Hate in any form is unacceptable. The same goes for violence, racism and inciting fear. In the aftermath of the killings in Atlanta last night, many have spoken out against the significant increase in brutality aimed at Asian-Americans.
But what more can we do? How can philanthropy take action to end these cycles of hate?
As a starting point, we encourage you to engage with our colleagues at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. AAPIP is a network of funders and others devoted to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities. Philanthropy Colorado and our AAPIP colleagues are both part of the dynamic national United Philanthropy Forum network.
If you want to do something right now that’s more tangible than standing against hate, you might also consider joining AAPIP as a member.
In fact, AAPIP now has a Rocky Mountain chapter led by our friends and members Chris Bui and Jin Tsuchiya at The Colorado Health Foundation. They launched the local version of the network last year to bring together not only AAPI funders but also AAPI-led and focused organizations.
And, in case you missed it, this letter appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy written by AAPIP CEO Patricia Eng and Eric Stegman of Native Americans in Philanthropy: “As Violence Against Asian Americans Intensifies, the Moment for Philanthropy to Act Is Now”:
--Joanne Kelley, CEO, Philanthropy Colorado