WINGS & Asia Philanthropy Circle Webinar: Giving to Myanmar

APC has partnered with Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) to launch and disseminate the findings of our guide on Giving to Myanmar to a wider audience via a webinar on 14 February 2019, 5-6pm (Singapore time). Register via the link below: After re-engaging with the international community for the last eight years, Myanmar has been through many ups and downs. In recent times, media attention has focused on its Rohingya crisis, resulting in diplomatic condemnation and continued controversy. Despite all these, the country continues to be a point of attraction for foreign investment and development. With a young population…

Launch of The Givers Network in Bangkok

On 15 September 2018, The Givers Network was launched in Bangkok at Centara Grand.  Co-founded by APC member Thippaporn under her DT Families Foundation, with APC, Khon Thai Foundation and Thai Young Philanthropist Network, the event and network aims to encourage everyone from all walks of life to give, in their own ways, as they can. The morning session was truly inspirational – the featured speakers included APC’s very own Stanley Tan, who recounted his own childhood experience when he made the decision to give up taking the bus from school in order to save enough money to donate to…

APC promotes Social Entrepreneurship with Ashoka

By Valentina Ko APC members gathered together at *SCAPE on 18 August for the second meeting of the social entrepreneurship member interest group (MIG).  The meeting was held at *SCAPE, a non-profit organisation with its mission and vision rooted in support of youth, talent and leadership development. Members first met at Pope Jai Thai, a food and beverage social enterprise that works with different beneficiary groups.  Owner of Pope Jai Thai, Daniel Teh introduced himself to members and gave an overview of his journey from a previously incarcerated individual to owning his own restaurant now and working with vulnerable communities…

Does Collective Impact really work? Results from 25 case studies

By Valentina Ko & Stacey Choe The idea of collective impact is quite central to APC and our work but what is at stake is figuring out how to make it work effectively.  Given that and with our members in mind, we referred to a recent study conducted by Spark Policy Institute and ORS Impact on 25 such cases, outlining what are the key lessons in making collective impact work; what kind of projects they are good for, what are the critical ingredients; what can be applicable for us. Collective Impact Study: It has been about seven years since John…

Learning Through APC: Four things I learnt making a mid-career switch into the development sector

By Atikah Amalina At the end of January this year, I took a leap of faith and left the teaching service after four years.  I was ready to explore other options, primarily my longstanding interest in the development sector.  Throughout my time in teaching, I’d remained involved in various work in the non-profit sector on the side, including running programmes with orphanages in Batam, coordinating bake sales to channel funds to charity causes and organising an awareness-raising trip to a refugee camp in Aceh. Soon after leaving, I had the opportunity to work and learn with Asia Philanthropy Circle, a…

APC Funders Roundtable in KL: Culture and Faith: Why we need more Inclusivity

By Wei Kong In response to APC member concerns on the rise of cultural and religious intolerance in the region, in collaboration with APC, YTL Foundation hosted the 14th Funders roundtable in Kuala Lumper on the topic of Culture and Faith: why we need more inclusivity.  The roundtable explored how private funders can play a role in promoting tolerance and understanding between different religious and ethnic groups. To set the stage for a well-informed discussion an expert panel outlined the current situation in Malaysia and the region, addressed misconceptions, and explored approaches to tackle them.  The panel consisted of: Rita…

Working with ASEAN to optimise the power of collective action in philanthropy

by Anjali Shivananda The 7th ASEAN Public-Private-People Partnership (PPP) Forum was organised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development of Singapore on 18 July 2018 at Grand Hyatt.  Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) CEO Laurence Lien moderated a session that featured the three finalists of the ASEAN Social Impact Awards.  They were consistent in their message of needing to create community ownership and to empower communities to be part of the solution, and not just be a recipient of aid. Laurence also spoke on “The Role of Philanthropists in Collaboration and Partnerships for an Innovative and Resilient ASEAN”.  Laurence said…

How is Asia faring in the Global Philanthropy Report?

by Anjali Shivananda The Global Philanthropy Report released by Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, and funded by UBS and Ford Foundation, aims to understand the magnitude, vitality and impact of global institutional philanthropy.  The study identified 260,000 foundations in 38 countries (+ Hong Kong) and deals with various elements of philanthropy such as the global scale of foundations, its age, classification, financial resources, their priorities and operational approaches. One of the findings that stood out in the report is the age of the sector, where three-quarters of the foundations studied being younger than 25 years old.  Viewing…

Singapore Roundtable: Discussing Inequality in Singapore

by Atikah Amalina APC members and guests gathered at Quantedge Foundation on 7 May 2018 to discuss inequality in Singapore, together with Professor Teo You Yenn, Associate Professor and Head of Sociology at Nanyang Technology University. Dr Teo’s book, “This is How Inequality Looks Like”, was published earlier this year, and includes real case-studies that flesh out the day-to-day experiences of the low income, gleaned through her years of on-the-ground research on the issue. The discussion around inequality is a necessarily brave one as it is one of relativities.  It is about looking at the fact that some people lack…

APC’s first trip to Vietnam: Inspiring the new generation of super rich on strategic philanthropy

by Stacey Choe APC conducted our first visit to Vietnam and held a joint event with Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation, reaching out to local philanthropists and government-related organisations on 7 July 2018.  Since it is our first visit, APC learnt a lot on the local social sector from the local practitioners, returning Vietnamese who have set-up NGOs in the country, foreigners doing programmes with local partners and others alike.  Everyone was eager to share and we discussed a myriad of issues, often going back to the complaints on unhelpful regulatory environment and authorities. APC invited keynote…