Project by Project is a 501(c)(3) grassroots leadership development incubator aiming to develop a pipeline for the next generation of Asian Americans in philanthropy. Every year, each PbP chapter in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco champions a community nonprofit as its beneficiary partner, driving a tailored year-long campaign building capacity around the nonprofit’s fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness efforts. Since its founding in 1998, PbP has supported 37 nonprofits in the API community with over $800,000 in unrestricted funding, addressing issues spanning civil rights, social action, advocacy, crisis intervention, and victim services.
PbP’s signature fundraiser Plate by Plate is the API community’s first and largest annual tasting benefit. Plate by Plate features top restaurants and beverage purveyors, attracting thousands of attendees nationwide. Net ticket proceeds from Plate by Plate are remitted to our chapters’ respective beneficiary partners.
Project by Project’s mission is to develop leaders through innovative philanthropy. In 2018, with Asian Americans & Immigration as our national campaign theme, our objective was to raise awareness regarding anti-immigration propaganda and major policy changes sweeping our country. PbP-LA partnered with community nonprofit OCA-Greater Los Angeles and championed their Mentored Path to Citizenship Grant program, which alleviates the financial burden of naturalization and pairs applicants with immigration lawyers to help them overcome language and cultural barriers. At $725, the current fee for the naturalization application has increased 80% in the last 10 years, compared to minimum wage which has only increased 40%. Through the support of the Project by Project community and Plate by Plate attendees, we successfully raised funds to help individuals achieve the dream of American citizenship.
In 2018 we launched a new Project by Project program CASES (Collaborations Accelerating Sustainable Engagement and Solutions), an initiative where our steering committee members provide pro-bono consulting services to community nonprofits. Through 12-week project engagements, PbP supports its nonprofit partners with deliverables that range from strategic plans and implementation timelines surrounding recruitment and marketing strategies, ROI evaluation, financial planning, and data analysis – that would allow its community partners to increase effectiveness, broaden reach, boost revenues and reduce costs.
On October 24th, 2018, PbP-LA hosted Project LEAD (Leaders Empowering Action Day), a 1-day hackathon-styled case competition, as an expansion of CASES with the goal of exposing a wider audience to civic engagement and public-private partnership opportunities. The event featured nonprofit clients, guest speakers, a panel of judges, and a group of strategy advisors to support volunteer consultant project teams in developing pitches. Learn more at our press release.
As part of the Project by Project experience, our members undergo a Leadership Development Curriculum that crowdsources the best practices and insights from industry experts on how to effect change in the community. In addition to volunteering with our nonprofit partners, members hone in on their skillsets through a Leadership Development Platform, working collaboratively to increase PbP’s own organizational capacity, which includes: improving existing programs and processes; establishing training programs for new managers; and developing sound operating systems in the areas of marketing, finance, operations, and human resource development. By providing an intentional learning environment for volunteers to practice leadership skills through sustained group interaction, PbP is able to develop a pipeline for young leaders to serve on boards and take greater leadership responsibility in all aspects of community and society.