Venture Philanthropy Gains New Ground in China


Alfred Poon



Chinese Premier Li Keqiang mentioned in his parliamentary address that venture philanthropy should be adopted by local governments in China to provide support for early stage social organisations. In his speech on the innovation of the social sector, he spoke about the need for transparency, revamp of the tax system, and also for the sector to monitor and discipline itself.

It appears that AVPN will have our work cut out for us in the months ahead for China. On our most recent trip to Beijing and Shanghai, our chairman and vice-chair addressed a community of government representatives, foundation leaders and finance professionals on the role of venture philanthropy and the importance of tri-sector collaboration.

AVPN member CreditEase launched the China Initiative for Social Finance with Beijing Normal University at the event. A full report in Mandarin is available here.

Other members are also actively involved in the China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum (CSEIF), which count the Social Enterprise Research Center, Narada Foundation, Beijing United Charity Foundation, Leping Foundation, Non Profit Incubator, as their founding members. The forum, formed by a loose alliance of progressive foundations, was launched in September 2014 and will seek to form a bridge between social organisations and investors, whilst providing training, resources, and advocacy for the social investing sector in China.

AVPN regularly travels to China, amongst other member countries, to link up with our membership base. Check our events page for updates.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Alfred Poon

Deputy Program Director

Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications

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