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– June 26–29, 2022 –

Power in Solidarity

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Power in Solidarity Agenda

All times are Pacific Time. Agenda is subject to change.

Sunday - June 26, 2022

11:00am - 7:00pm
Registration and Information Desk Open
9:00am - 5:30pm
AAPIP Board Meeting

Closed Session

11:00am - 2:00pm
Indian 101

This workshop is focused on engaging participants in a facilitated dialogue to generate practical strategies for partnering with Native communities and to provide a more positive, realistic understanding of contemporary Indigenous peoples and modern Tribal governments. Attendees are invited to join a conversation with NAP Member, Laura Harris, Executive Director of AIO, as we unpack the vital connection between philanthropy and American Indian/ Native American relations.

Indian 101 is free and open to the public.

12:00pm - 4:30pm
AAPIP Chapters Meeting

Closed Session

2:30pm - 5:00pm
Imagining the Indian

Imagining the Indian is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive. The film takes a deep-dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear, the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native people, but to marginalized groups everywhere. Following the showing of the film, join NAP in a discussion with the producers.

Imagining the Indian is free and open to the public.

5:00pm - 5:30pm
Shuttle to Wing Luke Museum from Hyatt Regency- Invitation Only
6:00pm - 8:00pm
AAPIP Reception at Wing Luke Museum- Invitation Only

Monday - June 27, 2022

7:30AM - 5:30pm
Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30am - 9:30am
Power in Solidarity Opening Plenary

Celebrate the reunion of our philanthropic families of new and long-time members as we welcome leaders and partners from across the country.

10:00am - 11:30am
AAPIP Annual Meeting

Join AAPIP for their annual meeting to welcome back members and allies, with an introduction to their new strategic frame. 

10:00am - 11:30am
Native Americans in Philanthropy & Native Voices Rising Opening Plenary

Join NAP and Native Voices Rising as they welcome leaders and partners from Indian Country, Native-led organizations, and the philanthropic sector.

11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Standing On Our Own and Together: Cross Racial Solidarity

Communities of color have worked in solidarity for generations to change systems that affect us all. We learn from the work of two coalitions leading the way in the Pacific Northwest. The BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington formed two years ago to promote wellness and restore resources in BIPOC communities. More than 200 members strong, they are building a unified agenda to harness the power and genius of BIPOC communities and calling in philanthropic partners and other allies to reimagine roles and commitments. The Coalition of Communities of Color celebrates its 20th year and a long list of accomplishments that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars through private and public funding to communities of color in Oregon and policy and systems change that will serve communities across generations.

Standing On Our Own and Together: Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American

Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander data disaggregation has been a priority issue to combat the erasure of NH/PI communities when aggregated with Asian American communities in data, policy and funding. It has led to the disinvestment of funding and resources to NH/PI communities and organizations. Regional and national leaders discuss multiple efforts to fully acknowledge NH/PI as a unique racial group in funding, policy, and community.

1:00pm - 4:00pm
NAP Ally Network - Invitation Only
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Community Conversations: Health and Wellness
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Tribal Nations Conservation Pledge & Funding Collaborative

The Tribal Nations Conservation Pledge & Funding Collaborative was developed to dramatically increase investments by private philanthropy in biodiversity and conservation programs led by Tribal Nations. This panel will discuss conservation work led by Tribes, how this fund will support their projects, and the federal opportunities for matching funds.

1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Opportunity Youth Forum and Fund Indigenous, Native, and Tribal Community of Practice: Looking Back & Expanding Forward

The Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum and Fund, Native Americans in Philanthropy and numerous foundations, have joined forces to support a community of practice (COP), technical assistance, and direct grantmaking for a number of Tribal communities. This work is focused on expanding access to education and employment, for native youth and young adults based on the priorities of the communities, while also expanding youth leadership and voice. This session will discuss the work taking place in a subset of OYF communities for and with young people. Join a conversation with funders, community leaders, and young people about the COP and the growing network or Tribes and young people that are coming together to learn and grow opportunity and build upon the first decade of the Opportunity Youth Forum.

1:00pm - 2:15pm
Climate Justice Participatory Grantmaking Initiative in the Kolea (Alaska/Hawai'i) Region

Fund for Shared Insight, a national funder collaborative, recently completed a two-year participatory grantmaking initiative focused on climate justice, in which one of the focus geographic regions was the “Kolea Region,” a joint region encompassing Alaska and Hawai’i and named for a migratory bird. A Grantmaking Group of eight individuals representing primarily Indigenous people (Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) with expertise in climate justice decided how to allocate $1 million in funds to 18 Indigenous groups in Alaska and Hawai’i in support of the following purpose statement: “This program will fund grassroots groups that implement climate justice or environmental justice work in their communities that centers traditional and/or local ecological knowledge and connection with Mother Earth. The work of these groups will demonstrate approaches to adaptation that may also be applied in other context and influence policy.”

1:00pm - 2:15pm
Wellness Activity/Workshop
with Native Wellness Institute
2:45pm - 4:00pm
Tribal Philanthropy Coalition - Invitation Only

The Tribal Philanthropy Coalition is a community of practice to support, connect, and elevate the work of Tribal professionals working in the areas of grantmaking, grantseeking, and philanthropy for their Tribe. Tribal Leaders, Tribal philanthropy professionals, Tribal grant writers, Tribal directors/managers and/or Tribal planners are encouraged to join this coalition to network with other professionals doing similar work, learn from others, share priorities, challenges, needs, and develop strategies together to elevate Tribal philanthropy to support our Native communities. 

For more information about this session, please contact events@nativephilanthropy.org 

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Community Conversations: Youth
2:45pm - 4:00pm
Storytelling with a Purpose

Through storytelling, we endeavor to change perceptions and inspire a transformation towards restoration of rivers and saving salmon. Our basic storytelling mission is to create, share and educate.

Children of the Setting Sun Productions (CSSP) is a Native-led non-profit that specializes in Coast Salish storytelling. CSSP recently embarked on a journey to share stories of the ancient bond between the Native people and salmon. We hope to help Tribes reverse the devastating impact of salmon loss.

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Indigenous Research & Data Practices
2:45pm - 4:00pm
Wellness Activity/Workshop
with Native Wellness Institute
3:30 pm - 5:30pm
Critical Connections & Conversations - Power in Practice - CEOs & Trustees - Invitation Only

Our connections to communities, movements and to each other form the foundation of our collective efforts. With each other, we make sense of the whole.

This invitation-only session brings together CEOs and Trustees in philanthropy to leverage power at the highest leadership positions in standing up our communities as a significant and diverse part of America’s multicultural fabric.  Come join colleagues for a strategy session to advance racial equity and solidarity practices. NOTE: This is a two-hour session.

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Critical Connections & Conversations - AA and NH/PI NextGen Philanthropy: An Emerging Community Space - Invitation Only

Come connect with your peers and share stories of joy, challenge, and opportunity in the community. In this session, you can understand your story within the philanthropic landscape and help shape a new space for multi-generational issues, questions, and challenges.

*Note: We are building a new community that is open to those who are between the ages of 18-45 and are part of family foundations, have family or personal Donor Advised Funds (DAF), and those with earned or inherited wealth. If you have any questions, please contact Maya Iwata at maya@aapip.org.

4:00pm - 5:30pm
AAPIP Critical Connections & Conversations - Regional Leaders for Collective Good

Our connections to communities, movements and to each other form the foundation of our collective efforts. With each other, we make sense of the whole. How is the AAPIP network working across its many forms through regional activism?  What is the potential still to be unleashed toward Collective Good:  Recommendations for Philanthropy on Racial Solidarity & Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities?

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Opening Reception

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Native Americans in Philanthropy are excited to host an opening reception for our friends and partners attending Power in Solidarity. Please join us as we celebrate our first in-person gathering as we reconnect with each other and make new connections. Regalia and/or cultural attire is encouraged. Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tuesday - June 28, 2022

7:30am - 5:30pm
Registration and Information Desk Open
Join AAPIP & NAP for the second day of Power in Solidarity
9:00am - 11:30am
Tuesday Plenary
Land, Climate, and Conservation

A panel of leaders and experts will examine how conversations around land, climate, and conservation are interconnected with issues of land rights, cultural practices, and self-determination for our communities.

11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Community Conversations: LGBTQ2S+
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Decolonizing Philanthropic Practice

How might we decolonize our understanding and practice of philanthropy? Join a discussion with the Hawai’i People’s Fund and Social Justice Fund Northwest as they share their journeys to center communities and liberation.

1:00pm - 2:15pm
Pop Culture and Social Change

How might we use arts and pop culture to advance social change? Tasveer shares its stories about "Arts to Empowerment," increasing South Asian representation in the arts as a way to not only promote real understanding and empathy towards South Asian communities and to bring awareness to community needs. Tasveer has been important for building political power and civic engagement in Seattle, and there is more we could explore in this area about where philanthropy can invest to build a stronger democracy.

1:00pm - 2:15pm
Wellness Activity/Workshop
with Native Wellness Institute
2:45pm - 4:00pm
History of Criminalization and Building Power for Today
2:45pm - 4:00pm
Honor Thy Mother with IndiPino Elders

Viewing and discussion of Honor Thy Mother (31 minute documentary) with IndiPino elders: The untold story of Aboriginal women, Filipino fathers and their Indipino children on Bainbridge Island.

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Wellness Activity/Workshop
with Native Wellness Institute
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Networking Happy Hour

Unwind and connect with your fellow attendees before heading out to dinner on your own.

Wednesday - June 29, 2022

7:30am - 11:30am
Registration and Information Desk Open
9:15am - 10:30am
Leadership for Racial Justice Philanthropy

AAPIP is developing its Leadership for Racial Justice Philanthropy program as a core and evolving part of AAPIP’s work with its members.   This session shares an emerging “blueprint” for this program developed by a team of AAPIP members to solicit questions, feedback and interest from Gathering participants.

9:15am - 10:30am
Where AA and NH/PI Communities are Growing

Asian Americans are the fastest growing population among all racial and ethnic groups in the country between 2000 and 2019, growing 81% to a record 18.9 million.  Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander communities grew the third fastest, at 70% and 61% respectively.  More often than not, philanthropy’s ability to respond in all 50 states does not match this growth.  We examine the growth of populations in California’s Central Valley and southeastern states to explore the role of everyday donors, donors of color, giving circles, the creation of new funds, collaborations, and place-based leadership that are ready to respond even more quickly than, and in addition to, institutional funders who may not have local connections. 

9:15am - 10:30am
Native Program Officers Working Group Meeting - Invitation Only

This is the quarterly meeting for the Native Program Officers (NPO) Working Group. NPO was created by and for Native grantmakers working to increase (their organizational) resources for Native people while building valued relationships that support and honor the reclamation of Native world views and traditions. Native Americans in Philanthropy would like to extend our gratitude for your participation and welcome you to this Working Group. We strive to connect you to others just like you who are working within philanthropy, with resources to support your growth as an individual and community.

9:15am - 10:30am
An Update from NAP's Tribal Nations Initiative

Native Americans in Philanthropy’s Tribal Nations Initiative supports Tribal Nations by creating more opportunities for awareness, connection, and collaboration with each other and with the philanthropic sector. Over the past year, NAP held several Regional Listening Sessions with tribal leaders and Native philanthropic professionals to identify funding priorities and opportunities. Join as they discuss how Tribes engage in philanthropy around issues such as climate, conservation, civic engagement, and introduce the Tribal Philanthropy Coalition.Key findings from these listening sessions will also be shared in a report summarizing how tribal leaders feel is the best way to engage with philanthropy.

9:15am - 10:30am
Disrupting Philanthropy by Watering the Seeds of Creativity

The Waterers will share the process and lessons learned over 18 months redistributing $2.7 million to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists, culture bearers, and organizations. The Waterers are disruptors of philanthropy that stemmed out of Local Control, Local Fields, an initiative of ArtPlace America, to further strengthen their local creative place-tending. The Waterers were entrusted by the Upper Midwest Assembly to steward funds for MN, ND, SD and 23 Native Nations. This session explores our gift-making strategy; nuances and complexities of this region, and investing in small, local, and embracing a vision for transformative impact and lasting change.

9:15am - 10:30am
Philanthropology: A Social Justice Introduction to Philanthropy

In order to use philanthropy to effect change, it is crucial that new practitioners understand its context, history, and challenges. This abridged offering of Philanthropology™ provides an in-depth critical study of the history and structure of philanthropy through a social justice lens.

9:15am - 10:30am
Wellness Activity
with Native Wellness Institute
11:00am - 12:00pm
Closing Plenary: Walking the Walk-Funding Solidarity Through Civic Engagement

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, and Native American communities are among the most overlooked and underfunded in philanthropy. Yet, some funders have intentionally invested significant resources in power building for these communities. In this conversation, we share lessons from the field. Come hear how the Coulter Foundation partnered with leaders in the AAPI and Native communities to move resources to local civic engagement organizations across the country.

Boxed lunches will be provided immediately after.

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