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Levers For Change: Philanthropy in Select South East Asian Countries

Monday, June 30, 2014 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm PDT
The James Irvine Foundation
One Bush Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA
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Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Give2Asia and Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) are pleased to host the launch ofLevers for Change: Philanthropy in Select South East Asian Countries. Published by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, a Singapore based think-tank, the report examines the growth and extent of strategic philanthropy in four countries—Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Through an analysis of the policy environment, infrastructures supporting philanthropy, giving practices and field interviews, the report attempts to answer key questions and common assumptions about philanthropy in Asia.

Has philanthropic giving in South East Asia matched the fast pace of wealth creation and is this philanthropy targeted to addressing critical social issues? Are the newly wealthy deploying their incredible resources to solve entrenched social problems by becoming active participants in the social economy?

The report's findings are highly relevant as countries across Southeast Asia grapple with rising inequality and social disparities despite the remarkable economic growth of recent years.

Who Can Attend

This program is free and open to NCG members, AAPIP members and Give2Asia partners and donors.


Prapti Upadhyay Anand is the author of this study and a consultant at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore. Before relocating to Singapore from San Francisco in 2009, Prapti was a Program Associate at The California Endowment, where she managed a portfolio of grants designed to improve community health and related health and human services in the Bay Area counties.

Prior to leading this 2-year research study at the Lien Centre, Prapti consulted with the SingHealth Foundation, a hospital foundation, where she developed a grant monitoring and evaluation framework for the foundation and served as a strategy consultant to The SingHealth Office of Research in developing a 5-year business plan for SingHealth's biomedical research centers. She started her career in international development in her home-country of Nepal, where she worked with multiple international donors on a range of maternal, community health, economic development and sustainable development programmes.

She holds a Masters in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at The University of Southern California, as well as a Master's in Sociology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Crystal Hayling, the Editor of the report is a principal of C2 Projects and consults with businesses, social enterprises, and foundations on topics including women's health and development, community health care, nonprofit management, social innovation and strategic philanthropy.

Prior to moving to Singapore in 2010, Crystal was President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation where she oversaw the distribution of more than $100 million in grants. A graduate of Yale University, she participated in the Yale-China post-graduate program in Wuhan, China. She holds a Masters in Management Science from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Lien Centre for Social Innovation in Singapore and the Center for Effective Philanthropy located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her writings about the social economy can be found at