Upcoming Program


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.  

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.





Salzburg Global Seminar is an international not-for profit institutions with offices and activities in multiple countries. A US 501(c)(3) institution, Salzburg Global Seminar's annual budget is set US Dollars and program fees are also calculated in US Dollars. The cost of this program is US $3000. This fee covers the cost of the program, program materials, accommodation and meals. The fee does not cover travel costs to Salzburg.

Salzburg Global Seminar offers a discount for registering early. If you register by August 31, 2018, the cost of the program is US $2500.

Scholarships and Discounts: In order to gather individuals from a wide variety of sectors and countries, where funding allows, Salzburg Global may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships and discounts to participants and Fellows from universities, research institutes, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and public officials from developing (non-OECD) countries. If you would like to apply for a scholarship or discount, please send your CV or brief bio and personal statement to

After your registration for a session is accepted, payment is due within five (5) business days after receipt of the confirmation. Payment can be made via credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or by bank transfer.

Cancellation Fees: In case of cancellation, a participant may transfer registration to another member of the participant's organization (city, department, firm, etc.) upon mutual agreement. Alternatively:

  • Cancellation more than 60 days before the program: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than 60 days and more than 30 days before the event: 50% refund
  • Cancellation less than 30 days, but more than 14 days: 25% refund
  • Cancellation less than 14 days: no refund




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: