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…

Advocating for our Planet: Turn the Tide

By Bradley Wo and Kathlyn Tan One of the biggest hurdles for sharing information on environmental crises or solutions is a lack of awareness. As the severity of global environmental issues becomes clearer, more initiatives and innovations to make us better stewards of nature have been emerging. After watching the environmental films at the Turn the Tide Film Tour, APC left with a better understanding of some of the challenges we face – and ways that we can address them together. On September 14, APC attended an ocean film screening organised by Coastal Natives, an environmental conservation organisation founded by…

Bringing youths out of poverty through sports development with Magic Bus!

By Stacey Choe What is the best way to get a child engaged? Through play. Through sports. That is how Matthew Spacie through Magic Bus has reached out to over 900,000 children, in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar, and worked with them on their values, their aspirations and their communities to lift them out of poverty and to obtain jobs. On 7th March, APC hosted Matthew for a lunch roundtable with members in Singapore. The Magic Bus programme works with adolescents from age 12 over a 7-year period, providing them with mentors, working with industry partners to right-match them with…

WINGS & Asia Philanthropy Circle Webinar: Giving to Myanmar

APC has partnered with Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) to launch and disseminate the findings of our guide on Giving to Myanmar to a wider audience via a webinar on 14 February 2019, 5-6pm (Singapore time). Register via the link below: After re-engaging with the international community for the last eight years, Myanmar has been through many ups and downs. In recent times, media attention has focused on its Rohingya crisis, resulting in diplomatic condemnation and continued controversy. Despite all these, the country continues to be a point of attraction for foreign investment and development. With a young population…

Launch of The Givers Network in Bangkok

On 15 September 2018, The Givers Network was launched in Bangkok at Centara Grand.  Co-founded by APC member Thippaporn under her DT Families Foundation, with APC, Khon Thai Foundation and Thai Young Philanthropist Network, the event and network aims to encourage everyone from all walks of life to give, in their own ways, as they can. The morning session was truly inspirational – the featured speakers included APC’s very own Stanley Tan, who recounted his own childhood experience when he made the decision to give up taking the bus from school in order to save enough money to donate to…

APC promotes Social Entrepreneurship with Ashoka

By Valentina Ko APC members gathered together at *SCAPE on 18 August for the second meeting of the social entrepreneurship member interest group (MIG).  The meeting was held at *SCAPE, a non-profit organisation with its mission and vision rooted in support of youth, talent and leadership development. Members first met at Pope Jai Thai, a food and beverage social enterprise that works with different beneficiary groups.  Owner of Pope Jai Thai, Daniel Teh introduced himself to members and gave an overview of his journey from a previously incarcerated individual to owning his own restaurant now and working with vulnerable communities…

Does Collective Impact really work? Results from 25 case studies

By Valentina Ko & Stacey Choe The idea of collective impact is quite central to APC and our work but what is at stake is figuring out how to make it work effectively.  Given that and with our members in mind, we referred to a recent study conducted by Spark Policy Institute and ORS Impact on 25 such cases, outlining what are the key lessons in making collective impact work; what kind of projects they are good for, what are the critical ingredients; what can be applicable for us. Collective Impact Study: It has been about seven years since John…

Learning Through APC: Four things I learnt making a mid-career switch into the development sector

By Atikah Amalina At the end of January this year, I took a leap of faith and left the teaching service after four years.  I was ready to explore other options, primarily my longstanding interest in the development sector.  Throughout my time in teaching, I’d remained involved in various work in the non-profit sector on the side, including running programmes with orphanages in Batam, coordinating bake sales to channel funds to charity causes and organising an awareness-raising trip to a refugee camp in Aceh. Soon after leaving, I had the opportunity to work and learn with Asia Philanthropy Circle, a…