Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN

As social problems becoming increasingly complex, APC believes that more can be done if governments and philanthropists work in concert. There is value in coming together to align goals and harness each other’s unique strengths. This would leverage the collective intelligence and capacity for better social outcomes. The Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN is a first attempt to draw attention to the benefits of governments and philanthropists working together for social good. It examines the current public-philanthropic landscape in ASEAN and suggests practical ways that governments and philanthropists can work together in the near to long term….

ASEAN Impact 25: Impactful Philanthropists in ASEAN

On our journey to build a better Asia, we at Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) have been inspired by numerous philanthropists who are willing to take innovative approaches to create systemic social change and to effectively improve the lives of their communities. APC has compiled the narratives of 25 such impactful philanthropists from across the region to form ASEAN Impact 25: a catalogue that  outlines the overall impact of their efforts, the motivations that drive their philanthropic work and the milestones they have set for their philanthropy in the coming years. Our hope is that these stories will encourage fellow philanthropists…

Talent Development in the Philanthropy Sector

Across Asia, as philanthropy grows and aims to be more impactful, there is increased demand for more professionalised forms of philanthropy, which in turn requires a ready pool of professionals with expertise and interest in this area.  However, it has also become obvious that the market for social sector professionals who understand what philanthropists want to achieve and who can work with them effectively is limited.  Whichever sector the leaders are taken from, there is often a mismatch: in expectations, in execution, and in the retention of these talents.  The danger is that philanthropic aspirations will run ahead of the…

Singapore/Regional: Cross-Border Giving Guide

The Cross Border Giving Guides act as toolkits for new philanthropists going into countries that they are not so familiar with. The guides provide a landscape review of the country, including recommendations from experienced practitioners on the ground, relating to the regulatory framework, cultural issues, sources for information, and case studies. APC has kicked off the first in the series with a guide for Myanmar, which will also inform our work for the Myanmar Community Development Fund, and help members to navigate working in the country which still has an under-developed social sector infrastructure. Watch out for more guides to other countries at our online resource centre: