commongoodcityfarm.org/

Common Good City Farm’s mission is to sustain and support a more equitable community through growing, learning, cooking, and sharing fresh food together. Their purpose is to work with our neighbors in nurturing a sustainable community space grounded in food justice, education, and connection. Through their Farm Market, they serve many Chinese residents who travel from Chinatown to shop at our Farm Market using Produce Plus (food access program funded by DC Health that provides income-qualifying residents funds to purchase produce at farmers markets). In the past, they have had the support of a Market Champion as well as a staff member who provided some language interpretation support, and the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle’s funding will help them continue to these Chinese residents through language interpretation services at the Farm Market.

“While accessibility and inclusiveness guide our work, we know that removing barriers to access is not sufficient to ensure equity. We will provide ongoing avenues for input, representation, and decision-making for all community members, especially those most impacted by food injustice, to furthering our own education on how to build an equitable food system, and to creating an equitable organizational culture.”

— Josephine Chu, Interim Executive Director, Common Good City Farm

Mother’s Outreach Network

https://mothersoutreachnetwork.org

Mother’s Outreach Network (MON) is a nonprofit advocacy organization that advances racial justice, combats racism, and dismantles systemic racism in the DMV area. Specifically, MON is dedicated to advancing the inclusion and empowerment of parents, particularly Black mothers, in the struggle for family preservation by transforming government income and child welfare laws, policies and practices from punitive to empowering. MON challenges racist, counterproductive government policies and practices that hold families in poverty. MON alternatively offers humane, financially sound, and effective solutions for sustainable government programs that alleviate family crises and allow children to stay safely with their natural families. Working to transform government income and child welfare laws, policies and practices, MON works to keep families whole, stable, and economically secure.

Announcing our 2022 Grant Cycle

October 13, 2022

Last year, the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle announced a new vision for our grantmaking, which we plan to continue. For our 2022 grant cycle, our grantmaking is to support organizations and projects that are focused on anti-racism work and advancing equity. We draw inspiration from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), who issued a call for solidarity and collective action last year. In particular, we are drawing inspiration from these commitments: “We commit to supporting work that dismantles racist and sexist narratives and opposes efforts to pit communities of color against each other. … We commit to making the pie bigger and combatting systemic racism by working with multiracial coalitions and funding organizations in communities of color, including those led by and serving Asian Americans.”

What does this mean for prospective grantees?

We will select our 2022 grantees based on a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial justice, combating racism, and dismantling systemic racism in the DMV area. Organizations we are looking to fund include:

  • 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are addressing anti-Asian racism and supporting restorative and healing spaces for people impacted by anti-Asian racism
  • AAPI-led 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are working on standing in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color 
  • 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are building power of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

Examples of anti-racist work that we will fund can include (and is not limited to):

  • Building civic power and protecting the voting rights of the AAPI community.
  • Educating DMV residents to connect the histories and cultures of AAPI ethnicities with the historical and current policies in America that resulted in the inequities present today.
  • Raising awareness on the unique social issues that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Providing restorative services in communities with immediate needs related to anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • Promoting solidarity efforts between Asian-owned small businesses and local communities/residents

We know that organizations might be at very different stages in the work they do or want to do to combat racism and advance equity. We are looking for a sense of real commitment to the work and hope applicants will share their vision for a more equitable and just DMV area and how they want to contribute to achieving that vision. 

What does this mean for donors?

We hope you will join us in this new direction and give generously to support anti-racism work and advance racial equity in the DMV area. By being a part of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle, we hope you’ll learn more about the work that organizations are hoping to do to address anti-Asian racism, build solidarity with other communities of color, and advance equity. We also hope that this new direction will encourage donors to think about how they can continue to show up every day to advance equity. 

Donate any amount to become a member of our “giver’s circle”. If you donate $250 or more, you are eligible to vote on the selection committee that selects our grantee(s) for the year. All donations are tax-deductible. Donate today through the Greater Washington Community Foundation by using the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle’s donation site.

2022 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • Now through November 18, 2022 — Cherry Blossom Giving Circle will be encouraging past and prospective donors to give.
  • October 17: The grant application period opens Prospective grantees can apply for our 2022 grant cycle here. Grants requests will be accepted through a Google form link. You can see a draft grant application here, questions will remain virtually identical to the 2021 application.
  • November 23: The grant application period closes.
  • Mid-November: Grant review period for voting members, with time to reach back out to grantees with any follow-up questions. 
  • Beginning of December:  Alert applicants about grant decisions

Our Amazing 2021 Grantees: Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and AQUA DC

March 20, 2022

At the peak of cherry blossom season in the DMV area, it seems like the perfect time to announce our 2021 grantees: AQUA DC and the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company! As we shared last year, we have been seeking to use our grantmaking to support organizations and projects focused on anti-racism work and advancing equity in the DMV area. From a pool of strong applicants, we chose to evenly split our $5,000 pooled funds between these two organizations focusing on two underrepresented groups in AAPI funding streams. 

We encourage everyone to watch the short videos below of our grantees talking about their work and to get involved to support both of these amazing organizations and projects:

AQUA DC 

Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA) is a volunteer-based social and advocacy organization for the queer and transgender members of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To achieve this overall vision, AQUA works closely with other API and queer-identified organizations through advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support events.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company

DTSBDC is Washington, DC’s preeminent modern dance company celebrating its 29th anniversary this year, and its virtual and in-person performances are focused on social justice issues. To combat anti-Asian American racism, DTSBDC launched The Slant Podcast, where prolific Asian American artists, writers, and thinkers explore questions about race, identity, and creating in America.

What’s in store for 2022?

As a Giving Circle, we used to have both social events and formal grantee award convenings before the pandemic hit. We are excited to share that we planning an informal networking event outdoors this May for everyone who is or wants to be involved with the Giving Circle – donors, grantees, friends, and anyone else interested in meeting other AAPIs in the DMV area. We hope you’ll stay tuned for more details and join us in the Spring!

Grant application deadline extended to November 5

October 21, 2021

There is still time to apply for a 2021 grant from the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle. We are extending our grant application deadline and will accept grant applications through November 5.

We will select our 2021 grantees based on a demonstrated commitment or vision to advance racial justice, combating racism, and dismantling systemic racism in the DMV area. We know that organizations might be at very different stages in the work they do or want to do to combat racism and advance equity. We are looking more for a sense of real commitment to the work and hope applicants will share their vision for a more equitable and just DMV area and how they want to contribute to achieving that vision.

Examples of anti-racist work that we will fund can include (and is not limited to):

  • Building civic power and protecting voting rights of the AAPI community.
  • Educating DMV residents to connect the histories and cultures of AAPI ethnicities with the historical and current policies in America that resulted in the inequities present today.
  • Raising awareness on the unique social issues that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Providing restorative services in communities with immediate needs related to anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • Promoting solidarity efforts between Asian-owned small business and local communities/residents.

Grants must be submitted via this Google form. You can see a PDF of application questions to help with the writing process. If you have questions, please reach out to us at dcgivingcircle [at] gmail [dot] com.

Our 2021 Grant Cycle is Open Through October 18!

September 12, 2021

Update: On October 21 we announced that we will now be accepting grant applications through November 5. The body of this post has been updated to reflect this change.

In July, we announced news about our 2021 grant cycle and our new focus on supporting organizations and projects that are focused on anti-racism work and advancing equity. We are excited to announce that we are now accepting grant applications between September 12 through November 5.

We will select our 2021 grantees based on a demonstrated commitment or vision to advance racial justice, combating racism, and dismantling systemic racism in the DMV area. We know that organizations might be at very different stages in the work they do or want to do to combat racism and advance equity. We are looking more for a sense of real commitment to the work and hope applicants will share their vision for a more equitable and just DMV area and how they want to contribute to achieving that vision.

Organizations we are looking to fund include:

  • 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are addressing anti-Asian racism and supporting restorative and healing spaces for people impacted by anti-Asian racism
  • AAPI-led 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are working to stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color 
  • 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are building power of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

Examples of anti-racist work that we will fund can include (and is not limited to):

  • Building civic power and protecting voting rights of the AAPI community.
  • Educating DMV residents to connect the histories and cultures of AAPI ethnicities with the historical and current policies in America that resulted in the inequities present today.
  • Raising awareness on the unique social issues that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Providing restorative services in communities with immediate needs related to anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • Promoting solidarity efforts between Asian-owned small businesses and local communities/residents

2021 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • September 12: Grant application period opens — Grants must be submitted via this Google form. You can see a PDF of application questions to help with the writing process.
  • November 5: Grant application period closes.
  • Early-November: Grant review period for voting members, with time to reach back out to grantees with any follow up questions. 
  • Mid-November: Alert applicants about grant decisions

Announcing our 2021 grant cycle

July 20, 2021

We appreciate everyone’s patience as the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle co-chairs (Stephanie and Neel) took time to regroup and set a new direction for our giving moving forward. Please continue reading to learn about our 2021 grant cycle and focus for this year.

Though racism is not new, the events of 2020 and 2021 have reinforced for us how important it is to commit and recommit ourselves to fighting systemic racism in order to create a truly equitable and just society. In the past, the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle has supported a wide range of AAPI-serving organizations and projects in the DC metro area. These organizations and projects have included youth leadership and mentorship programs, historical and storytelling projects and organizations, physical and mental health services, organizations providing economic and social support services to the AAPI community, and many more. 

For our 2021 grant cycle (and hopefully beyond), we intend to push our grantmaking to support organizations and projects that are focused on anti-racism work and advancing equity. We draw inspiration from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), who issued a call for solidarity and collective action earlier this year. In particular, we are drawing inspiration from these commitments:

“We commit to supporting work that dismantles racist and sexist narratives and opposes efforts to pit communities of color against each other. … We commit to making the pie bigger and combatting systemic racism by working with multiracial coalitions and funding organizations in communities of color, including those led by and serving Asian Americans.”

Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

What does this mean for prospective grantees?

We will select our 2021 grantees based on a demonstrated commitment to advance racial justice, combating racism, and dismantling systemic racism in the DMV area.

Organizations we are looking to fund include:

  • 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are addressing anti-Asian racism and supporting restorative and healing spaces for people impacted by anti-Asian racism
  • AAPI-led 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are working to stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color 
  • 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally-sponsored projects that are building power of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

Examples of anti-racist work that we will fund can include (and is not limited to):

  • Building civic power and protecting voting rights of the AAPI community.
  • Educating DMV residents to connect the histories and cultures of AAPI ethnicities with the historical and current policies in America that resulted in the inequities present today.
  • Raising awareness on the unique social issues that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Providing restorative services in communities with immediate needs related to anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • Promoting solidarity efforts between Asian-owned small businesses and local communities/residents

We know that organizations might be at very different stages in the work they do or want to do to combat racism and advance equity. We are looking for a sense of real commitment to the work and hope applicants will share their vision for a more equitable and just DMV area and how they want to contribute to achieving that vision.

What does this mean for donors?

We hope you will join us in this new direction and give generously to support anti-racism work and advance racial equity in the DMV area. By being a part of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle, we hope you’ll learn more about work that organizations are hoping to do to address anti-Asian racism, build solidarity with other communities of color, and advance equity. We also hope that this new direction will encourage donors to think about how they can continue to show up every day to advance equity. 

Donate any amount to become a member of our “giver’s circle”. If you donate $250 or more, you are eligible to vote on the selection committee that selects our grantee(s) for the year. All donations are tax deductible. Donate today through the Greater Washington Community Foundation by using the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle’s donation site.

DONATE TODAY!

2021 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • Now through September 5, 2021 — Cherry Blossom Giving Circle will be encouraging past and prospective donors to give. September 5 will be the deadline to donate as a voting member for this grant cycle ($250 or greater).
  • September 12: Grant application period opens — We will update our website with a link to the grant application and send out an email to our mailing list. Grants will be accepted through a Google form link. You can see a draft grant application here
  • November 5: Grant application period closes.
  • Early-November: Grant review period for voting members, with time to reach back out to grantees with any follow up questions. 
  • Mid-November: Alert applicants about grant decisions

Update: On October 21 we announced that we will now be accepting grant applications through November 5. This post has been updated to reflect that change.

Supporting Our Grantees and Fighting Anti-Black Racism

August 16, 2020

In April, the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle and Metro DC chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) announced our COVID-19 response fund. We are grateful to share that we exceeded our $10,000 goal and raised $15,000 that is being disbursed equally to: Asian American LEAD (AALEAD), Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP), and National Korean American Service & Education Consortium – Virginia (NAKASEC-VA). 

Many thanks to the generosity of every donor, and a special thank you to gracious donors who offered matching donations; to Simone Jacobson, co-owner of DC restaurant Thamee, who provided tickets to virtual happy hours during May to encourage donations; and to AAPIP, who awarded the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle with a $5,000 mini-grant to support our COVID-19 anti-racism response fund. 

Fighting Anti-Black Racism

As this country grapples with anti-Black racism, it is imperative that the AAPI community stand in cross-racial solidarity and fight for the liberation of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. As we move forward, we encourage everyone to seek out ways we can disrupt anti-Blackness in our communities and commit to antiracism work. We have compiled some resources that we hope will grow our knowledge, start conversations, lead us to ask more questions, and examine the systems and structures around us. 

We must listen to and learn from Black leaders who have been leading the movement for racial justice. Throughout American history, AAPIs have benefited and learned from the struggles and sacrifices of the Black community. We must listen to and advocate for the systems and policy change the Black community calls for, including defunding the police to invest in community resources. These ideas may be unfamiliar to some, but they are not new. 

We must do our own homework. As members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we have been complicit in the oppression of Black people in this country. Collectively, we need to understand the history behind the “model minority” myth and how the government has used this to deny equity to Black people in the United States. And, we need to stand with Black and Indigenous people and fight for their liberation as much as we fight for our own. 

We invite your questions and thoughts. If you are looking for peers to process with, please reach out to any of us. We look forward to continuing this work with the AAPI community to push toward collective liberation. 

In solidarity,

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle Co-Chairs (dcgivingcircle@gmail.com)

  • Stephanie Chan
  • Justine Shome

Thank you to our 2019 Nonprofits and Donors

April 26, 2020

Please join us in congratulating our 3 awardees from the 2019-20 grant cycle and learn more about their critical work.

  • Act to Change – Works to address bullying, including in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. This nonprofit empowers each of us with the knowledge and tools to help stop and prevent bullying in our communities. Act to Change is partnering with local DMV groups to host a “Be Kind” youth conference. Join the #ActToChange movement.
  • Story Tapestries – Leads arts education and social justice programming through Amplify Us: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Race and Identity. Story Tapestries partners with poet and producer, Regie Cabico, to offer workshops and performances to AAPI communities, including an upcoming Asian American Spoken Word Series. Free workshops are offered in accessible public spaces in communities including those with a high AAPI population facing high rates of bias incidents as well as in spaces that have existing programs addressing social justice issues. The
    collaboration between Story Tapestries and Regie Cabico has led to community members who feel empowered to tell their story, advocate for their needs and demonstrate the value of their culture.
  • Vietnamese American Services – Serves Vietnamese Americans and immigrants with low socioeconomic status, limited English proficiency, by promoting access to healthcare, providing direct support to vulnerable populations, providing English classes and job referral services, and hosting community events.

Supporting the AAPI community during COVID-19

April 15, 2020

While COVID-19 may be new, all forms of racial bigotry and structural inequities are not. This is true for Asian Americans, as well as for Black, Indigenous, and any person of color in this country. The Cherry Blossom Giving Circle and the Metro-DC chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) have co-signed AAPIP’s open letter to philanthropy on how The Cure to Viral Racism is Within Our Hands. In doing so, we are calling on our entire DMV area to join the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle in addressing racism and advancing equity in our community.  

During this pandemic, our goal is to raise at least $10,000 through the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle by May 8 to support AAPI-led organizations. At the same time we must work together to save lives and keep each other safe, we must also use this moment to shape the future to be a more just world free from bigotry and structural inequities.  

As co-chairs of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle and the AAPIP-DC chapter, we plan to raise money through the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle to grant out to three local AAPI organizations doing anti-racism work during this pandemic. 

We hope you will join us in supporting the critical efforts of these organizations by donating to the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle by May 8.

How to Give

Please donate to the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle through our fund hosted at the Greater Washington Community Foundation by May 8. Be sure to select “Cherry Blossom Giving Circle fund” in the fund drop down menu. We welcome donations of any amount.

Though the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle typically has a voting process involving anyone who donates $250 or more, we will not be going through our traditional application and voting process for this rapid response cycle. If you would prefer to donate directly to organizations, we hope you will do so through their websites below. 

Grantees

We are grateful for the local anti-racism work the following three organizations are doing:

Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth in DC; Montgomery County, MD, and Northern Virginia with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs. In response to the heightened anti-Asian discrimination around COVID-19, which directly impacts the physical and mental wellness of our community, AALEAD has been conducting one-on-one and group check-ins for youth to share their experiences of discrimination and bullying and connect them to the support they need. 

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, DVRP continues serving its clients and community through continuous coverage of its hotline. Given increased stigma, violence, and hate crimes API community members are experiencing as a result of xenophobia, racism, and misinformation surrounding the pandemic, DVRP is encouraging those who have experienced a hate incident related to COVID-19 but do not feel comfortable contacting local authorities to reach out to DVRP staff (info@dvrp.org or 202-833-2233) who can record and monitor these incidents and provide peer support and system navigation.

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium – Virginia (NAKASEC-VA) organizes Korean and Asian Americans in Northern Virginia to achieve social, economic, and racial justice. Through and in response to the coronavirus crisis, NAKASEC-VA’s efforts are focused on Census outreach, meeting community members’ immediate needs, providing accessible and in-language COVID-19 resources, COVID-19 related advocacy, developing new ways for community members to be connected (and not feel too isolated), fundraising for a new national emergency fund NAKASEC national is organizing to specifically provide assistance for individuals shut out of the relief package, and scenario planning for FY 2021.

If you are an AAPI organization doing anti-racism work in the DC metro area and want to tell us about your work, please email us.

We Know It’s Not Enough

We will grant out as much as we can, with as few barriers as possible for our grantees. We also acknowledge that the dollars we give are often only a drop in the bucket and a fraction of what is needed for real systems transformation. As Hanh Le, Executive Director of the Weissberg Foundation, shared in her foundation’s statement:

The reality is that we can never fill the funding gaps and nonprofits will never meet all of the service gaps that our government should be providing for, and that it and corporations actually sustain and exacerbate. This crisis will have deep and long-lasting impacts on our country, and what we do now will demonstrate what we value.

Join us in supporting AAPI organizations fighting for a more equitable and just world.

In solidarity,

  • Rosie Abriam, AAPIP DC chapter co-chair
  • Hanh Le, AAPIP DC chapter co-chair
  • Justine Shome, Cherry Blossom Giving Circle co-chair
  • Stephanie Chan, Cherry Blossom Giving Circle co-chair