10th Anniversary: Give2Asia Milestones

In 2001, The Asia Foundation founded Give2Asia to increase the quality and quantity of philanthropy for Asia. Since then, Give2Asia has emerged as the leader in philanthropy services for corporations, foundations and individuals seeking to improve life in Asia, raising $200 million for investment across 23 countries. Here are some of our milestones along the way.


Over the years, the mission of The Asia Foundation and Give2Asia continue to complement one another. Click below to learn more about Give2Asia’s ongoing relationship with The Asia Foundation.

China continues to receive more grants each year than any other country, and education receives more than any other field of interest. China receives about one-third of Give2Asia’s annual giving. Click below to learn more about Give2Asia’s first grant, made in partnership with the Robert N. Chang Foundation.

Give2Asia works with community foundations across the country to reach the causes and countries their donors care about most. Click to learn more about Give2Asia’s services for community foundations.

The events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent military intervention in Afghanistan spurred nationwide interest in the central Asian country. However, anti-terrorism legislation also raised the legal hurdle for international grantmaking. Click below to learn how international giving changed after September 11, 2001.

In 2006, Women for Prosperity provided non-partisan training to over 600 of the 953 women elected to political office in Cambodia that year. In total, over 5,000 Cambodian women have been elected after receiving Women for Prosperity’s training. Click to find out more about Give2Asia’s fiscal sponsorship services.

Following China, India is the second largest recipient country of Give2Asia grants. Health programs have also received the second-most funding by field of interest. Click to learn more about our work in India.

Give2Asia now partners with over 70 companies to facilitate philanthropy to Asia. Our corporate partners are regularly awarded for their philanthropy, social responsibility and positive public image. Click to learn more about Give2Asia’s corporate philanthropy services and our corporate partners.

Nine years later, Johnson & Johnson not only continues to commit financial resources, but they also dedicate employee time and expertise to support health related programs across Asia. Click for more information on our corporate clients.

With Give2Asia’s first grant to the country, The Asia Foundation was able to build a small shelter for victims of domestic violence and trafficking in the capital of Vientienne. In its first two years, the shelter helped 190 women through vocational training and provided accommodation for 120 more. Read more about the first women’s shelter in Laos by clicking below.

Using its local field advisors, Give2Asia was able to fund strategic projects across five affected countries: India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Nearly a decade later, Give2Asia has responded to over 30 disasters throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Our founding CEO, Mike Rea is returning to the Indian Ocean to follow up on Give2Asia’s projects undertaken in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami. To track Mike Rea’s Tsunami + 10 work, click here. To read about our current disaster response programs, click below.

Following our initial partnership with the Skoll Foundation, three social entrepreneurs identified through Give2Asia have won Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Awards: Sakena Yacoobi of Afghan Institute of Learning, Sebastien Marot of Friends International, and Cecilia Flores-Oebanda of Visayan Forum. Read more about these three individuals by clicking below.

As a result of the new partnership, donors have access to high quality, locally informed, and accountable philanthropic services in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Click to read more about the Alliance for International Giving.

Thousands of patients in rural Maharashtra continue to benefit from this program made possible by Give2Asia’s largest grant to date. Read more about Give2Asia’s largest grant and the patients who benefitted from the surgery reimbursement program.

Today, Burma is undergoing a period of transition. In response, some U.S. sanctions have recently been eased. Click below to read “How Can International Assistance to Burma Avoid the Mistakes of the Past?” from Thomas Parks of The Asia Foundation.

Give2Asia’s projects went far beyond providing basic necessities. Over two years we funded counseling and training for local teachers, provided mobile classrooms to operate while schools were under construction, established a fleet of maternal care ambulances, a breast cancer center, and organized local cooperatives to replace lost income sources. Click to read about Give2Asia’s Sichuan Earthquake response, projects and strategy.

Thanks to our dedicated partners, donors and Board of Directors, Give2Asia was able to reach its initial 10th Anniversary goal in 2009. Here we are three years later and Give2Asia has doubled that, reaching $200 million in gifts. Read our 2006 press release outlining our five-year goals by clicking here. Learn about our 10th Anniversary Fund by clicking below.

The audience for Give2Asia’s day-long Beijing Philanthropy Forum discussed a wide-range of topics related to philanthropy in China, including investment in education, opportunities for business and corporations, and the challenges associated with charity in China.

In Korean American Philanthropy: Traditions, Trends and Potential Give2Asia asserts that there is a strong tradition of informal giving among Korean culture but that the Western notion of philanthropy is a recent addition to this tradition. Our most recent research is on Best Practices for Disaster Giving. Click to view and download other recent research.

Mith Samlanh — the Cambodian chapter of Friends International — has been able to increase its sustainability level and reinvest capital in its services and facilities, which are used by more than 1,600 disadvantaged Cambodian children each day. Click to read more about The Sanctuary Fund, Friends International and Program-Related Investment.

In 2004, private chemical companies took over an old state-owned enterprise that had long produced pesticides and dyes in Qiugang. “The Warriors of Qiugang,” a documentary funded by Give2Asia, follows the struggle of the local community to stop the pollution. The attention received by the film’s Oscar nomination is credited with catalyzing the clean-up effort in Qiugang by the local government and chemical factories. Click below to watch the trailer.

Currently, Give2Asia’s largest ongoing disaster response effort is in northeastern Japan. More than a year after the disaster, we remain committed to the full recovery of life in the Tohoku region. Click to read Give2Asia’s One-Year Anniversary Report and Lessons Learned Report.

Immediately after acquiring the APPC, Give2Asia launched the Asian Philanthropy Advisory Network to open access to APPC’s research and the expertise of Give2Asia’s field advisor network to philanthropists the world over. Click below to read the APPC’s research contributions.

Starting in 2012 all of Give2Asia’s safe, flexible and knowledgable services are available to corporations, individuals and foundations with the benefit of a Hong Kong tax-deduction.

Professional corporate grantmakers, accompanied by Give2Asia meet with government officials, local charities, and Give2Asia’s Beijing staff to understand more about opportunities and best practices of corporate giving in China. Click below to learn more about Give2Asia’s immersion program.

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