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….

Member attachment with APC for learning and exchange
Djarum Foundation joins APC HQ to learn more about philanthropy eco-system

Felicia Hanitio, part of the Djarum Foundation team and working with APC member, Victor Hartono, shares her experience and learnings from a week-long attachment with APC HQ in December 2016. Since moving to Jakarta six months ago to join Djarum Foundation’s Bakti Pendidikan (Education Program) team, flying back to visit my home country is always a treat. However, beyond the regular program of family, friends, and comfort foods, this particular trip held in store a specially tailored menu of strategic meetings and philanthropic learning experiences with APC’s headquarters in Singapore. Coming as a representative of Indonesian APC member Bapak Victor…

What China can learn from a platform like APC

The APC Secretariat in Singapore hosted a delegation from China under the auspices of the upcoming China Charity Fair at our offices on 25 August 2016. The 15-member delegation consisted of representatives from regional and national foundations and research agencies working on the new China Charity Law. Laurence and Stacey shared APC’s mission and activities, along with the Asian philanthropy landscape with the audience. The APC team itself also learnt much more about the regulatory change in China, particularly with regards to establishing charitable trusts. There was also a deepen exchange how best to mobilise philanthropists for social impact, how…

APC in Bangkok: new markets but similar education challenges

APC Co-Founder and CEO Laurence Lien spoke at the Thailand Strategic Giving forum in Bangkok on 23 August 2016. The event was supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and Laurence shared on the early childhood education projects undertaken by Lien Foundation in Singapore, highlighting how philanthropists can address gaps on the government side. The panel also stressed the importance of working together – amongst funders, with the government and with the NGOs, in order to effectively address social issues. The forum discussed the problems, challenges and possible solutions to the education sector in Thailand. By bringing together some of the successful…

New APC staff

APC welcomed 2 new staff: Berlinda Gooi in July, and Stacey Choe in August. Stacey Choe Stacey has a strong background in the philanthropic sector in Asia, having served as the Membership Services Director at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network for 4 years before her last role as Director of Policy Engagement. Prior to joining AVPN, she had 8 years of experience in marketing communications, events management, market research and strategy. She spent three years in China as the marketing director of a boutique Italian consulting company. In Singapore she was responsible for regional incentive and rewards programmes in Intel…