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Celebrating our first grantees and AAPIP’s 20th anniversary!

October 27, 2010

Last Wednesday, thousands of individuals around the country joined together – both in person and virtually – to commemorate the Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s (AAPIP) 20th anniversary. We, in the DC Metro area, had even more reason to celebrate at the local reception at The Case Foundation – the announcement of our first grants from the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle (CBGC)!

To date, the CBGC has 23 individual members and great support from some fantastic institutional members, who have provided matching grants, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation and AAPIP. In this first year of our giving circle, we raised a total of $9,600 to grant out. A request for proposal was issued over the summer, and after a thorough review process and vote from the CBGC members, three Washington D.C.-based API-serving nonprofit organizations were selected to receive our first grants.

Drumroll, please… The 2010 CBGC grant recipients are:

  • Asian/ Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) (awarded $4,000)
    DVRP strives to end violence against women in the API community. Its mission is to address and prevent domestic violence in API communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. DVRP’s goals are to ensure that abused API women have access to culturally and linguistically responsive resources in order to make their own life choices;  to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence; and to unite API communities against domestic violence.
  • Emmaus Services for the Aging – API Service Center (awarded $4,000)
    Emmaus Services for the Aging reaches out to build trust with seniors to provide support, advocacy, and services that help them remain active, respected, independent, and vital members of their community. Its Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center serves seniors from the Chinatown area, with services that focus on breaking down linguistic and cultural barriers while still celebrating and embracing API culture. Services include English literacy classes, cultural music, cultural meals, cultural cooking classes, translation services, and escorts/translators for medical appointments.
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) (awarded $1,600)
    APALRC is the legal advocate for justice for the Asian American communities of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Working in partnership with API communities, the APALRC addresses the individual legal needs of low-income and limited-English proficient Asian Americans, advocates for broad-based systemic change on legal and civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans, and empowers API community members through organizing strategies.

Congratulations to the grant recipients, and thanks to all who joined us for this exciting event!

Make sure to check out this photo slideshow from the event! And to read more about the AAPIP anniversary celebration and reception, check out the official press release, and go to

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