Collaborative Philanthropy Convening

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21 June 2023


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

AVPN is delighted to announce a by-invitation one-day convening on 21 June 2023 for 25 – 30 philanthropists, foundations, social investors and grantees involved in collaborative philanthropy.

For those who wish to register their interest, please note that only AVPN Global Conference 2023 ticket holders will be considered.


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AVPN’s first convening for collaborative philanthropy was held in Singapore in 2019. The pandemic since then has accelerated collaboration in the region, and this year’s gathering aims to take advantage of this momentum to build a solid platform for collaborative giving in the region.

About the Event

AVPN is hosting a by-invitation one-day convening on 21 June 2023 for 25 to 30 philanthropists, foundations, social investors and grantees involved in collaborative philanthropy.

A side event to the AVPN Global Conference 2023 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the facilitated gathering will allow participants to learn from their peers, strengthen the community of collaborative philanthropy practitioners, and open pathways for working together.

In this convening, Bridgespan Group will also showcase their ongoing research on philanthropy in the region, highlighting models of collaboration, new trends and case studies.

The 1-day event will culminate with a workshop for the participants to articulate a shared vision and aspiration for the future of Asian philanthropy. On the last day of the Conference (22 June), there will be a session devoted to sharing the insights from this convening to a wider audience.


Build and strengthen your network in collaborative philanthropy.

Share successes, learn from challenges and brainstorm pathways forward.

Have a good time!


What to expect at the event

9:00 am | Welcome and Introduction

9:30 am | Serendipity by Design: Intentionality in Creating Collaborative Opportunities (Case Study and Workshop)

A case study presented by Dr. Arnil Paras, Head of AVPN Academy, outlining the key elements of a serendipitous collaboration.   

The case study will be followed by a workshop where participants share their own stories of collaboration, mapping their experiences to takeaways from the case study. 

10:30 am | Tea break

10:45 am | Mobilizing Unrestricted Pooled Funds for STEM (Fireside Chat)

The fireside chat features Dee Bourbon, Social Performance Advisor, APAC, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Co. (CAPEP), Antara Lahiri, Director, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Micron Foundation, Janine Teo, CEO, Solve Education and Aimy Lee, COO, Penang Science Cluster. 

11:30 | Preparing for Future Disaster – Collaborative Philanthropy in Disaster Resilience (Fireside Chat and Workshop)

A fireside chat chaired by Charities Aid Foundation and joined by organisations actively involved in disaster response and relief efforts discussing how collaborative philanthropy approaches can play a key part in building disaster resilience and preparedness in Asia. The discussion will be preceded by a mini-activity called “We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Build It”. 

12:30 pm | Lunch

2:00 pm | Research Deep Dive: Models of Collaboration in Asia and Beyond: Opportunities and Trends

A session led by Chris Addy and Xueling Lee of The Bridgespan Group, sharing insights from Bridgespan’s ongoing research on philanthropy in the region, highlighting models of collaboration, new trends and case studies in Asia.

3:00 pm | Snowball Brainstorming (Workshop)

A small-group workshop run by the AVPN Academy team, where participants will take account of their unique set of resources as a group and ideate ways in which they can combine strengths in exciting ways.

4:00 pm | Tea break 

4:15 pm | Emoji, Emoticons and Philanthropy

Participants will reflect on their highlights from the convening and summarise their takeaways in a creative exercise. The AVPN team will close the session with a summary of the day and a look at what’s to come. 

5:30 pm | End of Programme

5:45 pm to 7:00 pm | Post Session Networking (Optional)

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