Donor FAMILIES

BMPP families share why they joined the Giving Circle (March 2015). 

VISION

We envision a world where individuals are nurtured and families are supported so that conditions are created for communities to achieve their full potential.

MISSION

Fueling good ideas that build a better world

VALUES

  • Brilliant solutions for community problems can come from anywhere and anyone.
  • We value the diversity of thought and practice, and will resolve differences with dignity.
  • Families who learn, share, and give together grow together and can change the world.
  • All adults serve as examples for children.
  • Our collective well-being is tied to the well-being of those who suffer most from injustice.
 
 

The BMPP Giving Circle's start began in Minnesota in 2012 when eight families co-founded the giving circle through shared values, a vision and mission - a mission to use their financial resources to celebrate, learn about, and raise more money to fuel the change they wanted to see in the world. Because Minnesota is home to this multi-generational giving circle, BMPP made their first grants to three local Minnesota nonprofits that are innovating and working to build vibrant and healthy communities. The co-founding families share their reasons for joining: 

What an incredible privilege it is that our family can give and have this kind of impact for our communities. We are a community of philanthropists who have given much of our time and energy in the past, but this giving circle allows us to also practice financially giving together to build beyond our immediate families.
— Bo Thao-Urabe and Dennis Urabe, and their daughter Emi
It’s magical to see what others can do when you give. Being a part of a giving circle lets me be a part of seeding something so that the magic happens.
— Dia Lee
We give to make a difference. We are where we are today because it started with one person believing in us.
— Elizabeth Yang and Elliot "Ele" Vang and their children: Evan and Evelyn
We give because we know it makes a difference. Not only is our community better, but our family bond also improves through philanthropic giving.
— Kaohly and Kong Her (Chair) and their daughters: Taylor and Ayden
At some point in our lives we have been recipients, so it’s an honor for us to participate and give now.
— Kaosong Vang and Choua Yang and their children: Roan and Aria
I wanted to help empower the amazing change agents in our community. As I’ve gone through this process I now realize this giving circle has also empowered me to be a change agent.
— Philip Vang
We believe in supporting those who are passionate about making a difference; this effort is led by great people we know.
— Paul and Phoua Vang and their children: Kal-El, Gabe and Neela
We’ve always been taught to give, but through BMPP we can choose where our money goes.
— Terri Thao and Cheng Vang and their children: Doua Zong and Touly

 

Member Families

The BMPP Giving Circle expanded to include Asian American families from Minnesota and Wisconsin who come together to celebrate, learn about, and pool their financial resources to support innovative projects that advance justice and equity. Because they come from cultures of generosity and giving, the aspire to model those attributes by finding new practices in American philanthropy that help to continue to fuel the change they wanted to see in the world. The families include:

  • Bo Thao and Dennis Urabe, and their daughter Emi (2013 - present)
  • Cheng Her and his children: Asya, Logan, and Julia (2014 - present)
  • Kaohly and Kong Her and their daughters: Taylor and Ayden (2013 - present)
  • Terri Thao and Cheng Vang and their children: Doua Zong and Touly (2013 - present)
  • Pahoua and Toua Yang and their children: Chuyi, Yeemeng and Kaiyou (2015 - present)

Past BMPP Donor Families

  • Elizabeth Yang and Elliot Vang and their children: Evan and Evelyn (2013 - 2015)
  • Kaosong Vang and Choua Yang and their children: Roan and Aria (2013 - 2014)
  • Paul and Phoua Vang and their children: Kal-El, Gabe and Neela  (2013)
  • Phillip Vang  (2013)
  • Dia Lee (2013)

 

BMPP has gifted over $66,000 to 19 projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin since 2013.