Philanthropy & LGBTQ AAPI Communities – Looking Into ‘Missed Opportunities’

Funding Exchange and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) present:

Philanthropy & LGBTQ AAPI Communities – Looking Into ‘Missed Opportunities’

October 3, 2012, 1-2p EDT/10-11a PDT

Please join us for the latest donor political education call to learn about AAPIP’s Queer Justice Fund and their latest report: Missed Opportunities: How Organized Philanthropy Can Help Meet the Needs of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Communities.

According to this report, AAPI (Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander) communities make up the fastest growing racial group in the US. At the same time, more and more AAPIs are coming out as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ). To meet this growing need, build community, and cultivate resources, LGBTQ AAPIs across the country are developing innovative projects and organizations. These groups engage in programs and activities that “challenge and support Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers” and advocate for “the fair treatment of LGBT people and marriage equality”.

However, financial support from foundations for LGBTQ work within AAPI communities remains quite small at best. Missed Opportunities reports that LGBTQ funding overall is slightly more than 0.2% of all foundation giving in the US and funding for LGBTQ AAPI groups was barely 1% of that 0.2%. The dollar figure doesn’t represent a lot of money. In 2009, institutional funding for LGBTQ AAPI organizations totaled $648,939.

On the October 3 call, we’ll hear from Dr. Alice Y. Hom, author of Missed Opportunities and director of AAPIP’s Queer Justice Fund. She’ll be joined by two grantees of the Queer Justice Fund: PrYSM in Providence, RI, who also received funding from Funding Exchange’s OUT Fund and the Haymarket People’s Fund, and API Equality-LA, who also received funding from Liberty Hill Foundation. For more information about the Queer Justice Fund or to download a copy of the report, please visit

Join us for this informative and engaging conversation! RSVP today by emailing Becky Rafter at or calling her at (212) 529-5300 x315.




Dr. Alice Y. Hom, Director of the Queer Justice Fund at AAPIP (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy)


Chanravy Proeung, Executive Director of PrYSM (Providence Youth Student Movement)


Eileen Ma, Executive Director API Equality-LA (Asian Pacific Islanders for LGBTQ Equality in Los Angeles)