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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!