Starting a new venture philanthropy or social investment organization can be difficult, particularly in a region such as Asia, where the ecosystem for philanthropy is not as evolved as it is in the West. Getting Started in Venture Philanthropy in Asia, AVPN’s guide for new venture philanthropy and social investment organizations, is an important tool that seeks to make life easier for aspiring philanthropists.
Edited by Simon Chadwick, current board director and former CEO of AVPN, the guide contains a wealth of advice from experienced practitioners in Europe where they have been operating for more than 10 years, and also recounts experiences of Asian pioneers and the lessons they learned as new funders and sponsors.
AVPN spoke to Simon about the report and its importance.
Why is this guide important to social investing?
We want new funders and leaders to avoid reinventing the wheel and have the opportunity to quickly move up the learning curve. They can then move more confidently and quickly into implementation rather than planning. One of the most effective ways to increase your long term social impact is to start sooner and scale quicker!