As many readers know, I work at Give2Asia, a premiere service provider for donors wishing to support charitable projects in Asia. Today is a very exciting day for me because Give2Asia publicly announced that Barnett F. Baron will serve as President & CEO. I have been hoping for this day as there is no one better to lead Give2Asia to the next stage of growth than Barnett. Under his leadership, not only will Give2Asia benefit from his expertise but I believe we will see many ripple effects in the expansion of knowledge and sharing in the sector. His thoughtful approach in encouraging collaborations and innovative projects is something I admire and can learn from.
Many researchers and practioners in the field of Asian philanthropy know of Barnett’s name and reputation in the community. Barnett has been an advocate and leader in the field of Asian philanthropy – even before there was really a field. His accomplishments are many but I wanted to highlight several that greatly affect the growth of global philanthropy and philanthropy in Asia.
* Barnett has been active with the Council on Foundations and was a key member of a Council task force set up to negotiate with the Treasury Department on appropriate anit-terrorist funding guidelines. In 1999, Barnett was the primary author of a concept to facilitate tax-privileged giving to qualified Asian grantees, utilizing The Asia Foundation’s network of country offices throughout Asia to identify potential grantees, conduct due diligence, manage grant funds, monitor grantee performance, and report to donors. This led to the creation of Give2Asia in 2001.
* As a Visiting Scholar at the East Asian Institute of Columbia University, Barnett organized and edited Philanthropy and the Dynamics of Change in East and Southeast Asia, the first comparative study of contemporary philanthropy in Asia.
* In 1994, he co-founded the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium and served for several years as its chairman. APPC is a network of organizations and individuals throughout Asia dedicated to improving legal and regulatory frameworks governing the nonprofit sector, conducting research, introducing the study of philanthropy in Asian universities, and providing training and networking opportunities for emerging philanthropic leaders.