DALE ASIS is president and founder of Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide (“Bayanihan”), which seeks to “enable Filipinos abroad to help Filipinos at home to improve their lives in empowering and sustaining ways.” Bayanihan is dedicated to promoting networking, partnerships, youth leadership and return migration among Filipinos abroad to help Filipinos at home. Additionally, Bayanihan serves as a platform that provides insight to Philippines’ culture, history, and social issues.
Mr. Asis has devoted his career to philanthropic and non-profit development. Prior to establishing the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide, he worked as a program consultant to the Cambodian Association of Illinois and the Chicago Global Donors Network. In 1998, Mr. Asis co-founded the CAAAELII (Coalition for African, Arab, Asian, European, Latino Immigrants of Illinois), one of the largest immigrant-led coalitions in the United States. In 2005, Dale also co-founded the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO), a grassroots-led multi-ethnic and multi-faith human rights alliance. In 2008, he created Dale Asis Consulting, providing strategic program planning, fundraising, capacity building consultative services; he remains a principal. In 2010, he worked with the Chicago Global Donors Network and created a network of over 100 diaspora philanthropy groups in the Chicago area.
In 2017, he works as the Finance & Development Director at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO). He also teaches “Privilege, Power & Oppression” and “Policy Advocacy” classes as an adjunct lecturer in the Masters Program for the School of Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago.
Dale Asis has made several journeys to the Philippines and encourages other diaspora communities in the US to give locally and globally.
Dale Asis earned a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is also completing his PhD studies in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. In 2001, he received a Ford Foundation Leadership Award. He also received training in Israel from the Jewish Joint Distribution Agency on developing diaspora fundraising. In 2007, he received a yearlong fellowship from The Chicago Community Trust and enabled Mr. Asis to study extensively the program of sustainable giving and diaspora populations.
During his fellowship, Mr. Asis traveled to the Philippines and visited his mother’s native village in Bicol, in the southernmost tip of Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago. There he was confronted with the poverty in the region and of his distant relatives. He saw the connection between their desperation and the overwhelming number of immigrants who feel they must migrate to seek a better life. It was a turning point.