Transnational Giving Asia Feasibility Study

The landscape of international philanthropy today is far more diverse than it was 20 years ago. Today we see funding flow not only from the West, but also between countries in the Global South. With one-third of the world’s wealth and two-thirds of the world’s poor living in Asia, the opportunities for regional giving are immense. However, Asia’s philanthropists face a range of tax, regulatory, and practical challenges that create barriers to giving across borders. Give2Asia, the King Baudouin Foundation, and the Asia Philanthropy Circle are conducting a 1-year feasibility study co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to…

Philippines Early Childhood Development (ECD) Pilot

In the Philippines, 1 out of every 3 Filipino children under 5 is stunted and due to that, 3.8 million children are forced to leave school due to learning gaps in the early years. The Philippines Early Child Care Development (ECCD) Pilot is to respond with better nutrition, increased learning, social protection and improved health in order to ensure whole child development. In following WHO and UNICEF’s nurturing care framework, the ECCD pilot will focus on the first 8 years of a child’s life as these early years contribute greatly to a person’s lifelong outcomes in terms of health, productivity, and…

Myanmar Community Development Fund

The Myanmar Community Development Fund’s (MCDF) mission is to cultivate and empower community leaders and social entrepreneurs in Myanmar to create long-term sustainable and scalable community development projects and businesses that will benefit the community. This fund will identify and develop impact enterprises in Myanmar in sectors with high potential for economic growth and livelihood development.

Indonesia: Mapping of Philanthropic Education Initiatives

Microsite here: There are more students in Indonesia than there are people in Spain, but more than half perform below minimum levels in mathematics and reading.  Progress is being made, but more is needed.  This report analyses Indonesia’s education landscape, and identifies opportunities for philanthropists to focus their efforts and bring about change for the better. Catalysing Productive Livelihood is a publication by Asia Philanthropy Circle that highlights the current state of Indonesia’s education system, the best practices of education interventions in-country and globally, and the “white spaces” in philanthropy efforts.  The report analyses four areas within the education…

1000 Days Fund

1000 Days Fund Indonesia pools funding from members and funders in Singapore and Indonesia to address the issue of stunting and malnutrition in Indonesia. Leveraging partners’ resources, the 5 year programme will pilot in selected areas and work with local communities to target the problems comprehensively. For more information and if you would like to engage in programme partnership, please contact [email protected]

ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue

The ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue is a project under Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), which seeks to bring together ASEAN leaders, members of the Asia Philanthropy Circle, and working-level ASEAN government officials to discuss and agree to act on issues where philanthropy can work with governments in significant ways to address pressing social issues.  It will harness the collective intelligence and resources of strategic Asian philanthropists to grow cross-sectoral partnerships in ASEAN and grow social impact jointly.  The inaugural ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue took place in Singapore on 21 March 2018. Hosted by APC and part of the fringe events accompanying Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship,…

ASEAN Social Impact Awards

The inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards culminated in the awards presentation on 21 March 2018 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) members, ASEAN ministers, senior officials, and other philanthropists and social sector leaders gathered to celebrate and highlight the power of social entrepreneurs and the positive transformational changes they can make to the communities they serve.  Six award finalists, who were chosen out of 160 applications, had the opportunity to showcase their work at the event. Stanley Tan, Chairman of APC and the awards committee, opened the ceremony with a call for greater support and…

Malaysia/Indonesia: School Leadership Development  

Philanthropy in education is popular across Asia but funds mostly flow into physical infrastructure and scholarships, and not into education software.  In particular, in order to effectively improve on the public education space, APC believes that we have to address the capability of the top level of school management as this is a critical factor for the success of any school and for changes to be effective.  APC’s pilot programme to train school leaders/principals is working with the India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) and Global School Leaders, the international platform for school leadership development programmes that are delivered locally. The…

Singapore: A Pilot Assisted Living Facility

Accommodation and service options for the senior population in Singapore is currently limited and nursing homes do not cater for seniors with low dependency needs and desire high autonomy and purposeful-living.  The Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Pilot aims to provide a demonstrable model for the market and government, offering a more community-centric model that engages with the residents.  APC is collaborating with a non-profit organisation to build this first purpose-built facility in Singapore.

Indonesia: A Collaborative Community Development Effort in a Low-Cost Public Housing Community

Our Indonesian members are coming together to combine their resources and expertise in different fields in the community building of a rusunawa in Jakarta.  Working with GK (Gerakan Kepedulian) Indonesia, the project aims to work on a holistic level on the different issues affecting the communities living in such areas: education, healthcare, infrastructure, community-building and livelihoods.  The hope is that this project will eventually become a demonstration project for community building in other rusunawas.