Asian Philanthropy Forum curates the ongoing discussions in the philanthropic sector and highlights leaders and organizations that are working to improve the quality of life and sustainability of Asian communities.
Asian Philanthropy Forum’s vision is of a world where every philanthropic impulse to advance security, improve life, and sustain the environment is effectively fulfilled.
We are a project of Kordant Philanthropy Advisors, a global philanthropy research and advisory firm. We work with families and leading businesses and institutions to build and influence the capabilities of world-class philanthropic enterprises and initiatives.
Dien S. Yuen | 袁詩鈿
Editor & Founder
Dien S. Yuen is founder and managing director of Kordant Philanthropy Advisors, a social venture firm dedicated to enhance the work of philanthropists and institutions. Kordant also provides organizational management to social institutions, including the Chinese American Community Foundation. As an advocate of donor education and the strengthening of the philanthropic sector in the U.S. and Asia, she speaks at many events and her insights are often quoted in leading publications, including Forbes Asia, The New York Times, Family Office Review, San Francisco Business Times and Economist Intelligence Unit reports.
Dien tracks the pulse of Asian American philanthropy in the U.S. on the blog, Asian American Giving. She also founded the blog, Asian Philanthropy Forum, a site that curates global giving trends and the growth of Asia-based philanthropy.
Dien has been committed to the philanthropic planning and non-profit sectors all through her career. She was most recently Chief Philanthropy Officer at Give2Asia, where she served as a resource to donors wishing to give overseas and built the organization’s business development unit. Prior to that, she managed the portfolio of large and complex planned giving programs as Vice President & Senior Trust Officer at U.S. Trust. Before this, she served as Vice President at Asian Pacific Fund and Planned Giving Director at American Cancer Society.
Dien serves as chair of the OneVietnam Network and is on the board of 1990 Institute. She is on the advisory board of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and is co-founder of the Chinese American Community Foundation. Previously, Dien served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including AAPIP (Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) and NCPGC (Northern California Planned Giving Council). She holds a J.D., LL.M. in International Law, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation.
Andrew Ho | 何定远
Andrew Ho is Manager of Global Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations, a national association of charitable foundations, where he is responsible for developing resources and programs for effective global grantmaking. He also works closely with HNW individuals, philanthropists and next generation trustees on strategic planning and thoughtful philanthropy. Andrew is also currently serving as a consultant for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to develop strategies for public-philanthropic partnerships to benefit Asian American communities across the country. Prior to the Council, Andrew was a consultant with TCC Group where he developed strategic plans for foundations and nonprofits. He has also spent time at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and The Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.
Andrew is a frequent speaker on philanthropy and has presented on topics such as disaster grantmaking, global philanthropy trends, and giving circles. He is also author of several research papers on philanthropy, including “Chinese American Diaspora Philanthropy: A Perspective on History, Characteristics and Potential” with Dien Yuen, which was published in the Journal of Asian Business. He also wrote “Asian-American Philanthropy: Expanding Knowledge, Increasing Possibilities,” a paper presenting findings on the motivations and attitudes of Asian-Americans towards philanthropy, which was cited in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Victor Kuo | 郭恩勝
Victor Kuo, Ph.D., is a researcher, evaluator, and educator who has spent a decade helping philanthropic foundations measure their social impact.
Previously, he served as an Evaluation Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held a similar role helping to design and implement the evaluation function at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He was a consultant to other corporate and philanthropic foundations while at FSG Social Impact Advisors, an international nonprofit consulting firm. Dr. Kuo has assisted some of the world’s largest foundations in designing and implementing evaluation projects and in developing organizational systems to make measurement of social programs a regular function that informs strategy. He has managed and advised on evaluation projects addressing school reform in the US and energy policy change in China and India.
Dr. Kuo serves on the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association and the Advisory Board of GreatNonprofits. In 2009, he was sponsored by British Airways to explore the growth of philanthropy in Singapore and greater China, and in 2010, he was a featured speaker at the Qi Global conference in Singapore. Dr. Kuo has also published on the role of philanthropy in education reform in the Peabody Journal of Education. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University, MA from Teachers College Columbia University, and BA from Pomona College. He, his wife, and daughter reside in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Ann is a philanthropic advisor at Kordant Philanthropy Advisors, where she assists donors and non-profits in managing their philanthropic projects. Previously, she held roles in the Business Development and Finance teams of Give2Asia, a philanthropic intermediary connecting US donors with Asian non-profits. Prior to this, she assisted The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program and Field Operations unit on projects to stimulate donor involvement in educational development programs across Asia and coordinating visits from Foundation experts abroad, among others.
Aside from her professional interests, she has given her time to many wonderful community groups throughout the years, including Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates, Upwardly Global, Wokai, and the Cal-Asia Business Council Young Professionals. Ann holds a B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley.
Anh is the community engagement manager at Kordant Philanthropy Advisors, working on expanding the resources at Asian Philanthropy Forum and other research initiatives. Previously, Anh was a communications and development coordinator at a Vietnam-focused nonprofit, where she helped the organization transition from a volunteer-run grassroots organization to a professional humanitarian aid agency. She also interned at Give2Asia in the business development department to research and develop material for Asian American and corporate philanthropy, and was a writer for Vietnam Talking Points (part of OneVietnam Network).
Having grown up in Silicon Valley, Anh does her best to help close opportunity gaps the area in by volunteering as an adult literacy tutor. She graduated with a degree in English and a minor in Southeast Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.
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