Scaling Impact Through Collaborative Philanthropy

9th June 2020 12:00pm Singapore Time

Session Highlights:

  • While the benefits of collaboration for systemic change are well understood, there are also many impediments. Key stakeholders must clearly define their motivations and objectives before identifying possible collaborators and areas for collaboration.
  • Clarity of purpose between all parties involved is key to driving and sustaining good collaborations. Speakers stressed the importance of transparent communications about goals, motivations and what each party will contribute in terms of both monetary and non-monetary resources. Synergies around project timelines and evaluation metrics are key to defining what success looks like individually and collectively.
  • Panelists highlighted the need to include the voices of the beneficiaries who are experiencing these issues on the ground. This group should be kept front and centre of all efforts to create systemic social impact, rather than being an afterthought.

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Session Description

With a growing and diversifying philanthropic environment cross-sector, multi-stakeholder collaborations are becoming more viable and established across Asia. Philanthropists and philanthropic organisations align their aims in order to achieve collective impact and champion systems change initiatives that address issues that demand solutions at scale, such as climate change and gender equality.

This session will showcase different models of collaborative philanthropy active in Asia today,  what makes them successful, and how this approach can be used to overcome systemic challenges in Asia such as gender inequality and climate change. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to express their specific aims and interests, with the view to bringing ecosystems together after this session.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand what collaborative philanthropy entails and the different models it can have
  • Learn about collaboratives in Asia that are addressing gender issues
  • Understand how collaborative philanthropies can bridge across issues and sectors


Simon (Mac) McKenzie

Moderator: Simon (Mac) McKenzie

Director Bridge Institute

Deepali Khanna

Deepali Khanna

Managing Director of Asia Regional Office Rockefeller Foundation

Pradeep Nair

Pradeep Nair

Regional Director FORD FOUNDATION

M Hari Menon

M Hari Menon

Director, India Country Office Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (IN)

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