ASEAN Community Impact Fund

The ASEAN Community Impact Fund is a work-in-progress project that is set to launch in 2018. It is a philanthropic fund of S$100M that leverages on collaborative philanthropy to accelerate social progress in Southeast Asia through high-impact interventions. The fund is started and managed by the Asia Philanthropy Circle, which is tapping into the resources and expertise of our members; convening and coordinating philanthropists and other stakeholders on a common agenda. The fund’s target focus is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and centred on Nutrition, Education and Community Building, concentrating on the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. It has…

About ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue

The ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue is a project under Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), which seeks to bring together ASEAN leaders, members of the Asia Philanthropy Circle, and working-level ASEAN government officials to discuss and agree to act on issues where philanthropy can work with governments in significant ways to address pressing social issues. It will harness the collective intelligence and resources of strategic Asian philanthropists to grow cross-sectoral partnerships in ASEAN and grow social impact jointly. The key objectives of the dialogue are to: (a) Provide an exclusive, first-of-its-kind, action-oriented platform for exchange among ASEAN political and philanthropic leaders. (b) Allow…

ASEAN Social Impact Awards

We would like to introduce you to the ASEAN Social Impact Awards, which will be launched for the first time in 2017! If you know any outstanding social entrepreneurs, nomination and application forms are open now! CLICK HERE TO: APPLY OR NOMINATE NOW FOR THE ASEAN SOCIAL IMPACT AWARDS APC is supporting the ASEAN Social Impact Awards in partnership with NUS Department of Social Work, Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund, and Ashoka. The NUS Department of Social Work announces the launch of the ASEAN Social Impact Awards in partnership with Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and Ashoka Innovators for the Public….

Malaysia/Regional: School Leadership Development  

Philanthropy in education is popular across Asia but funds mostly flow into physical infrastructure and scholarships, and not into education software. In particular, in order to effectively improve on the public education space, APC believes that we have to address the capability of the top level of school management as this is a critical factor for the success of any school and for changes to be effective. APC’s pilot programme to train school leaders/principals is working with the India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) and Global School Leaders, the international platform for school leadership development programmes that are delivered locally.

Singapore: A Pilot Assisted Living Facility

Accommodation and service options for the senior population in Singapore is currently limited and nursing homes do not cater for seniors with low dependency needs and desire high autonomy and purposeful -living. The Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Pilot aims to provide a demonstrable model for the market and government, offering a more community-centric model that engages with the residents. APC is collaborating with a non-profit organization to build this first purpose-built facility in Singapore.

Indonesia: A Collaborative Community Development Effort in a Low-Cost Public Housing Community

Our Indonesian members are coming together to combine their resources and expertise in different fields in the community building of a rusunawa in Jakarta. Working with GK (Gerakan Kepedulian) Indonesia, the project aims to work on a holistic level on the different issues affecting the communities living in such areas: education, healthcare, infrastructure, community-building and livelihoods. The hope is that this project will eventually become a demonstration project for community building in other rusunawas.

Regional: Talent Development in the Philanthropy Sector

The lack of human capital in the social sector continues to be a huge problem across Asia, especially at the middle and senior levels. This limits philanthropists’ work in building a high-impact organization. APC is working with a leading global search firm to undertake a study on how the leadership deficit in the philanthropy sector can be better addressed on a regional basis.

Singapore/Regional: Cross-Border Giving Guide

In some regional countries, particularly in Singapore and Hong Kong, many philanthropists give outside the country. However, regulatory red tape and operational challenges can be substantial. Hence, the APC is working on a Cross-Border Giving Guide that can be helpful for philanthropists giving overseas. The recent China Charity Law that includes clauses affecting foreign and international NGOs has once again highlighted how much a Cross-Border Giving Guide will be helpful for philanthropists giving overseas. APC is finalizing a suitable research partner for the project. For a start, the guide will likely cover Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India and…

Malaysia: Special Needs Education

This is a new project that has emerged from our Malaysian members, who hope to bring in effective models within our network that would be able to address this in an impactful way. APC has been engaging experts in the field in Malaysia to understand the landscape there, and has been engaging regional will be bringing a sector experts who specialise on early identification and intervention.

Philippines/Indonesia: Preventing radicalism

Addressing rising extremism amongst youths was a key challenge brought up by our Filipino members. This is an issue that we quickly realise needs addressing in many other Southeast Asian countries too. We will be looking to start something small by partnering with NGOs working on existing programmes with children and youths in Mindanao and looking to tap into role models and to convene meaningful dialogues on the issue. Our key belief for this project is to tackle this with the local communities upstream before it even becomes a security challenge downstream.