Can Thai philanthropy move beyond religious giving and royal patronage?

by Stacey Choe APC introduced our work to a group of next generation philanthropists in Bangkok with the Thai Young Philanthropists Network (TYPN) on 7 September 2017. Many in the group felt that while collaborative philanthropy was little known in Thailand, its purpose and principles resonated with them and they were keen to support the movement and to promote the concepts. When presented with innovative models of early childhood education and inclusive education, there was specific interest in learning more and also in implementing these in Thailand. Education remains a key interest and focus in the country across the various different funders that…

Discovering aspiring changemakers

  by Madhurya Manohar The first edition of the ASEAN Social Impact Awards Community Judging Day was held on 29 September 2017. Philanthropists and social entrepreneurs convened at the National University of Singapore campus for the inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards Community Judging Day where they were tasked with identifying 12 stand out applications from a regional pool of social impact champions. The awards is a collaboration between the NUS Department of Social Work, Ashoka, the Asia Philanthropy Circle and the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund. The cohort present was treated to an intimate panel discussion – with Dr. Suresh…

Collaboration for Successful Ageing

by Wei Kong Starting in 1993 with the Hua Mei Clinic, Tsao Foundation led by Chairman Dr Mary Ann Tsao first provided medical and socio-emotional care to support home bound elderly. Today the foundation’s multidisciplinary team practices a comprehensive and range of aged care services, education and research work.  Their work covers primary health care (Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing), training in community-based eldercare (Hua Mei Training Academy), plus research and collaborations informing policy and practice (International Longevity Centre). Tsao Foundation’s latest project, the Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA) applies the knowledge and skills acquired from their community approach to…

Philanthropists well-positioned to lead innovation in Singapore’s aged care sector

by Aleithia Low Though already awash in the effects of the “silver tsunami,” Singaporean society has only begun to contend with the challenges of a rapidly ageing population. That we are an ageing society is a known fact – but few are aware that the young nation-state has since made the transition to being an aged society. Within a mere 19 years – between 1998 and 2017 — the number of above-65s had risen from 7% to 14% of the population. For Japan, the transition took 26 years; France took 115 years. By 2030 one in four Singaporeans will be…

APC tea session with Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton

by Tan Yu Ann APC hosted a joint-discussion with Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka, to discuss the role of philanthropy in an ever-changing world. The notion that “for big systemic shifts, the work that we are doing needs to be done in a vastly different way” underscored many of the discussions. Traditional philanthropy has long been criticised for not being truly transformative as many solutions often address symptoms rather than create systemic shifts for protracted issues. As a pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship over the last 35 years, Bill Drayton knows a thing or two about change. If…

Is the Philippines primed for collaboration for real change?

by Noudhy Valdryno Singapore, 12 July 2017 – APC held the Philippines edition of the ASEAN Community Impact Funds workshop in Manila on 29 June 2017. This followed after the Jakarta workshop previously held on May 2017, with the same key objective of gathering insights and knowledge from sector experts to ensure effective utilisation of the ASEAN Community Impact Fund. APC CEO Laurence Lien pointed out that one of the most pressing issues in the Philippines is scaling up successful interventions, he mentioned that “in the Philippines, there are so many players and there are so many interventions in place…

Achieving the UN SDGs via Pyramid to Happiness

by Mijail Santos Lujan In 2016, 193 UN-member States came together to sign the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative, acknowledging that the profound changes that societies are going through require efforts towards common goals. Since then, the 17 SDGs have become a tangible guide to mobilize private, public and civil society. Many organizations, including APC, have committed to this partnership for a collective good. Furthermore, exciting initiatives have arisen to promote them. Sharing APC’s belief that there is more that unites us than divides us, APC Co-founder and member, Cherie Nursalim, introduced an innovative approach to present the UN goals,…

Malaysia: Taking Big Leaps into Education Transformation

Every principal has the power to influence success in their schools. This is the fundamental idea guiding the Global School Leaders (GSL) – Malaysia pilot project – which our APC philanthropists have embraced in a mission to make a positive impact in the Malaysian schools. Since last June, Asia Philanthropy Circle, along with the co-founders of Global School Leaders (GSL) Sameer Sampat and Azad Oomen have been meeting with organisations, philanthropists and eco-system funders as well as government agencies to share and seek partnerships for the GSL programme. Response has been positive – fundraising for the initial pilot of 25…

Philanthropy in China

APC visited Beijing and Shanghai last November and had the opportunity to share our Asian philanthropy approach to emerging Chinese philanthropists at the China Global Philanthropy Institute’s Beijing campus. Our Shanghai roundtable was attended by both members and other social investors who were either using their business activities for social good, or looking to improve social impact through better supply chain management. Interestingly, the attendees were mainly overseas Chinese who were residing in Shanghai and have diverse business interests in the country. APC will be organising a study trip to Yunnan, China in March for our members and extending this…

Solving complex issues in the Philippines via the collective approach

APC visited Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) Enchanted Farm outside of Manila earlier in January this year when we were invited to speak at their Global Business Summit. The “farm university”, which incubates numerous locally grown social enterprises, including the successful Human Nature toiletries line, is a lively, vibrant compound which seamlessly integrates aspiring social entrepreneurs from all over the world with the local community – all living side by side, and working together to foster a better livelihoods and improved quality of life for those in the community. It was an eye-opener and we were grateful for Tito Tony Meloto’s welcome….