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Reminder: Celebrate the Lunar New Year and our new grantees with us on Thursday!

February 24, 2015

This Thursday, February 26 at 6 pm, we are celebrating the Lunar New Year and our 2014 grantees at Exponent Philanthropy (1720 N St NW, Washington, DC). You’ll have a chance to hear from each of our three great grantees–the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC, and the Mid- Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Association–and also from the AAPIP Metro DC Chapter and the MASALA Giving Circle.

Be sure to RSVP at if you haven’t already done so, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Women’s Forum Distinguished Speaker Dinner Series with Aditi Hardikar

February 18, 2015

APABA-DC’s Women’s Forum invites you to an evening with Aditi Hardikar, Associate Director of Public Engagement in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Please join them for a discussion with Aditi, who serves as the White House’s primary liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Prior to joining the White House, Aditi served as Director of the LGBT Leadership Council and Director of the AAPI Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee, where she raised resources and mobilized community leaders around Democratic issues. She also served as the LGBT Finance Director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013, and the Deputy Director of LGBT Voter Outreach and LGBT Finance for the 2012 Obama-Biden President Campaign. Aditi planned events and organized progressive young Americans for the Campus Progress team at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. She also served as a White House intern in the Office of Public Engagement, where she worked on LGBT issues. Aditi is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and Political Science.

  • When: Monday, February 23, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • Where: Mio, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Details: Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their own dinner and drinks.
  • RSVP: Space is extremely limited. Please RSVP to by tonight–Wednesday, February 18.

P.S. Check out this Washington Post article about reinventing philanthropy with a Silicon Valley blueprint!

Save the date for the 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk on March 28!

February 16, 2015

Save the date to join us and others at the 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk on Saturday, March 28 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.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ms. Catherine Mitrano, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Resolution Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Also on the program will be former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Ambassador Kenichi Sasae.

Register at

Celebrate our 2014 grantees with us on February 26!

February 12, 2015
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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us, the AAPIP Metro DC Chapter, and the MASALA Giving Circle on Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 PM! We’ll be at Exponent Philanthropy (1720 N St NW, Washington, DC); the closest Metro stations are Dupnt Circle and Farragut North on the Red line and Farragut West on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

In addition to welcoming the Year of the Sheep/ Goat, we’ll closing our 2014 grantmaking cycle by awarding a total of $8,8000 to three local organizations to further their missions. Our grantees are:

RSVP today at All are welcome, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Celebrate community philanthropy with us, the AAPIP Metro DC/Baltimore Chapter, and the MASALA Giving Circle!

December 2, 2014

You’re invited to a winter holiday gathering and the annual chapter meeting of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Metro DC/Baltimore Chapter!

Date: December 16th, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: Flight Wine Bar (777 6th St NW Washington, DC 20001)

Join members of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Metro DC/Baltimore Chapter and the philanthropy community of the DC area, featuring the MASALA and Cherry Blossom Giving Circles.

Celebrate community philanthropy in action with highlights from the work of DC metropolitan area’s two giving circles. The AAPIP Metro DC/ Baltimore Chapter also will share updates from National AAPIP and outline upcoming events.

As we celebrate community leaders and organizations making a difference, the MASALA Giving Circle will be awarding grant funds to three organizations to further their mission: ASHA for Women, Counselors Helping Asians/Indians (CHAI), and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC). Refreshments will be served!

For more information and to rsvp, please click

We hope you will join us in celebrating the contributions of DC area leaders committed to promoting giving and advancing the future of AAPI communities and learn how you can get involved next year!

Grant applications are due tonight!

October 17, 2014

Don’t forget that applications for this year’s grants are due tonight at 11:59 pm ET. We look forward to reviewing your applications and learning more about your great organizations.

Last week to apply for a grant for 2014!

October 14, 2014

Does your nonprofit organization serve the AAPI community in the Washington, DC area? We are offering grants of between $500 and $4,000, and we hope that you’ll consider applying for a grant from the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle.

Applications are due this Friday, October 18. Read more about the grant and our criteria here, and download the Request for Proposals (RFP) as a Word document  or as a PDF. It’s a short application, so you still have time to apply! We look forward to learning more about your organization.

Or maybe you’re not with a nonprofit, but you’re interested in joining our giving circle and supporting these local nonprofits? We are also still accepting donations towards this year’s grants. If you donate any amount, you will become a member of our giving circle and can join in our activities, including reviewing this year’s grant applications! And if you donate $250 or more, you are eligible to vote to select our grantee(s) for the year. You can easily donate via our new WeDidIt campaign page or by check via the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. Read more here!

P.S. Congratulations to the seven fantastic organizations, including some of our past grantees, that received grants from the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs last week!

  • Asian American Leadership, Empowerment, and Development for Youth and Families
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
  • Chinatown Service Center
  • Hepatitis B Initiative of DC
  • Many Languages One Voice
  • Moving Forward

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