Critical Philanthropy

aapip-logoOn Tuesday, I pulled my head out of my overflowing caseload (employment discrimination, school bullying, kirpan issues, etc.) to attend a meeting hosted by Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). AAPIP is a national foundation that provided a grant to help establish the Sikh Coalition’s Western Region Office last year. It is the only foundation that specifically provides funding for organizations that serve the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim & South Asian (AMEMSA) communities.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first of four that AAPIP will host this year for its AMEMSA grantees. The goal of the meetings is to provide us with capacity building tools to strengthen our infrastructure, that in turn will help us better serve our community. So, in other words, along with giving us money, AAPIP is training us to not only remain sustainable but become stronger as an organization. Their hope is that this will expand our work with the community – to in turn strengthen the community.

If you are a Sikh Coalition funder, how would you hold us accountable for the money you’ve given? Do you have ideas for making us a stronger organization? Do you have feedback about the direction of our work? If so, e-mail me at


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