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The impact space in New Zealand

David Woods 16 October 2018

In the last few weeks, at least three events have helped to move forward the awareness of how impact investment is developing as a sector in New Zealand – the RIAA New Zealand conference and …


Not all social enterprises are the same

Andrew Milner 6 October 2018

In Amitabh Behar’s recent Philanthropy Thinker column, he sees – and deplores – the rise of a new form of non-profit organisation (NPO) which is ‘located in the market’ and attempts to impose simplistic, often …


Economy, society and environment all in focus for new Ashoka Fellows

Alliance magazine 3 October 2018

The Ashoka Changemakers Forum, held at the end of August in Singapore, unveiled four new Ashoka fellows from Malaysia and Singapore, two from each country. The four are Zhihan Lee whose BagoSphere initiative is addressing …

Prominent strategic corporate foundations could soon emerge in Myanmar

Association of German Foundations 30 September 2018

Interview with Naina Subberwal Batra Chairperson and CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPN) Naina, what are the three broad issues that will drive Myanmar’s foundation and philanthropy sector in the next 10 years?  Sustainable livelihoods, …

Philanthropy in Malaysia will take a more collaborative approach

Association of German Foundations 27 September 2018

Interview with Naina Subberwal Batra Chairperson and CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPN) Naina, what are the three broad issues that will drive the Malaysian foundation and philanthropy sector in the next 10 years?  Religious …

Social enterprise is eroding civil society

2 Amitabh Behar 25 September 2018 For Subscribers

An incisive editorial cartoon shows Mahatma Gandhi being read a letter stating that his funding proposal for spinning cloth is being rejected because the link between the proposal and the struggle against the British empire …

Taking leadership in Asia: Engaging with policy sector for impact

Patsian Low 13 September 2018

Recently, there have been vocal challenges that question whether the impact capital movement has affected systemic changes. Critics have pointed out that majority of impact capital are busy with fragmented and independent programmes, leaving systemic …

Interview: Annie Chen, RS Group, Hong Kong

Andrew Milner 11 September 2018 For Subscribers

At the forefront of the fast-developing social investment sector in Asia are organisations like RS Group. Neither a typical investment house, nor a typical philanthropic institution, yet it makes both grants and investments. At the …

Gerlinde Scholz appointed as new Executive Officer of Australian Community Philanthropy

Alliance magazine 10 September 2018

Australian Community Philanthropy has appointed Gerlinde Scholz as new Executive Officer.  Gerlinde’s career to date has included senior executive roles at the University of Melbourne, a specialist medical research institute, and a family violence organisation …

New interactive online platform launched to map funding trends in Australia

Alliance magazine 6 September 2018

Foundation Maps: Australia, an interactive online platform that will provide insight about the grantmaking practices of Australian foundations was launched today at the Philanthropy Australia National Conference. A joint initiative of Philanthropy Australia and US-based …