AVPN, China

We are supporting the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) in its efforts to build a high impact philanthropy and social investment community in Greater China.

AVPN is a Pan-Asian network whose mission is to drive a more strategic, collaborative approach to social investment and philanthropy across Asia.

With the support of over 600 members from all over the world and a fruitful collaboration with its global partner European Venture Philanthropy Network, AVPN pools together private, public and social sectors to address the key social challenges that Asia faces.

AVPN organises workshops, shares important information and researches about the social sector in Asia, and offers specific opportunities for investors and philanthropists to collaborate, with the ultimate goal of strengthening and expanding the ecosystem of active players involved in tackling root causes of poverty.

The Trafigura Foundation is supporting AVPN to strengthen its footprint in Greater China and help the organisation become a key player to advance the development of the social sector in this region. In 2019, AVPN made significant progress in raising its profile. This was achieved through organising events, speaking at conferences and spreading the word at events attended by network members. After organising a roundtable on Donor Advised Fund in August in Beijing, AVPN held a breakout session on Asian trends in impact investing and a workshop on impact measurement at Chengdu’s China Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Forum. This increased the visibility of AVPN’s network in China, demonstrated by a rising number of members, as well as requests from other organisations to co-organise events.

Another key focus in 2019 was facilitating peer learning between Chinese and other global philanthropic institutions. This was achieved through the sharing of key resources and providing opportunities for dialogue to exchange on best practices.

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