Through our members’ collective voices, we hope the wider impact community understands better what strategic and collaborative philanthropy can do for Asia. We showcase our members’ projects, advocate for more innovative philanthropy and solutions, and call out for others who share our vision and eager to go on this journey with us.
Nearing the end of a year provides for a good opportunity to reflect on a period that is about to end. Almost two years have passed since I joined the board of APC and it has been a truly rewarding experience to be part of this Group at a broader and deeper level.
APC recognises the leaders in social impact in Southeast Asia with our ASEAN Social Impact Awards. Growing impact in the region requires collaboration across sectors and scaling it up, which is why we also organised the ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue with ministers and our members.
We kickstart the year with several exciting projects in the pipeline, including the ASEAN Social Impact Awards and ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue! We’re excited to have a full year but before that, here’s a look back at 2017.
APC is now two years old and ready to move to our next phase of growth! Our community of philanthropists has grown and engagement deepened. Nonetheless, we are still in start-up mode, and continue to experiment and notch a number of firsts this year!
Our most ambitious project to date is the ASEAN Community Impact Fund (“ASEAN Fund”) for collaborative philanthropy. Still work-in-progress, this is our first pooled Fund to grow collective impact. We intend to focus in the fields of education, nutrition and community building in Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar, through leveraging size, neutrality, a long term focus and a holistic approach.
Here at Asia Philanthropy Circle, we are a small but dedicated and hardworking team. Even as the end of year festive season descends upon us, our team will still be around, working for a better Asia. We hope that the new year will see more progress, impact and development in our ever-changing world! Best wishes to you and your family!