Laurence Lien, former CEO of NVPC, on his latest venture, the Asia Philanthropy Circle. “We hope to mobilize philanthropists in Asia, for the purpose of learning, sharing, exchange and joint action.”
Philanthropic giving in Asia is on the increase, undoubtedly linked to the region’s sustained growth and also its rising wealth. Emma Hanley (ActionAid International) calls this “an exciting and crucial time for philanthropy in the region”, bringing attention to bodies that encourage and nurture philanthropy and volunteerism, like the NVPC.
Dana R.H. Doan of LIN Center for Community Development reflects on the PIA2014 Summit held in October in Singapore. “What struck me most was the frequent use of the word ‘collaboration’ and associated terms like partnerships, crowdsourcing, sharing and networking.”
Carl L. Liederman, CEO of LIEDERSHIP, an independent strategic advisory, reflects on the recent Philanthropy In Asia Summit. “Philanthropy is a global phenomenon with regional variations. It is a rare summit when you depart with true knowledge sharing—that is, learning regional lessons that can be applied globally, and vice-versa.”
Esther Tan, assistant director for NVPC, makes the case for foundations to contribute their data for public good. “Data as a public good brings many benefits to the civic sector, according to proponents of open data; it promotes transparency, enhances visibility of the sector’s work, and gives a clearer picture of foundations’ work and how it fits into the existing philanthropic development landscape.”