A Generation of Change-Makers


This report, written in partnership with SymAsia Foundation, Creditsuisse’ philanthropic arm, takes a deep dive into emerging trends in philanthropy across Asia as seen through the journeys of 5 prominent givers who are each redefining what it means to be impact-driven. The profiles offer local as well as regional insights from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore and demonstrate the following:

  1. Their journey to philanthropy and how their approach to giving has evolved over the years
  2. Their unique contribution to the philanthropic ecosystem or innovative approach to change-making
  3. Lessons learned and advice for others seeking to make an impact

Featured changemakers include:

  • Annie Chen – RS Group (Hong Kong)
  • Gavin Vongkusolkit – Erawan Group, Banpu Public Company Limited, Glowfish (Thailand)
  • Laurence Lien – Asia Philanthropy Circle (Singapore)
  • Mary Ann Tsao – Tsao Family Foundation (Singapore)
  • Noni Purmono – Bluebird Peduli (Indonesia)

While every philanthropic endeavour is unique, philanthropists often grapple with similar questions such as: (i) what their unique role is in addressing existing and emerging issues, (ii) how they can do more with the resources they have on hand, and (iii) how they can be seen as leading the charge whilst aligning with others who are working towards similar goals.

We hope that this report will serve as a tool for other changemakers by bringing awareness to a diverse range of perspectives and approaches to impact-driven work, showcasing new tools and approaches, and highlighting challenges and lessons learned.


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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

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