AVPN 2015 conference — aligning networks for collective impact

Abbie Jung (Synergy Social Ventures) recaps the recent AVPN conference in Singapore, describing synergy as beneficial to the impact ecosystem in Asia, and how overcoming fear o failure can help. “Despite the old Chinese proverb, 失敗為成功之母 or ‘Failure is the mother of success’, fear of failure is still a major impediment to risk taking and social innovation in Asia.”

Stacey Choe — Venture philanthropy in practice

Stacey Choe, member services director at AVPN, previews the 2015 Conference and explains the network’s new Capability Development Model for the social investing community, a tool it hopes will also speak to organizations who aren’t yet fully familiar with the venture philanthropy concept.

How to quantify social impact?

The reality that measuring impact is still a relatively new phenomenon means there is still insufficient data available to develop standards. However, the enthusiasm of the participants showed that the market was definitely eager to move beyond checking off outputs, and to truly understand the wider social impact of their work. Article by Stacey Choe.

AVPN blurs ‘two pockets’ into one

The inaugural Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) summit, more than any other gathering I’ve been to, provided concrete answers to the question: ‘how do business and philanthropy mix?’ Typically, they don’t. Yet social entrepreneurship, impact investing and venture philanthropy broadly blur the ‘two pockets’ into one by solving social problems with business models. If business—primarily entrepreneurship—and philanthropy blur into one pocket, the conference addressed the question: what’s the role of each? Article by Ross Baird.

Ruth Jones on venture philanthropy

The European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector continues to evolve. A new report published by the EVPA, provides key statistics and raises awareness so as to attract further resources for the sector. We met with Ruth Jones, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners (SVP) and WINGS board member, to recap her involvement with Asian Venture Philanthropy Network and talk briefly about what makes SVP different.

Doug Miller—Every nonprofit is a business

In a 2008 interview AVPN Chairman Doug Miller likened philanthropy to “a drug which produces feelings of both fulfillment and personal happiness: the more you do, the more you want to do.” We couldn’t agree more. In February, WINGS sat down with Miller to look at the sector through a business lens, and to preview this year’s inaugural AVPN Conference—what will be the network’s first conference in Asia.