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…

Why a Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN?

As social problems becoming increasingly complex, APC believes that more can be done if governments and philanthropists work in concert. There is value in coming together to align goals and harness each other’s unique strengths. This would leverage the collective intelligence and capacity for better social outcomes.   The Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN is a first attempt to draw attention to the benefits of governments and philanthropists working together for social good. It examines the current public-philanthropic landscape in ASEAN and suggests practical ways that governments and philanthropists can work together in the near to long…

ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue: How can Government and Philanthropy collaborate more effectively?

by Atikah Amalina Philanthropists and government officials need to do more to build mutual trust and to align vision and strategies, in order to reap the synergies from public-philanthropic collaboration (PPC). Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) members, ASEAN ministers and senior officials, and the ASEAN Secretariat discussed this and more at the inaugural ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue in Singapore on 21 March 2018. Hosted by APC and part of the fringe events accompanying Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship, the Dialogue provided a platform for active discussion on PPC in growing social impact jointly. The benefits of PPC and the various modalities of its engagement…

Indonesian social entrepreneur on micro-hydropower wins inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards

by Atikah Amalina The inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards culminated in the awards presentation on 21 March 2018 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) members, ASEAN ministers, senior officials, and other philanthropists and social sector leaders gathered to celebrate and highlight the power of social entrepreneurs and the positive transformational changes they can make to the communities they serve. Six award finalists, who were chosen out of 160 applications, had the opportunity to showcase their work at the event. Stanley Tan, Chairman of APC and the awards committee, opened the ceremony with a call for…

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy report by WINGS

Read the full report here and share your thoughts with us! From a description of various forms of individual giving to the growing importance of community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving, the current report is an effort to bring back the diversity of the field of philanthropy at the center of the debate, by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The report also raises some of the questions and issues most critical and central to its development – from technology and shrinking civic space to power dynamics within philanthropy practice and concepts, to the…

Launch of APC’s First Project in Malaysia: Catalysing School Leadership

by Wei Kong Conceived as a principal leadership development initiative at venn2015, APC went on to catalyse what became Global School Leaders (GSL) Malaysia, which is championed by APC member, Kathleen Chew (YTL Foundation), and with support from APC member, Chew Kwee San (Tan Chin Tuan Foundation), and partner, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad. If it takes a village to raise a child, then bringing up GSL Malaysia has been the focus and efforts of hearts and minds spanning countries, communities, multiple disciplines, and government support to prepare the pioneering batch of 25 schools and 75 school leaders to start their…

Bridging the Talent Gap – APC Lays the First Research Brick in South East Asia

By Kwan Jinyao That good talents make an organisation sounds like a tired truism, and in the philanthropy and social sector too organisations are cognisant that they need to assemble a team of professionals with expertise and interest so as to implement and fulfil their philanthropic aspirations.  Yet there appears to be a mismatch: Potential candidates (or “the supply”) are reporting challenges in the recruitment, integration, and retention phases, while the philanthropic organisations (or “the demand”) have had difficulties identifying these talents at the senior level. Defining the key characteristics of what makes a leader in this sector What has…