DC Metro's Queer AAPI Giving Circle


The Rainbow Dragon Fund aims to increase social justice philanthropy supporting queer Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the D.C. metropolitan area. We do so via a fun, supportive, and engaging space for collective philanthropy by and for queer AAPIs. We also welcome allies and supporters to work with us as associates in these endeavors.

The Rainbow Dragon Fund is a project of the DC Center for the LGBT Community and a member of the AAPIP (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) National Giving Circle Network



Giving Circles and Organizations Making a Difference in the DC Metro Area

Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Case Foundation, 1717 Rhode Island Avenue NW, 7th Floor

We invite you to attend a night of celebration of DC's three giving circles and the organizations serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in our own backyard. For more details, please  RSVP at: https://dcgivingcircles2012.eventbrite.com/ by the end of Tuesday November 13!

This event is open to all, regardless of your affiliation to the giving circle. In fact, if you just want to learn about us and giving circles as a whole, this is the perfect event for you to network. Please spread the word, and share widely.

OUR 2012-2013 AWARDEES:
Rainbow Dragon Fund was proud to hold our first Giving Celebration on September 26, 2012.

Asian American Student Union at the University of Maryland
PROJECT: Our 2012-2013 FUEL conference is named, “FUEL the Pride,” as it is focused on the both the local and national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans-sexual, and Queer communities. The AASU strives to better understand current issues that are emerging in the community and bring them to light. This year we have chosen the intersection between the APA and LGBTQ community, and plan to address how relevant issues have shaped views in today’s society.


Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS)
PROJECT: Funds will be used to support participation in Capital Pride, provide meals for APIQS gatherings, and support APIQS members attending a self-defense workshop.


Asian Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA), Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS), KhushDC, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- DC Chapter (NAPAWF-DC)
PROJECT: The four Washington, DC area organizations that are part of NQAPIA’s federation are interested in applying for a grant support to subsidize travel for two representatives each from AQUA, APIQS, KhushDC, and NAPAWF-DC to attend NQAPIA’s 2013 Annual Summit in Honolulu, HI, for a leadership skills building training, briefing on current issues affecting LGBT AAPIs; and coordination on national collaborative projects and campaign.


PROJECT: Trikone is hosting DesiQ, a queer Desi-oriented conference that happens approximately every five years, in San Francisco from July 4-6, 2013. KhushDC would like to send four of board members to learn, network, and grow at the event to become stronger LGBTQ leaders for the D.C. area.


Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
PROJECT: The LGBTQ Asian American Pacific Islander Youth program, or LAPY, will be a leadership development and community building program for young Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth ages 13-21 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, and/or questioning. Through the LAPY program, participants will learn about historical and current challenges facing individuals at the intersection of LGBTQ, AAPI, and immigrant communities, and the particular challenges that LGBTQ AAPI youth may face. During the grant period, LAPY will serve at least 15 LGBTQ AAPI youth directly and will impact other members of the LGBTQ and AAPI communities through community engagement.


Youth Pride Alliance
PROJECT: Youth Pride Alliance would like to establish a mentorship program dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth of color. We envision a mentorship program that will allow for inter-generational learning, collaboration and visioning. The mentorship program will allow youth to have additional entry points into the Youth Pride Alliance, LGBTQ movement & larger movement for social & economic justice. This focus on youth leadership development and opportunities for local organizing distinguishes this proposed program other existing mentorship programs for LGBTQ youth.