IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) was founded in 1960 and is supported by several US families such as Ford and Rockefeller. The concept was to apply scientific tools to increase rice productivity and decrease hunger and poverty. The foresight of the leaders and funders led to major successes in what is now known as the Green Revolution in Asia.
Seena Aras, Director of Online and Annual Giving at Grameen Foundation share her work in creating economic opportunities that help the world’s poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty.
Give2Asia is hosting a teleconference to brief donors, advisors and friends about relief and recovery needs and effective philanthropic strategies in response to the disaster in the Philippines on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 8:30 am PST/11:30 am EST. Based in Manila, Dr. Steven Rood, Philippines Country Representative at The Asia Foundation, is monitoring first hand the destruction caused by Typhoon Ketsana, and the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Parma.
Digest of interesting news relevant to our philanthropic work in Asia.
Southeast Asia has been hit horribly by a series of tragic events. The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Western Sumatra… these were already countries with high rates of poverty. There are many, many generous donors – individuals, corporations, families, friends – that want to help. Like all disasters, we encourage donors to think about immediate relief and also long term recovery.
Through 2007 and 2008, as the financial crisis was unfolding in the U.S., a food crisis was raging through most of the developing world – especially in Asia. Rapid increases and decreases in food prices across the developing world exacerbates the plight of communities that are already suffering from poverty and hunger. Hunger persists in Asia – even in China, India and Vietnam – countries that have already been experiencing unprecedented rapid economic growth over the past decade. What is philanthropy’s role?
APPC made four grants to support various organizations in Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and the Philippines. The projects include different ways of organizing and collecting information to capture giving from the diaspora. In addition to using this information for research purposes, I hope the “databases” will eventually lead to more transparency and accountability in the sector.
Community foundations are well known in the U.S. for raising charitable funds from the community and distributing the money back to the area’s non-profit organizations. In the U.S., we have approximately 780 community foundations. Globally, there are 1,441 community foundations in 51 countries. In Asia, community foundations exist in India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.
Apl de Ap of the band Black Eyed Peas, launched the Apl Foundation several weeks ago in Los Angeles during a benefit concert. The red carpet event focused on bringing awareness to issues in the Philippines and the celebration of his 34th birthday.
Jeremaiah Opiniano serves as executive director of the Institute for Migration and Development Issues (IMDI). Mr. Opiniano is among the pioneers of diaspora philanthropy research in Asia. We share an excerpt from an article featured in BusinessMirror of his work.