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:
- Their journey to philanthropy and how their approach to giving has evolved over the years
- Their unique contribution to the philanthropic ecosystem or innovative approach to change-making
- 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.