APC Voices

Issue 10 // July 2021

July represents a series of milestones for us. APC had its sixth birthday, welcomed our new CEO Mafruza Khan, while our Founding CEO Laurence Lien moved on to becoming the non-executive Chairman at APC. We at APC continue to be deeply humbled to have opportunity to explore, discover, learn and work together to create a better Asia, together.

So much has changed since the last issue of APC Voices in February 2021. Just when vaccines brought us a ray of hope, the situation in many parts of the world and in our own region has again become dire. How will philanthropy pivot to combine the best principles and practices, and innovate towards allowing all of us to live with dignity?



A new chapter begins, a journey continues



Parting Words: Not a Goodbye!



What We’ve been Reading: The value of networks 



For Members:
Catch APC’s upcoming offerings in Q3

Stay tuned for an exciting line up of activities APC has in the works for the third quarter of 2021! Invitations will be sent directly.

Aug 2021
Call for Collaboration #4: Education
Singapore Roundtable

Sept 2021
Launch of APC Climate Collective

Oct 2021
Workshop: Strategic Climate Philanthropy

Nov 2021
venn2021: Flourishing People, Planet, and Philanthropy


Issue 9 // February 2021

A year ago, it was easy to make plans, but difficult to carry them out. This year, I found it difficult to make plans, but yet a lot still seems to get done. What has replaced long term plans, are rolling short term ones, where the nimble, resilient and dynamic amongst us have thrived.  While general outlook is more optimistic than six months ago, as we look deeper, the situation is a lot more concerning. Vaccine nationalism has reared its ugly head. Most SDGs face considerable setback, with decades of work undone in less than a year. And of great concern are the mental health challenges that many are facing. Hence, philanthropy is more critical now than ever.

Reflections from Laurence:

What is the world we are re-creating post-COVID?


Welcome to the APC family!

The APC team continues to grow and evolve despite the COVID-19 pandemic! Join us in welcoming our new team members Theresa CuaMira Nadarajah, and Alexis Wong, as well as to our new country representatives Margie Ong (Malaysia), Van Ly and Mimi Vu (Vietnam).

Meet the Team 

For Members: Catch APC’s upcoming offerings in Q1

Stay tuned for an exciting line up of activities APC has in the works for the first quarter of 2021! Invitations will be sent directly.

Jan 2021
APC Singapore Roundtable on Strengthening Mental Health Care

Feb 2021
APC Dialogue on COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Distribution 

Feb 2021
Indonesia Roundtable

Feb 2021
3rd Call for Collaboration: Partnering for Environment and Sustainability Initiatives

Mar 2021
Art Salon

Mar 2021
Follow-up on Strategic Philanthropy Workshop with Jo Ensor

Issue 8 // July 2020

Our past half year, as you can imagine, has been dominated by COVID. Beyond the short-term emergency response, we have to brace ourselves for the longer-term impact. It could be an opportunity for philanthropists to demonstrate the important role they can play in society, particularly in a crisis. Or it could be a slide towards irrelevance, as big government takes over. Nobody can be sure what how the covid situation will evolve and end. But we can still work from a reasonable base case. Here is how APC has been adjusting.

Reflections from Laurence:

How Philanthropy can respond to the COVID crisis


December 2019

As we reflect on the past year and usher into the new decade, one cannot help but feel despair with all the complex challenges we currently face. Despite that, members are still keen to continue learning through connecting with different experts, and with one another at our multiple convenings, to help solve the problems of today’s society. Read on to find out what APC and APC members have been focused on.
Reflections from Laurence: Gliding into 2020 with Optimism for Good News!
venn2019: Asian Philanthropists Gather to Invest in their Giving “Health”
Inspiring Thailand to Give: The Giver’s Network
Visiting Vietnam: Learning from Best Models on the Ground
Exploring a Mid-Career Switch to the Social Sector
APC co-hosts Effective Giving Seminar in Singapore: “Live Modestly, Give Generously, and Think Vigorously”
Fireside Chat with Henriette Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF
Water as a Resource: Site Visit to NEWRI
Growth Through Fellowship: How can a fellowship programme help you to achieve more impact?
Advocating for our Planet: Turn the Tide
Funding Collaboratives: What Makes it a Success?

June 2019

The first half of 2019 have been a period of learning for APC and our members. Through our various learning journeys and member interest groups, our members have been able to exchange ideas and collaborate on projects to create learning models. Here’s a look at various events our members attended to begin their journey into expanding the collaborative philanthropy landscape.
Reflections from Laurence: AOC’s Maturation and Growth requires Cross-Infection!
Developing the new generation of talent for the future of global trade
Bringing youths out of poverty through sports development with Magic Bus!
Bringing Vietnam together for more collaboration towards social impact
9 Lessons from Cambodia: Social Entrepreneurship Learning Journey Insights
Perspectives from the United States: Global to Grassroots Philanthropy the West Coast Way
Roundtable on School Leadership: Exploring Ideas for INSPIRASI
Roundtable with Jenny Bowen and OneSky: Lessons from a successful ECD model
Hosting China’s Next-generation Philanthropists
APC members in the Philippines discuss an early childhood development collaborative
Conversation with Hazel Paragua-Zuellig: The Epilepsy Manager Programme
School leaders share why our leadership training is really making a difference to their work
The Future of Philanthropy & Social Investment Infrastructure in Asia

December 2018

Through our members’ collective voices, we hope the wider impact community understands better what strategic and collaborative philanthropy can do for Asia.  We showcase our members’ projects, advocate for more innovative philanthropy and solutions, and call out for others who share our vision and eager to go on this journey with us.

Nearing the end of a year provides for a good opportunity to reflect on a period that is about to end.  Almost two years have passed since I joined the board of APC and it has been a truly rewarding experience to be part of this Group at a broader and deeper level.

Reflections on venn2018
New Member Interest Group: Early Childhood Development taking a front seat
APC promotes Social Entrepreneurship with Ashoka
Learning Through APC: Four things I learnt making a mid-career switch into the development sector
Launch of The Givers Network in Bangkok
Sharing on Philanthropy amongst like-minded peers in the heart of the Philippines
The Path of Asian Philanthropy on the Belt and Road
APC Funders Roundtable in KL: Culture and Faith: Why we need more Inclusivity
Does Collective Impact really work?  Results from 25 case studies

April 2018


APC recognises the leaders in social impact in Southeast Asia with our ASEAN Social Impact Awards.  Growing impact in the region requires collaboration across sectors and scaling it up, which is why we also organised the ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue with ministers and our members.

Growing the philanthropic engagement in Indonesia: one member at a time!
Indonesian social entrepreneur on micro-hydropower wins inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards
ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue: How can Government and Philanthropy collaborate more effectively?
Why a Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN?
25 Impactful ASEAN Philanthropists: What can we learn from them?
The Global Landscape of Philanthropy report by WINGS
School Visits to Djarum Foundation’s Supported Vocational Schools: Collaborative Learning for Catalytic Impact
Field Visit to PAUD SuryaKasih at Rusun Komarudin, Cakung

January 2018

We kickstart the year with several exciting projects in the pipeline, including the ASEAN Social Impact Awards and ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue!  We’re excited to have a full year but before that, here’s a look back at 2017.

1000 Days Fund: Through the eyes of our anchor donor
The Indonesia Education Giving Guide now moves to the Philippines!
What should we do about the talent gap in the social sector?
The SDGs: A call to collective action
1st Singapore Roundtable 2018: Collaboration will be key in doing good better.
Myanmar: Working with the Community, One Step at a Time/td>
APC Roundtable on Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Launch of APC’s First Project in Malaysia: Catalysing School Leadership

May 2017


APC is now two years old and ready to move to our next phase of growth!  Our community of philanthropists has grown and engagement deepened.  Nonetheless, we are still in start-up mode, and continue to experiment and notch a number of firsts this year!

Our most ambitious project to date is the ASEAN Community Impact Fund (“ASEAN Fund”) for collaborative philanthropy.  Still work-in-progress, this is our first pooled Fund to grow collective impact. We intend to focus in the fields of education, nutrition and community building in Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar, through leveraging size, neutrality, a long term focus and a holistic approach.

Insights from Visit to Shan State: Harnessing Myanmar’s Potential for Growth
APC supports launch of the ASEAN Social Impact Award with Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund, Ashoka and NUS
Achieving the UN SDGs via Pyramid to Happiness
Inaugural ASEAN Community Impact Fund Workshop Series kicked off in Jakarta
Harvard Philanthropy in Singapore: Family Communication in Philanthropy &s; Legacy
Building up the next generation of Asian philanthropy professionals at APC
First APC Study Tour to Yunnan yields mutual learning, new projects and deeper understanding
Sharing how to do philanthropy in China effectively at APC roundtable

December 2016

Here at Asia Philanthropy Circle, we are a small but dedicated and hardworking team.  Even as the end of year festive season descends upon us, our team will still be around, working for a better Asia.  We hope that the new year will see more progress, impact and development in our ever-changing world!  Best wishes to you and your family!

Preventing Radicalism in the region
An Asian Philanthropist’s Journal – our journey with you
Civil sector and government leaders join APC members in Jakarta for philanthropy dialogue
By Instilling a Sense of Community, Gerakan Kepedulian Indonesia Gives Jakarta’s Poorest a New Look on Life
Field Report: Improving Rural Education in Sumatra
Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute: The Game-Changing Brain Research Initiative