AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Myanmar Speaker Series “Re-Shaping Philanthropy: Epic Foundation’s Outlook 2017 Trends and Innovations”

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


11th Floor of MAC Tower
561, Merchant Road,



Date & time

03 May 2017



03 May 2017


About this event

Epic Foundation bridges the gap between a new generation of donors – philanthropists, corporations and foundations – and organisations supporting children and youth globally. The organisation hinges on new tools focused on enhancing how donors select, monitor and experience their impact. Their vision is to disrupt the philanthropic industry by combining technology and partnerships with change-making leadership.

The Epic Outlook 2017 is a unique research based on the analysis of over 2,000 NGOs and social enterprises supporting children and youth globally. Key topics include:

  • what are the forces re-shaping the philanthropic market?
  • what are the key challenges and innovations emerging among non-profits globally?
  • what is the role of strategic philanthropists in fostering innovations and social impact today?

Please join AVPN for a lunch time discussion on trends, challenges, and innovations in the social investment space with Epic Foundation.

A light lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 30 participants.


  • Registratiom

    12.00 PM

  • Welcome Remarks

    12.10 PM

  • Introduction

    12.15 PM

  • Presentation

    12.20 PM

  • Lunch, Q&A & Networking

    1.00 PM

  • End

    2.00 PM


Epic Outlook 2017, in a nutshell…

Epic Outlook 2017 is a byproduct of Epic Foundation’s global Selection Process. In 2015 and 2016, Epic’s team has analyzed 30,000 data points coming from 2,000+ organizations, traveled to meet fantastic teams in over 65 organizations across 5 continents, and collaborated with 100+ foundations, think-tanks and venture-philanthropy funds. This has allowed to identify outstanding organizations, interesting trends and social innovations. Research and analysis for Epic Outlook 2017 was conducted using Epic’s assessment methodology which covers for each organization 15 criteria across three key areas: Impact, Operations and Governance. The report summarizes key findings and provides actionable tips for high-impact organizations and strategic donors.

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AVPN Myanmar Speaker Series “Re-Shaping Philanthropy: Epic Foundation’s Outlook 2017 Trends and Innovations”

3 May 2017

12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Phandeeyar 11th Floor of MAC Tower 561, Merchant Road, Yangon

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About the Speaker

Nicola Crosta

Nicola Crosta

Executive Vice President Epic Foundation

Nicola has over 15 years’ experience working in leading international organizations across developing countries. Prior to joining Epic, Nicola worked for the United Nations (UNCDF), serving as Representative in Cambodia (2008-2011) and then as global Head of Policy in New York (2011-2014).

Nicola served more than a decade at the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From 2005-2008, he was the Head of the OECD Rural Development Program, where he covered over 30 advanced and developing countries. He has written numerous publications and delivered lectures on development economics and philanthropy worldwide.

In 2000, he founded Kids Home Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides thousands of migrant children from across South-East Asia with access to education and healthcare.

Nicola holds a Masters in Public Administration at Sciences Po (Paris) and a Masters in Business Administration at ESCP (Oxford). He is a passionate traveller and kite surfer. He currently lives in Bangkok with his wife and three sons.

About the Organiser


AVPN is a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact philanthropy and social investment community across Asia. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to philanthropy and social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.



Phandeeyar (“creation place”) is an innovation lab that is spearheading the development of Myanmar’s tech ecosystem. Phandeeyar invests in local technology startups, trains new entrepreneurs and builds the pool of tech talent. Phandeeyar also helps civic and social entrepreneurs, CSOs and independent media use technology to increase their impact and runs a co-working space out of its 6000 square foot space located in the heart of downtown Yangon.


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