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PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL INVESTMENT

Past Program

Overview

The most significant challenges facing society today are complex and interdisciplinary, requiring long-term solutions, collaborations, and bold new ideas. Planetary health and climate change, rapidly advancing technologies, massive demographic shifts, economic inequality and poverty, fast-growing urban communities, and changes to our systems of education and employment necessitate new investments by public and private sector groups working together. As transnational challenges multiply, philanthropy and investment are at an important crossroads.

Philanthropists, impact investors, and social investors are already working with government policymakers, the corporate sector, and civil society groups around the world to better understand how to shift capital flows for radically more effective social impact, developing new approaches to philanthropy that combine innovations and approaches from across sectors and investment models. As innovative social investing approaches continue to emerge, there are new opportunities to understand global trends; enhance cross border, collaborative exchange; and compare philanthropic and impact investing models across disciplines and institutions. 

As an increasing number of foundations move beyond traditional grant making and experiment with innovations in social investing, including social impact bonds, collaborative philanthropy, and impact investment funds, the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network and Salzburg Global Seminar will convene a globally diverse group of foundations and social investors to exchange strategies for addressing global challenges, enhancing collaboration, exploring effective talent management approaches, and offering greater opportunities for investments that offer longer-term and deeper opportunities for impact. The program will include individuals and organizations from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, and will be designed to highlight new approaches to generate impact in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The program – part of the long-running Salzburg Global series on Philanthropy and Social Investment – will combine plenary discussions and small-group workshops to inspire, equip, and enable participants to develop commitments to action, take back practical lessons and toolkits, and apply them to their own organizations.
 

Participant Profile

The program seeks to bring together representatives from private or family foundations, corporate foundations, and other social and impact foundations interested to share ideas on global trends in social investing and strategic philanthropy and explore innovative ways to advance their social missions.

Program Format

The program will gather a group of 30 to 40 people at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg and will combine panel discussions with working group sessions and small group discussions.  

Please click here to download the draft program agenda. 

Key Questions

The program will create an open space for discussions on innovative new social investment models, best practices and impact metrics, and will address key questions about global and regional trends around social investing and strategic philanthropy, such as: 

  • What different types of institutions involved in philanthropy and social investment can learn from cross-discipline engagement? 
  • How does the convergence of ideas and approaches from traditional philanthropy, impact investing, social investment, corporate philanthropy and other types of funding sources impact the future of philanthropy? 
  • When brand and bottom line are considerations alongside social impact, how do companies most effectively utilize philanthropy? 
  • Which people and what talent profiles can transform philanthropy and social investment globally? 
     

Outcomes and Impact

The program is designed to inform and stimulate thinking and practice of participants, to provide case studies, options, and viewpoints which can be adopted, adapted, or rejected. Topics may include: 

  • Mapping Trends and Opportunities in Social Investing 
  • Collaborative Philanthropy and Impact
  • Global Talent Management for Effective Philanthropy 
  • Blended Finance
  • Learning from Successes and Failures of Philanthropic Giving
  • Asian Approaches to Impact Investing and Social Investing
  • Maximizing Impact 
  • Collaborations to Tackle Climate Change 
     

Multi-Year Series

The Philanthropy and Social Investment series contributes to the alignment of global financial flows with sustainable and inclusive development. Through multi-partner collaborations focused on emerging trends and best practices, the series fosters an enabling environment for talent management, diversity and innovation in traditional and corporate philanthropy and in social and impact investment.

Participants

Brij Bali
Doctoral (DBA) Candidate, University of Bath, U.K. and President, International Talent Hub, Canada
Silke Breimaier
Senior Manager, Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany
Ada Chirapaisarnkul
Founder and Managing Director, Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN), Thailand
Patricia Chu
Greater China Director, AVPN, Singapore
Dimitry Dikman
Member, Board of Trustees, Rybakov Foundation, USA
Vincent Faber
Executive Director, Trafigura Foundation, France
Ludwig Forrest
Philanthropy Advisor, King Baudouin Foundation, Belgium
Helena Geefay
Talent Development Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, USA
Heather Grady
Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, USA
Christopher Grygo
Director of Talent Development, Ford Foundation, USA
Nadine Hack
CEO, beCause Global Consulting, Switzerland
Minsu Kim
Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Impact Square, Republic of Korea
Annette Kleinbrod
Advisor for International Cooperation, Association of German Foundations, Germany
Siddhi Lad
Assistant Vice President of CSR and Chief Operating Officer of DHFL Changing Lives Foundation, DHFL, India
Tat Lam
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shanzhai City, Hong Kong SAR, China
Lina Lim
Director of Impact Investing, Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation, Australia
Min Liu
Chairperson, Global Chinese Benevolent Foundation, China
Ruel Maranan
President, Ayala Foundation, Inc., Philippines
Matt Reed
Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation, USA
Florencia Roitstein
Founder and Director, ELLAS, Women and Philanthropy, Argentina
Ekaterina Rybakova
Co-founder and President, Rybakov Foundation, Russia
Alyson Sattler
Alyson Sattler, Vice President, Corporate Charitable Giving, Capital Group, USA
Shabnam Sinha
Lead Education Specialist, India, World Bank, India
Ashima Suri
Operations Senior Manager, AVPN, India
Naina Subberwal Batra
Chief Executive Officer, AVPN, Singapore
Silvia Traunwieser
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Salzburg, Austria
Francisca Ukabiala
Director of Corporate Services, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Nigeria
Pat Utomi
Founder and CEO, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Nigeria
Margreet van Doodewaard
Principal Strategist, Hivos, Netherlands
Amitav Virmani
Founder and CEO, The Education Alliance, India
Jason Wang
Managing Partner, Cypress River Advisors, USA
Limei Wang
Council Secretary, Beautiful Gardener Education Foundation, China
Qinghong Wang
Deputy Chief Development Officer and Director of the Global Philanthropy Leaders Program, China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI), China
Xiaomeng Wang
Vice Chairman, Jiamusi Public Transport Co., Ltd., China
Zhen Wang
Managing Director, Zhifei Impact Communications Consultancy, China
Clare Woodcraft
Founder and Executive Director, Woodcraft Associates Inc., France
Celine Yvon
Head of Programs, Trafigura Foundation, Switzerland
Jufang Zhang
CEO and Founder, Capacity Building and Assessment Center, China
Rui Zhang
Executive Director, CGPI International Philanthropic Innovation Center (CGPI-IPIC), China

SESSION PARTNER

PARTNER

PROGRAM PARTNER

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) is a membership-based funders’ network committed to building a vibrant and high-impact social investment ecosystem across Asia from philanthropy to impact investing. With 490+ members, AVPN is a platform, advocate and capacity builder working across sectors and borders to catalyze a more strategic and collaborative approach to social investing. Members include foundations and trusts, corporations, impact funds, government agencies, universities and research organizations as well as intermediaries. AVPN’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of social investors in Asia - engaging a diverse group of stakeholders to address key trends and innovations in Asia. For more information, please visit: www.avpn.asia