Give2Asia, an international nonprofit that builds the capacity of local charitable groups across Asia, announces today that Mr. George SyCip has been appointed to serve as its next Chairman of the Board and will begin his term on August 15, 2016.
Mr. SyCip is committed to making Asian communities more prosperous and currently serves on the boards of several international and Asia-focused organizations, including the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, the Global Heritage Fund, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the California Asia Business Council. Mr. SyCip is President of Halanna Management Corporation and a Founder and Principal in Galaxaco China Group LLC. Mr. SyCip advises a variety of companies in their cross-border endeavors between the US/Europe and Asia.
“With the role of charities and social enterprises changing significantly in China, India and elsewhere, Give2Asia’s work has never been more important,” said Dr. Ta-lin Hsu, who is finishing his current term as Give2Asia’s Chairman of the Board after serving in the role for over five years. “George SyCip is committed to expanding Give2Asia’s work, further establishing our presence in the region, and building new relationships with international philanthropists and investors.”
Prior to setting up his own offices, Mr. SyCip had a career in banking, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of United Savings Bank, a leading provider of banking services to California’s Asian communities and a major originator of home mortgages in the State. He currently sits on several corporate boards, including Bank of the Orient in San Francisco, Beneficial Life Insurance Company in the Philippines, Alliance Select Foods international, Inc., Spence & Co., Ltd., Paxys, Inc., and Agritech Faso SA.
He has also served as Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco’s Social Services Department. He was Director and Treasurer of the San Francisco Education Fund and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and served on Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies Advisory Board, as well as Grameen Foundation USA's Philippine Advisory Council.
People investing in charitable programs strive to understand the local context and the impact of their giving. Give2Asia makes it possible to support local organizations in Asia addressing critical issues such as healthcare, education, livelihood, and the environment.
Give2Asia currently works in 25 countries building a network of over 2,000 vetted charitable orgnaizations since Give2Asia was founded in 2001. Give2Asia builds long-term connections between donors and local programs in Asia by fostering trust and accountability on both sides of the relationship. To date, Give2Asia has served over 15,000 international donors, including corporations, individuals and private foundations.
Give2Asia has a team of local staff, advisors and partners that ensure projects are effective, results are transparent, and grant recipients are accountable. We report on activities to certify that projects meet the needs of the target beneficiaries and the donor, and we try to find new ways to expand sources of funding.