AVPN (Asia Venture Philanthropy Network) will be holding its annual conference in Singapore on April 20-23rd. This year, AVPN will provide country focused sessions and Scott Lawson, CEO of SOW Asia, and other social leaders will be sharing their experiences about Hong Kong’s cross-sector collaboration experiences, reflect on the perspectives of government, investor, intermediary and social purpose organizations.
Two recent studies report positive news for non-profit fundraising efforts.
Report finds family beneficiaries are more likely to be involved in Asia-Pacific offices, not only in investment planning, but notably in their engagement with philanthropy, often taking strategic roles.
The AVPN Conference 2015 will promote shared learning, best practices and active networking across diverse sectors to build a vibrant and high impact venture philanthropy community in Asia.
Rules to Give By: A Global Philanthropy Legal Environment Index, investigates how 177 governments support philanthropic giving in a comparable and standardized way.
The inaugural Asian Philanthropy & Sustainability Forum featured Jenny Bowen of Half the Sky and trends in Asian philanthropy.
Next generation leaders spoke about opportunities to promote and participate in philanthropy even in the midst of challenges in China.
Attendees of the China Philanthropy Summit found that the role of the Chinese government greatly influences the growth and shape of philanthropy in China.
Our friends at CASE Asia Pacific is working to bring you an unforgettable conference at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on April 14-17, 2015!
Asian Philanthropy Forum hosts private event and brings together a diverse group of business and social leaders to learn about social innovation and sustainability efforts in Indonesia and China.
On Oct 31 and Nov 1, 2014, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University will host a two day summit on philanthropy in China. The conference culminates the school’s three year Initiative on Philanthropy in China.
How do you build and connect the next generation of leaders in China and the U.S.? What programs are available?
6 years ago, there was just one public library in the entire country of Bhutan. Find out what one nonprofit organization to catalyze a culture of reading in Bhutan.
Nonprofit mergers are gaining in popularity. What is the process for merger? What conditions are needed for a successful merger? Learn how two Asian American nonprofits approached the process and lessons learned.
The BoP World Convention will focus on hybrid models for serving the BoP, with speakers from the private sector, the social entrepreneur community, major non-governmental organizations, and governments.
Should philanthropy advisors be held to the same standards as other professional advisors and should they be accredited?
Sharadha de Sharaham shares her insight on Sri Lankan philanthropy based on her years of experience in the local social impact space.
How did a research team come to its conclusions about philanthronationalism, patron-client relationships, and other themes in Sri Lankan philanthropy? We talk to one of the key researchers to find out.
A close examination of Sri Lankan charitable practices reveals the potential of philanthropy to expand and play a developmental role, as well as the hurdles that still stand in the way of greater social engagement.
The 2014 National Conference looks at what’s beyond the horizons for Australian philanthropy.
The end of the 2014 AVPN conference brought with it the announcement of a new Knowledge Center, which has the potential to spread practical tips in the growing Asian philanthropic space.
The Base of the Pyramid refers to the four billion people living in emerging economies. Collectively, they represent an untapped market of USD $5 trillion and a blue ocean opportunity for businesses to grow by reaching new markets and improving lives.
The Philanthropy in Asia Summit in Singapore this year seeks to mobilize the new wave of Asian philanthropic leadership. Will you join us at the event?
Government partnerships are essential for achieving scale but can be a challenge to manage. Here are a few tips from AVPN 2014 on how you can manage these tricky partnerships.
Impact measurement — everyone is talking about it these days, but few people get it right. How should we approach impact measurement when different stakeholders want different things? What’s still missing from the way we design impact measurement?
One of the most important lessons from this year’s AVPN conference: the social challenges in Asia should no longer being tackled in isolation, but through systems change.
Reject the notion that you “can’t.” Act with a sense of urgency. Be a driver of systems change. And 5 additional takeaways from this year’s AVPN conference on social investing.
Social enterprises are a growing phenomenon in Asia. This guide will help you understand what they are, how they function, and how they contribute to social and environmental change in Asia.
AVPN’s 2014 Conference starts later this week! And this year, things get real. We’re moving beyond theory to real-world examples of success and failure in the social impact space.
In the last part of our interview with Hasina Kharbhih, she shares with us the inspiration that’s fueled her mission to promote social entrepreneurship and end human trafficking.
Ashoka Fellow Hasina Kharbhih gives her thoughts on what all aspiring social entrepreneurs should know before diving into social ventures.
Ashoka Fellow Hasina Kharbhih developed the Impulse Model to end human trafficking in India. It’s now being adapted globally. Here’s how it works.
The ed-tech nonprofit inBloom, backed by the Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, has come to a controversial end. What can we learn from this?
Do you know the difference between strategic philanthropy, venture philanthropy, and impact investing? Let us help you navigate all these buzzwords.
Hong Kong’s social innovation is a positive step forward, but it needs to be strategic in its intermediary funding.
There were two big announcements in Indonesian and Chinese philanthropy very recently. Is Bill Gates to thank?
Donors want reporting and evaluation metrics, but they’re often not willing to fund costs related to gathering and analyzing data. What does that mean for nonprofits?
Developing countries top the list of remittance receivers, but France and Germany are up there as well.
Here are five inferences about Asian philanthropists from the 2014 BNP Baripas Individual Philanthropy Index.
The findings of a new study that looked at 35 giving circles across 8 Asian countries will be discussed on May 16 in Singapore. What does the future bode for this grassroots style of giving? Come join the discussion!
There’s a new green economy underway in Sabah, Malaysia. It’s going to focus on inclusive growth and sustainable development–and it’s being led by women.
How do you measure the impact of nonprofit social enterprises? Here’s a breakdown of four nonprofit social enterprise business models and how they bring value to underserved communities.
The Tahir Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and 8 other Indonesian philanthropists have committed to providing millions to the Indonesia Health Fund over the next five years.
Everyone’s talking about collaboration, and no where is it more needed than in the nonprofit sector, where organizations are often stretched to their limits in personnel and funding. This collaboration tool may help solve that.
Thanks to a new direct registration process, the number of Chinese NGOs has swelled to over 500,000. But there is still much more the government can do to ease the burdens of operations for local nonprofits.
The giving traditions practiced by many immigrants and communities of color are helping to democratize philanthropy in the U.S. To that we say, hurrah!
Our last feature for Women’s History Month looks at the role women have in growing the global economy. Guess what — it’s an important one.
It takes a lot of grit and compassion to want to stage a medical intervention in a war-torn country like Myanmar. Community Partners International has been doing it for nearly two decades. Here are a few things they’ve learned along the way.
The focus on reproductive health may not be enough. We need to re-tailor the plan to improve women’s health based on changing demographics and epidemiological pressure points.
The Women’s Philanthropy Institute is offering a stipend of $5,000 to scholars researching women’s philanthropy.
Continuing our Women’s History Month features, we talk to IDEX, a nonprofit that works globally to end violence against women. The key is to focus on both the causes and manifestations of violence, while remembering that healing must follow.
Two new studies provide details into how Chinese Americans give and how to better engage Chinese American philanthropists.
1 in 3 women will likely experience some form of violence in her life. Understanding why some men perpetuate violence while others don’t can help bring down those numbers.
READ Global is doing amazing work educating and empowering women in South Asia — and they’ve got the numbers to prove it. 2 out of 3 women with READ Centers in their communities have increased decision making power in their homes. Learn more about how the ‘READ effect’ works.
So easy it behooves you to do it: tweet/instagram #caseforgirls and WesternUnion.com will donate $10 to scholarship funds for girls in Vietnam.
Chinese legislators have been sitting on a bill that would make charitable giving mandatory for all citizens. Will this be an effective approach to unlocking philanthropy in the country?
For our Women’s History Month series, we took a look at the state of girls’ education around the world. On the upside, women are at excelling at the highest levels of education–but social misconceptions are still stopping many girls from getting there in the first place.
The good news: about 77% of firms in Vietnam reported practicing some form of corporate giving! The not-so-good news: most corporate philanthropy in Vietnam is ad hoc and event-based.
India’s new CSR law is stirring quite the debate over effective use of corporate philanthropy. But let’s try to think of it this way: the new CSR law is actually an exercise in corporate empowerment, a way of decentralizing tax distribution.
Human trafficking is foremost a moral issue, but its continued existence is also disturbingly supported by market forces. This report from the Indian strategic philanthropy foundation Dasra examines the supply and demand sides of human sex trafficking in India.
There’s a lot of wealth in Silicon Valley–and a lot of will to do good. Asian American philanthropic leaders in Silicon Valley will speak about community-based and globally-focused impact investing at the Committee of 100’s Speakers Forum. APF’s own Dien Yuen will moderate.
In the U.S., giving to international affaires organizations in 2013 was strong. In fact, international affaires organizations showed the most fundraising raising growth compared to organizations in other sectors. Did diaspora philanthropy have something to do with it?
What’s keeping impact investing from being embraced by institutional investors? Is it investor perception, a lack of investment opportunities, or a lack of funding? In the last part of our interview with Asia Community Ventures co-founder Ming Wong, we take a look at what’s holding impact investing back and how to get beyond those barriers.
Overhead isn’t all bad and people in the social sector need to take more risks if they’re really going to achieve sustained social impact, says Ming Wong, co-founder of Asia Community Ventures.
Bob Harris talks to us about microfinance, philanthropy, game theory in Jeopardy, and the five most important words he’s ever heard.
Ming Wong breaks down what every aspiring do-gooder in Asia should know before jumping into the social impact space. His biggest piece of career advice? Go forth and start your own company!
Instead of putting your corporate contributions to nonprofits on autopilot, maybe it’s time to rethink what you’re trying to do and why. Here are 5 questions you should consider asking at your next budget planning meeting.
Meet China’s top philanthropists.
Bhutanese and Burmese refugees encounter much difficulty when they arrive in the U.S., but we can take steps to help them adjust and contribute positively to society.
We may not all have the same amount of wealth as the Buffets, but we can all learn to give like them through this MOOC.
Companies may want to do good, but it’s just not possible for them to fill the thousands of grants requests they receive each year. Leith Robotham discusses how companies can donate without giving money.
Tech is changing philanthropy. There’s no doubt about that. But how exactly? That was the subject at a recent event hosted by KQED Public Radio, APM Marketplace, and the San Francisco Foundation.
The BRICS diaspora could do big things for their respective homelands through philanthropy.
Does foreign aid work? Bill Gates gives a resounding “yes” in his latest annual letter.
Literacy can unlock many doors of opportunity for the poor. Chuna Devi Pengeni, a woman from rural Nepal, shows us just how in this uplifting video from READ Global.
Social investing could be a game changer in Asian development. But what’s worked and what hasn’t? Join us at 2014 AVPN Conference in Singapore this May to find out.