On record with Doug Miller: Every nonprofit is a business


March 1, 2013

WINGS recently interviewed AVPN Founding chairman, Doug Miller on his thoughts of  venture philanthropy and his background in private equity. Read the full interview here.

“People are coming to realise that human capital is extremely important. You can’t just invest capital in addressing social problems; you have to invest in a smart way.”

Doug Miller is Chairman of the board of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Founding trustee of Impetus Trust in the UK, and Founding chairman and honorary president of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). Miller believes that venture philanthropy is a methodology that has significant potential for creating social value, and that engagement can come by providing financial, intellectual or human capital. In a 2008 interview he said, “philanthropy is like a drug which produces feelings of both fulfillment and personal happiness: the more you do, the more you want to do.” We couldn’t agree more. In February, WINGS Managing Editor Chris de la Torre sat down with Miller to look at the sector through a business lens, and to preview this year’s inaugural AVPN Conference—what will be the network’s first conference in Asia.

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