Welcome to APC’s New Board Member: Kathleen Chew

by Mianmian Fei At the start of 2019, APC welcomed Kathleen Chew, Group Legal Counsel of YTL Corporation Berhad and one of APC’s first members, to its board.  Kathleen’s pursuit of philanthropy is driven by her Christian faith and she has actively pursued her passion for philanthropy with a focus on education.  She is the Programme Director of her family foundation, the YTL Foundation, which aims to use education to empower individuals and communities to be catalysts of change.  Through its flagship programmes, the Frog classroom and 54C YTL Learning Space programmes, and by championing the use of technology, YTL…

Why is School Leadership so important? 

by Laurence Lien “Why would you start a programme to train principals?  Isn’t that the government’s job?” This is a common response from private donors or even nonprofits focused on education interventions, when asked if they would support a school leadership development programme. Education is the most popular social cause.  The social sector would spend millions on student scholarships, school infrastructure and teacher training programmes. Yet it would strike few to start or support a programme that has been shown to be cost effective, and with concrete and positive results from multiple studies. We believe increased attention to this area…

APC Fireside Chat with Aavishkaar: A Pioneer of Impact Investing

by Mianmian Fei As part of its ongoing activities for the APC Member Interest Group on Social Entrepreneurship, APC invited Aavishkaar, an Indian advisory and fund management company specialising in early-stage impact investing, to Singapore for an intimate session with APC members and friends.  Held at Collision 8, a private co-working space focused on start-ups and innovation, the event featured Aavishkaar’s founder and CEO Vineet Rai and his team who discussed the company’s impact investing strategy, successes and lessons learned, and how it is bringing its approach to Southeast Asia with a new fund. Vineet started the session by sharing…

Singapore Roundtable: The Pitch for Social Inclusivity

by Genevieve Ding On 10 January 2019, APC convened a Singapore roundtable on the topic of Inequality.  This time, to spur dialogue to action, APC, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS), selected three intervention initiatives which aim to promote social inclusivity in Singapore, and organised a pitch session to invite member partnership and funding of these projects. Members were presented with a proposed primary research to establish living income benchmark, an integrated programme supporting disadvantaged children and a collective impact model that addresses youth unemployment. This event is a follow-up from a roundtable in 2018 exploring the…

GSL crosses borders to launch Indonesia Principals’ Academy

by Stacey Choe INSPIRASI, which means “inspiration” in Indonesian, is the apt new name of the Indonesian Principal’s Academy, launched under the Global School Leaders (GSL) programme.  APC was very proud to be at the roundtable event discussing Inspirasi’s strategy in Indonesia because it is one of our first projects to be replicated across countries after the success of the first pilot in Malaysia. The Indonesian project supporting and training principals on leadership skills and development is coming to fruition with the anchor funding from Tanoto Foundation, and support from Djarum Foundation and Triputra.  With collaboration of three members, the…

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…