Asia Community Foundation welcomes Sue Toomey as new Chief Executive Officer

With a deep commitment to unlocking funding potential to empower social impact organisations in the region, Sue will lead ACF in its next phase of growth and development following its launch in Sept 2023 PRESS RELEASE – Singapore, 1 April 2024: Asia Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Toomey as its new Chief Executive Officer. ACF is the first Asia-focused, independent community foundation supporting individual donors, families, and institutions as a trusted partner for purposeful philanthropy. “Sue brings with her a wealth of leadership experience both in corporate and non-profit organisations across Asia–most recently as…

Asia Community Foundation Launches to Propel Regional Philanthropy

The first community foundation with a focus on catalysing change in the region, through and from Singapore. PRESS RELEASE: Singapore, 8 Sept 2023 (Friday) – Asia Community Foundation (ACF), the first Asia-focused independent community foundation, opens its doors to the growing philanthropic community in the region. Based in Singapore, ACF functions as a strategic intermediary between donors and non-profit partners. The foundation’s main objective is to unlock giving in Asia by facilitating thoughtful, efficient and secure giving through and from Singapore.  The launch of ACF was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Mr Heng Swee…

Groundbreaking study reveals key gaps and potential areas for collaboration in Early Childhood Development (ECD) across Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Singapore, 6 July 2023 (Thursday) – Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) today released the results of its Regional Early Childhood Development (ECD) Landscape Study. Conducted by the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) and supported by 12 philanthropic organisations in the region, the study is the first of its kind and is the most comprehensive mapping to date of parenting and early childhood programmes across Asia, with particular focus on China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Key Findings The study finds that across all four countries, there has been a clear increase in government commitment to provide holistic support…

Future of Asian Philanthropy Series is out

The Future of Asian Philanthropy Series, APC’s latest study, is a future-oriented research using scenario planning that examines what society could look like in 2050, and how philanthropy might fulfil its promise as a positive, impactful force in society. Asia faces great uncertainty as it emerges from the global pandemic—with looming challenges of climate change, rising inflation, and geopolitical tensions in the horizon. As uncertainty mounts, how can philanthropists, foundations, and implementing organisations plan to ensure they remain nimble and impactful? The study, which began in the midst of disrupted socio-economic structures during the COVID-19 pandemic, identifies key driving forces that will shape society’s development, lays out four imagined futures that illustrate different outcome…

Asian Philanthropists pool US $1.5 million to contribute 600,000 doses towards COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine target

PRESS RELEASE: Singapore, 31 May 2021 –The Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) successfully coordinated US $1.5 million amongst its philanthropic members and community to enable access to much-needed COVID-19 vaccines in Asia through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) facility. The amount will be matched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance with funds provided by a public charity[1], bringing the total funding to US $3 million. APC’s contribution joins worldwide commitments from government and private sectors and will go towards securing and delivering around 600,000 vaccine doses for Asia, as well as towards helping the Gavi COVAX AMC reach its global…

The Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese Philanthropy

BY PROF ZHENYAO, DEAN OF CHINA PHILANTHROPY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY The response to the Coronavirus situation shows that the human race needs to make a joint effort and engage in collaborative action. In particular, during a time when the global economic development has reached a GDP level of US$10,000 per capita in 2011, followed by China in 2019 with the same, the challenge we all share is to have social values take the lead over economics, in spite of political, economic, cultural and social differences between countries and peoples. Global matters need to be jointly discussed. We need…

Role of philanthropy in the post-COVID era: Busting Boundaries to be Change Agents

BY LAURENCE LIEN FIVE YEARS AGO, when APC was first established, we began with a shared aspiration – that we need change agents to address Asia’s social challenges and that strategic and engaged philanthropists can be them. Today amidst the greatest health and humanitarian challenge of our generation, the urgency for philanthropists to step up is even more pressing. The study of boundaries is a critical one today. Problems are deeply interrelated. For example, COVID-19, a zoonotic disease, is a virus that jumped the boundary from nonhuman to human. And the impact of the disease spread has gone well beyond…

COVID-19 is changing the way the world does Philanthropy

BY BILL AND MELINDA GATES 2020 has been a hard year to be an optimist. Both of us have spent the past several months looking at alarming charts and datasets. COVID-19, in addition to claiming millions of lives and crashing the global economy, has reversed the progress the world has made in the fight against poverty and disease—a fight in which our foundation is deeply involved. Humankind now must contend with all sorts of numbers that are heading in the wrong direction: Vaccine coverage has dropped to levels not seen since the 1990s. The extreme poverty rate has shot up…

How APC Is Adjusting To COVID-19: Events And Projects

Dear fellow members, These are unprecedented times. We probably all hoped that the COVID-19 situation will be contained, but it is now a global pandemic that will continue to disrupt our lives for probably quite a while more. With this, APC has to review our plans for the year, and postpone/cancel a number of our activities. But we also recognise that philanthropy can make the biggest difference during a crisis. Hence, we very much want to be able to support any work that addresses COVID-19, either directly or indirectly.  Travel For your reference, APC will not be planning any travel until at…

Funding Collaboratives: What makes it a Success?

By Lam Sze Ching Collaboration is one of the founding pillars of how APC members conduct their philanthropy. A 2019 study of 25 funding collaboratives conducted by The Bridgespan Group and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation found that 10 were successful and 15 met with challenges. The report highlighted the benefits and disadvantages faced by funders and the hope is that the study will inspire funding collaborations to adopt an investment thesis, the common factor amongst all 10 successful collaborations. Through this insight, we hope to further our philanthropy reach by applying it in our projects. The Study Since…