American Companies & Their Employees Sending Relief to Nepal: San Francisco-based Give2Asia helping them connect with local responders

San Francisco, CA - In the hours following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake north of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, San Francisco-based Give2Asia began raising money to support local Nepalese organizations working to help the country and its people recover from the natural disaster. Focused on long-term projects that will help the country recover and rebuild, these organizations are being supported by dollars from around the world, including prominent U.S. businesses. 

As of today, Give2Asia has set up relief and recovery funds for the Moody’s Foundation, Bose, Johnson & Johnson, Advent Software, Seagate Technologies, Tiffany & Co., H.B. Fuller, and EMC Corporation. In addition to making direct grants, some of these corporations have also established employee contribution funds, matching contributions made by their workforces.

Their support helped Give2Asia raise over half a million dollars in the days following the disaster, and begin funding relief efforts.

“We have been humbled by the tremendous support and generosity shown by donors in recent days,” said Dr. Ta Lin Hsu, Chairman of Give2Asia. “In this moment of great need for the nation of Nepal, to see so many come together to aid and support its people is a powerful statement.”

This was the strongest earthquake to hit Nepal in nearly a century, affecting a total of 8 million people in all. In the weeks following the earthquake, the government and local organizations have reported a shortage of food, water, temporary shelter, and first-aid supplies, while hundreds of thousands of people are without homes.

According to Dr. George Varughese, Nepal Country Representative for the Asia Foundation, Give2Asia’s primary partner on the ground, the approaching monsoon season could compound recovery efforts, forcing many to leave what is left of their homes to become “internal refugees for six to nine months.”

During a joint webinar put on by the Council on Foundations and Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Dr. Varughese spoke about how funding local organizations is the most effective way to support recovery efforts. “We need not only a short-term approach,” he explained, “but also a long-term perspective. We have a pretty long list and a database of who is doing good work and where, and because these organizations are based in Nepal, we have to live with the decisions we make about grantmaking.”

As part of its commitment to work with the best possible partners in all the countries in which it operates, Give2Asia is working with The Asia Foundation to provide emergency relief and assess the long-term needs in affected areas. Through this collective effort, hundreds of survivors have already received temporary shelter, blankets, and other supplies such as food. According to initial assessments, long-term recovery programs will focus on psychosocial programs, education, livelihood projects, healthcare needs, and supporting marginalized communities, such as the 80 thousand pregnant women affected by the disaster.

“We have experience responding to over 40 disasters in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO at Give2Asia. “Each and every time, it is clear to see that supporting local non-government organizations (NGOs) is the most impactful and effective method for assisting disaster-affected communities. The local knowledge and community trust of our partners is key to effective response and long-term recovery.”

As part of its commitment to transparency, Give2Asia reports on how every dollar is used to support disaster recovery efforts. To learn more about how you can support local groups in Asia, please visit www.give2asia.org.

Give2Asia Launches Long-Term Recovery Fund for Nepal Earthquake

San Francisco, California - Around mid-day on April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal 50 miles north of the capital of Kathmandu. As reports of devastation made their way around the world, Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based social enterprise with philanthropic services for 25 Asian countries, launched the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund to support the long-term recovery needs of Nepalese communities.

“The situation is quite grim,” reports George Varughese, Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in Nepal. “Even development partners, the government, and civil society are just digging out now.”

Three days after the earthquake struck, the Nepalese government reported over 4,000 lives had been lost and 7,000 were injured, figures that have grown steadily as access is restored to affected rural areas. It is estimated by the United Nations that roughly 8 million in total people have been affected.

Give2Asia has been supporting local NGOs in Nepal since its inception in 2001. The 2015 Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund will focus on supporting local NGO partners that are working with affected communities in the months and years of recovery ahead.

“Give2Asia has experience responding to over 40 disasters in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Adam Eads, Director of Disaster Response at Give2Asia. “It’s clear that supporting local NGOs is the most impactful and least wasteful method for assisting disaster-affected communities. The local knowledge and community trust of our partners is key to effective response and long-term recovery. Our focus will be on meeting needs that are overlooked by other international aid agencies, including livelihood recovery, psycho-social programs, disaster risk reduction and more.”

As of noon on Monday, April 27, Give2Asia had secured recovery partnerships with multiple corporations and foundations for donations, employee giving, relief grants and more, and had raised over $65,000 through online crowd-funding.

Corporations, foundations and individuals interested in supporting local NGOs in the recovery process can learn more or contribute at give2asia.org/Nepal-earthquake. Give2Asia commits to report back to every donor on how these funds are spent and its recovery strategy in the months and years ahead.

Available for Interview: Adam Eads, Director of Disaster Response

Give2Asia Revisits the Boxing Day Tsunami 10 Years Later

San Francisco, CA  Give2Asia has released the Aceh+10 Report reflecting the lessons learned almost a decade after the infamous 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, one of Asia’s deadliest disasters to date. The report, which was commissioned in the aftermath of the tsunami, includes interviews with representatives from four Indonesia-based disaster recovery organizations in the devastated Aceh province in Sumatra, Indonesia. 

The Boxing Day Tsunami, which occurred December 26, 2004, was the result of a magnitude-9.1 earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian archipelago’s westernmost island.

Minutes after the earthquake, a tsunami towering nearly 100 feet tall bore down on Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, causing $9.9 billion in damage and a significant loss of lives. While the disaster claimed the lives of 230,000 people throughout South and Southeast Asia, as many as 170,000 Acehnese lost their lives that day.

As the situation unfolded, the Aceh government opened up affected areas to international aid agencies, flooding the region with almost $14 billion in recovery aid. Ten years later, Give2Asia revisited the disaster recovery programs it funded, analyzing how effectively these funds were used and the lasting unintended consequences this massive influx of international aid had on the region. 

To read the report or to learn more, please visit www.give2asia.org/aceh-10

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years. Its strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. As part of its commitment to its donors, Give2Asia provides reports to its donors that detail how every dollar was spent.

Give2Asia Commemorates 10-Year Anniversary of Boxing Day Tsunami

San Francisco, CA - Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based public charity supporting local, charitable groups in Asia, is planning to publish a report on Aceh, Indonesia following the Boxing Day Tsunami. The tsunami, which struck on December 26, 2004, claimed the lives of at least 120,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh province, in addition to areas of Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and elsewhere. 

The report, which is expected to be released publicly on December 12, will include information on the legacy of the recovery effort and lessons learned by Give2Asia. Give2Asia support local charitable groups in Indonesia for the recovery effort following the disaster. Total investments by Give2Asia for the recovery in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand totaled $9.7 million over 3 three years.

Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO of Give2Asia, is available for comment on the report and Give2Asia's work. Anna Juliastuti, Give2Asia's country advisor in Indonesia, is also available for comment on the report.

Give2Asia Launches One Year Later with San Francisco Fundraiser

San Francisco, CA, - A full year after Super Typhoon Yolanda wrought havoc in the Eastern Visayas provinces of the Philippines, the Filipino-American community continues to rally in support of those affected. The disaster claimed almost 6,500 lives, caused $2.86 billion in damage, and affected 16 million people. 

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, Give2Asia has launched the One Year Later Fund in order to provide support for ongoing rehabilitation projects in affected communities in the Philippines. Since 2001, Give2Asia has responded to over 40 natural disasters throughout Asia, providing long-term support at the community level for a minimum of three years after the disaster. 

“Our experience has shown us that disaster recovery goes beyond providing immediate  help during the initial relief phase,” explained Birger Stamperdahl, Give2Asia’s President  & CEO. “An effective recovery project should be broad, integrated, sustainable, and should be able to address all aspects of community life including healthcare, livelihood, education, the environment, as well as include a disaster preparedness training component. Typically those types of projects need more time to take shape.”

To support the launch of the One Year Later Fund, Give2Asia Board Director George SyCip and his wife Barbara are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Villa Taverna on Monday, November 17.

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Give2Asia’s long-term rehabilitation strategy in Eastern Samar, one of the poorest regions in the Philippines and the first place Yolanda made landfall. 

For more information about the fundraiser, please visit www.give2asia.org/yoyl.

Give2Asia & the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction Publish New Resource for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction Philanthropy in Asia's Most Vulnerable Countries

San Francisco, CA - Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 social enterprise and the Philippines-based International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) have published Disaster Vulnerability and Donor Opportunity in South and Southeast Asia, a resource for philanthropic donors to assess the vulnerability of their grantmaking and to identify strategic investments that build disaster resilience in Asia's most vulnerable countries at the community level.

As disasters continue to batter the Asia-Pacific region this season, including massive flooding in South Asia, the call for investment and focus on disaster preparedness and risk reduction continues to grow from the global community.

To aid in this effort, Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 social enterprise and the Philippines-based International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) have published Disaster Vulnerability and Donor Opportunity in South and Southeast Asia, a resource for philanthropic donors to assess the vulnerability of their grantmaking and to identify strategic investments that build disaster resilience in Asia’s most vulnerable countries at the community level. The report is a part of the joint Give2Asia and IIRR NGO Disaster Preparedness Program, supported by a three-year $1.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. 

Donors can read the full report by visiting www.give2asia.org/disaster-vulnerability-and-donor- opportunity.

Through this program, Give2Asia has leveraged its 10 years of disaster recovery experience to create pathways for private philanthropy to help vulnerable communities in Asia prepare for disasters. In this process, Give2Asia and IIRR have conferred with hundreds of local NGOs and community-based organizations working on the ground in Asia. 

“Supporting disaster preparedness and risk reduction has proven to be the most successful and cost-effective way to avert major crises following hazard events,” said Matt Grager, Disaster Preparedness Director at Give2Asia. “Private philanthropy has an important role to play in this effort, by integrating disaster preparedness and risk reduction into current grantmaking strategies and by committing to build resilience in target communities.”

This new resource will allow donors to assess how disasters can negate their philanthropic gains and damage their bottom line in six of Asia’s most vulnerable countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Vietnam

Give2Asia has recently written about the need for philanthropy to shift focus from relief to risk reduction and resilience in Forbes, and provided an action plan for integrating disaster preparedness and risk reduction into philanthropic strategies in Alliance magazine.

To learn more about Give2Asia, IIRR, and the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program visit www.give2asia.org/disasterprep. 

 

Give2Asia Disaster Programs

Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years. Give2Asia's strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local charitable groups based in affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other unmet needs. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent. 

About the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction 

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is a community development and hands-on training organization with more than 50 years of experience. IIRR has implemented people-centered, sustainable development programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and today, maintains a strong presence in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Strategically located in the Global South, IIRR runs its programs from the field. While it is registered as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S. and has its headquarters in the Philippines, all senior decision-makers are located in the field. It is important that IIRR staff hail from the region where they will work, allowing its programs to be locally-relevant, tailored, and community-driven.

IIRR Disaster Risk Reduction Program 

IIRR’s disaster risk reduction program framework, called Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), builds the capacities of communities to reduce and manage their disaster risks. CMDRR enables communities to facilitate participatory disaster risk assessment.

Give2Asia Announces Birger Stamperdahl as New President & CEO

San Francisco, CA – Give2Asia, the premier public charity serving Asian philanthropy, announces that its Board of Directors has named Birger Stamperdahl as President & CEO. Mr. Stamperdahl is an eight-year veteran at Give2Asia and has been part of the team that has made Give2Asia a trusted partner of Fortune 500 companies, private foundations and families. 

Mr. Stamperdahl officially started in his new role on October 1, 2014, the beginning of Give2Asia’s 2015 fiscal year. He will be responsible for overseeing Give2Asia as a platform for social partnerships in 24 countries, since 2001 has resulted in one quarter of a billion U.S. dollars for projects in areas such as health, education, social services, and disaster.

“Birger has been an important part of our Give2Asia team for many years. He has successfully helped guide Give2Asia’s staff and program work during a period of transition and growth,” said Ta-lin Hsu, Chairman of the Board of Give2Asia and Chairman and Founder of H&Q Asia Pacific. “With Birger in this new role, Give2Asia is even better positioned to serve corporations, families and foundations that help Asian communities in need.”

“Give2Asia has an established track record of incubating programs with long-term impact with links to donors and social investors. I am very pleased to be part of this team,” said Mr. Stamperdahl. “From Afghanistan to Japan, our knowledge network is addressing Asia’s most important and emerging challenges.”

About Birger Stamperdahl

During the past eight years, Mr. Stamperdahl has played a leadership role in all aspects of Give2Asia’s operations, such as business development, marketing, program and field network management, strategic planning, and donor stewardship. Since February he has been serving as Give2Asia’s Interim President & CEO.

Before joining Give2Asia in 2006, Mr. Stamperdahl was a Vice President at Porter Novelli, helping to lead the agency’s technology practice in Silicon Valley. He has 15 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit business management and marketing. Mr. Stamperdahl holds degrees in Political Science and Journalism from the University of New Hampshire.

Give2Asia Launches Disaster Recovery Fund for Victims of South Asia Flooding

San Francisco, CA Social enterprise Give2Asia is mobilizing disaster response efforts with local and international partners in order to support communities in areas of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan battered by monsoon rains.

Unusual monsoon storms and flooding, attributed to climate change, have exacerbated the devastation, displacing and evacuating hundreds of thousands and affecting millions in high-risk areas. India has declared a state of emergency in its north and north-eastern states, with total damage exceeding US $1 billion. Bangladeshi government estimates over 3 million affected, 325,000 displaced, 34,000 homes destroyed, and 200,000 damaged. Nepal has experienced severe landslides, and flooding that has affected approximately 225,000 people. Pakistan has experienced heavy rains and floods, affecting nearly 30,000 people. Devastation and disaster of this scale are destructive, damaging food security, livelihood, and public health infrastructures.

"It has only been in (the state of) Jammu & Kashmir that local response has been relatively strong," noted Give2Asia's Northern India Field Advisor, Surya Loonker. "However in other states, the response has been negligble and there is a high demand for basic, day-to-day necessities."

To steer effective support towards local relief and recovery efforts, Give2Asia is launching a fundraising platform 2014 South Asia Monsoon Disaster Recovery Fund available at give2asia.org/2014monsoons. Give2Asia’s field advisors are identifying the most urgent needs for relief as well as short-term and long-term recovery, which will be more focused on restoring and deversifying sources of livelihood, as well as rebuilding basic infrastructure that is vital to the region. 

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia’s strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent. 

Contributions to the 2014 South Asia Monsoon Disaster Recovery Fund goes to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact Give2Asia at info@give2asia.org.

 

Give2Asia Launches Disaster Recovery Efforts for Earthquake in Yunnan

San Francisco, CA  Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based public charity, is partnering with local charitable groups in China for disaster recovery following August 3, 2014 earthquake in Yunnan. Individuals and institutions wishing to support the local effort can make donations at http://give2asia.org/yunnan.

To date, following the 6.5 magnitude quake in Ludian County, Yunnan Province, 398 people are reported killed and 1,801 injured, according to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. Ludian County is recognized by the national government as being one of the most impoverished regions in the country. Predominantly made of wood and bricks, nearly 80,000 homes collapsed, 124,000 were severely damaged, and 466,100 were partially damaged. Initial estimates suggest that nearly 1.1 million people were affected in all.

Based on initial assessments by Give2Asia’s staff in Beijing, the government and local nonprofits are addressing a number of immediate needs. Urgent relief needs include tents, foods, medical and rescue supplies. Short-to-medium term needs currently include infrastructure repairs, and psycho-social programs for those experiencing psychological trauma.

To learn more about Give2Asia’s Yunnan Earthquake 2014 efforts, visit www.give2asia.org/yunnan. 

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia’s strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent.  

Contributions to the Yunnan Earthquake 2014 Fund go to support immediate relief and long- term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact Give2Asia by emailing info@give2asia.org.

Give2Asia Releases First-Year Report on Northern Indian Floods

San Francisco, CA - Over the past year, Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 social enterprise with operations in 24 Asian countries, has been overseeing disaster recovery efforts in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand following flash floods that affected nine districts throughout the region. The floods, which were responsible for the deaths of 5,700 people, had a tremendous impact on the local communities within the northern Himalayan state.

As part of its commitment to report back to its donors, Give2Asia released a first-year report detailing the ongoing recovery projects funded in 2013. The report details a diverse recovery strategy that addressing immediate and long-terms needs, including funding the transportation of vital materials to remote areas, rebuilding schools and homes, creating alternative sources of livelihood and electricity, as well as educating local communities about disaster preparedness measures.

“‘Disaster recovery’ should address the broader needs of those affected,” Give2Asia’s northern India field advisor Surya Loonker explained. “Thousands lost everything they had - livelihood, life savings, and belongings - but the finding the thousands who died was probably the most difficult part.” 

Even as affected communities begin to show fragile signs of recovery, Uttarakhand is now facing the threat of even more flooding after continuous rains through the latter part of July. Luckily, the experience from the year before has better prepared local and national government agencies to coordinate recovery efforts if needed.

Today, some villages remain isolated and many reconstruction projects have yet to be completed. The region’s largest industry, religious tourism, has not fully recovered and many in the region are still seeking alternative means of income.

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years, including five in the Philippines. Give2Asia’s strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent.

Contributions to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund go to support immediate relief and long- term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact GIve2Asia by emailing info@give2asia.org

Request for Proposal: Give2Asia & the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction Announce Support for Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency in Asia

San Francisco, CA - Today, Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) announce support for disaster preparedness and resiliency programs in six of the most vulnerable and under-served South and Southeast Asian countries. The program, supported by a three-year $1.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, will connect the international philanthropic community with local charitable groups preparing for natural disasters and climate change in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Vietnam

Give2Asia and IIRR invite local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to submit concept notes for funding consideration. One-year projects up to $25,000 and two-year projects up to $50,000 will be considered for funding from the Give2Asia & IIRR NGO Disaster Preparedness Fund. To be eligible, organizations must be properly registered within their country and be able to legally receive foreign funding. The full Request for Proposal can be viewed at www.give2asia.org/RFP.

“Around the world, communities are struggling to adapt to the new realities of climate change, including rising sea levels, saline intrusion and increasing severity and frequency of natural disasters. Nowhere in the world is this felt more acutely than within South and Southeast Asia,” said Matt Grager, Disaster Preparedness Program Director at Give2Asia. To address this issue, Give2Asia and IIRR are connecting the international donor community to the most effective and innovative local charitable groups preparing for natural disasters and climate change in their communities.”

NGOs and CBOs that submit proposals will also be considered for further opportunities, including fiscal sponsor partnerships with Give2asia, fundraising opportunities from US-based corporate and individual donors, and Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction training and consultations through IIRR.

“Time and experience have told us that even before the modern concepts of disaster risk reduction, preparedness and adaptation came into fashion local communities always have unique and novel ways that allow them to persist and survive in a constantly changing world,” said Wilson John Barbon, Project Manager and specialist on community resilience building at IIRR. “Given the right mix of technical and financial support, local communities can offer innovative approaches to community disaster preparedness and resilience. This program will identify these approaches, build upon their experiences and share them with the world.”

Give2Asia Disaster Programs

Give2Asia has responded to 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years. Give2Asia’s strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local charitable groups based in affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other unmet needs. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent.

About the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is a community development and hands-on training organization with more than 50 years of experience. IIRR has implemented people-centered, sustainable development programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia; today, maintains a strong presence in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Strategically located in the Global South, IIRR runs its programs from the field. While it is registered as a 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization in the U.S. and has its headquarters in the Philippines, all senior decision- makers are located in the field. It is important that IIRR staff hail from the region where they work, allowing its programs to be locally-relevant, tailored, and community-driven.

IIRR Disaster Risk Reduction Program

IIRR’s disaster risk reduction program framework, called Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), builds the capacities of communities to reduce and manage their disaster risks. CMDRR enables communities to facilitate participatory disaster risk assessment, use these assessments for planning and preparedness, mobilize community members to be involved in risk reduction and facilitate learning. It has championed CMDRR in East Africa and in Asia. It has worked in many of the most at risk communities from the arid regions in East Africa to flood-prone poor communities in the Philippines. IIRR has also started to integrate natural resources management, food security and livelihoods development and health in CMDRR.

New Give2Asia Partnership with David & Lucile Packard Foundation Supports the Development of Sustainable Fisheries in Asia

San Francisco, CA  Give2Asia, a San Francisco based social enterprise that specializes in international philanthropic investment, has announced a new partnership with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and Our Source Consultancy to make Southeast Asia’s fishing industry more sustainable.

An initial US$100,000 grant will fund a scoping study to establish The Marine Change Enterprise (MCE), combining experts from Southeast Asia with 40 years of experience in seafood trading, fisheries management, and advocacy. Using for-profit and non-profit strategies, MCE will analyze the current state of Asia’s fishing industry using environmental, social, and economic criteria. MCE’s research will be used to improve the efficiency of the supply chain between small to medium sized regional fishing operations and Southeast Asian markets, creating sustainable and equitable fishing practices that are economically viable.

“Right now 30% of all fish caught in Asia is wasted before it even makes it to the marketplace,” explains Our Source Consultancy and MCE founder Andrew Bassford, “if the small-to-medium size fleets that dominate Asia can improve the efficiency of their operations, it will improve the supply chain as a whole.”

MCE’s work has global implications as well. Over the past 50 years, seafood production has shifted from the developed to the developing world. The Asia Pacific region alone produces over half of the world’s wild caught seafood and a staggering 90% of farmed seafood. Compounded by environmental degradation and climate change, the industry’s exponential growth has placed enormous stress on fish stocks, the fishing industry, and fishing dependent communities.

The uncertainty of Asia’s fishing industry has made it harder for local fishing communities to access needed funding from investors. In turn, Southeast Asian communities whose livelihoods have depended on fishing for generations have suffered an economic downturn, further perpetuating unsustainable fishing practices.

Despite the growing awareness of the private sector that current practices are not sustainable, the response by governments, NGOs, independent fisherman, and fishing fleets have not been collaborative, or comprehensive enough, to create substantial change. Give2Asia’s new partnership facilitates the broad response needed by experts, funders, and Southeast Asia’s fishing industry, to help reverse this trend.

Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction Partner to Promote Disaster Preparedness in Vulnerable Asian Countries

San Francisco, CA - Today Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) announce a new partnership to connect donors with the most effective local disaster preparedness programs in six of the most vulnerable South and Southeast Asian countries. The NGO Disaster Preparedness Program is supported by a three-year $1.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The joint program will publish disaster preparedness research, perform online crowd funding for local projects, and make publicly available organizational information on 100 disaster preparedness programs. Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) identified through the program will have the opportunity to apply for $300,000 in grants, promote their programs online, and receive Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction training from IIRR at its headquarters in the Philippines.

“Give2Asia’s network of international donors and local grantees is the perfect compliment to IIRR, which brings decades of experience in grassroots preparedness and resiliency programs in Asia and Africa,” said Matt Grager, Program Director at Give2Asia. Together, we are well- placed to find and fund the best local models for disaster preparedness, and present grantmaking opportunities to the international donor community. 

This spring, Give2Asia and IIRR will select six underserved countries for the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program based on disaster risk, international investment and organizational reach. After the six countries are selected, IIRR will facilitate in-country consultations that bring together IIRR alumni and Give2Asia’s grantees to share knowledge and best practices. An open, online Request for Proposal (RFP) process will be undertaken to determine grant recipients in two rounds of $150,000. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis with grants awarded in Fall 2014, and Summer 2015.

Give2Asia Establishes Special Fund in China with The China Social Entrepreneur Foundation

Beijing, China — Today, Give2Asia, a US-based social enterprise that serves as a catalyst for philanthropic investment in Asia, announces a new partnership with China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, also known as YouChange, to set up the YouChange- Give2Asia Special Fund in China.

The Special Fund will provide Give2Asia with a platform for raising funds and managing local giving programs for international corporate donors in China who wish to engage their local offices and employees in China in tax-deductible giving that supports Chinese organizations and philanthropic programs. This new partnership will allow Give2Asia to further support social innovations and solutions that address local community needs.

“Setting up the YouChange-Give2Asia Special Fund in China is an important step for Give2Asia and for the services we provide in the region. It enables us to directly work with clients in China to support philanthropic programs and organizations,” said Ta-lin Hsu, Chairman of the Board of Give2Asia. “Give2Asia is also able to provide advisory services and first-class stewardship for clients in China to help them deliver effective and excellent philanthropic programs.” 

“Working with Give2Asia,” said Ms. Wang Ping, Chairperson of the YouChange Foundation Board, “brings to YouChange a new platform for international cooperation that improves and promotes charitable giving in Asia and in the United States. This partnership is the product of Give2Asia and YouChange’s shared philanthropic vision in promoting social justice and harmonious development internationally.”

About Give2Asia

In 2013, the grants made to China reached $12 million, amounting to 41% of Give2Asia’s total grant-making for the year, and supporting local Chinese organizations and local social needs in areas of education, public health, poverty alleviation and economic development, environmental protection, assistance for the disabled, promotion and preservation of traditional Chinese culture, disaster relief, capacity building for nonprofit organizations, investment on innovative projects, etc.

About China Social Entrepreneur Foundation (YouChange Foundation)

The China Social Entrepreneur Foundation is formally approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, and officially registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Founded in 2007, YouChange Foundation is the first new type of non-public fundraising foundation that was initiated by a group of famous entrepreneurs from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It is a nonprofit social organization that promotes social justice and harmonious development, to discover and support talents in leadership in “New Philanthropy” and to build a cross-sector network and platform for social innovations, mainly by operating in a way of participating funding.

San Francisco Based Give2Asia Will Focus Long-Term Philippines Recovery Work on Guiuan in Eastern Samar

San Francisco, CA, Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 social enterprise, announced today that it will focus its long-term disaster recovery efforts following Typhoon Yolanda on the municipality of Guiuan, in Eastern Samar, Philippines.

Guiuan, home to approximately 12,000 households, was the first municipality struck by Super Typhoon Yolanda when the storm hit in early November, 2013. Over 10,000 homes were totally destroyed with another 1,600 partially damaged, affecting 54,000 people in total. The major source of livelihoods in the area, fishing and coconut farming have also been lost, along with the required boats, nets, and arable farmland.

Based on an on-site assessment by Give2Asia, the disrepair that remains in Guiuan nearly three months after the storm is staggering. Prior to the Yolanda, Eastern Samar was the Philippines’ third-poorest province and vulnerable to regular typhoons, making an already challenging situation worse. During Give2Asia’s evaluation, over 1,400 tents were destroyed when a tropical storm passed near Guiuan, a reminder of the immediate need for adequate long-term shelter. 

The announcement for Give2Asia’s role in recovery efforts was made Thursday Jan. 30, by Give2Asia Chairman of the Board, Dr. Ta-lin Hsu, at a press conference in Atherton, California.

“By investing in one municipality, Give2Asia can foster collaboration between the municipal government, local non-governmental organizations, and international donors,” said Dr. Hsu. “We believe this is a win-win scenario that meets local needs through promotion of effective on-the- ground NGOs, and allays donors’ concern of corruption and waste.”

Since the Super Typhoon made landfall, claiming the lives of more than 6,000 Filipinos, Give2Asia has raised $1.5 million for long-term recovery efforts through corporate contributions and crowdfunding campaigns

The Guiuan municipal government is currently bracing for the departure of many relief-focused international non-governmental organizations (INGO) that are currently active, by conducting a livelihood needs assessment and re-convening local cooperatives of fishermen, farmers, and women’s groups. Philippines-based Medical Action Group (MAG), and local Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc. (GDFI) are also working to re-establish health systems, and protect the environment to ensure sustainable livelihoods, respectively.

“In the 10 years Give2Asia has been responding to natural disasters, we have learned that for long-term recovery to happen, it is best to work with local organizations like Guiuan Development Foundation Inc. and Medical Action Group,” explained Uyen Tran, Program Officer and Disaster Response Lead at Give2Asia, “Their local expertise helps to guide the recovery process from the grassroots level.”

In addition to working with grassroots organizations, Give2Asia’s strategy for Typhoon Yolanda response includes collaborating with the efforts of national and public organizations working on the ground. Discussions on long-term recovery partnerships in Guiuan currently include, the

Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). By creating partnerships with these organizations and others, Give2Asia can help address the emerging needs of affected communities.

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years, including five in the Philippines. Give2Asia’s strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent. Learn more about Give2Asia's disaster response strategy at give2asia.org/disaster.

 

Contributions to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund go to support immediate relief and long- term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact Give2Asia by emailing info@give2asia.org.

Give2Asia Finishes Strong with Record Giving and Grant Making

San Francisco, CA - Give2Asia, a 501(c)3 social enterprise that specializes in corporate, foundation and individual philanthropy to 24 Asian countries, announces that it finished its fiscal year 2013 with the highest number of grants (563) and largest grant making total ($31,166,000) in its 12 year history, propelled by growth in advised grant making to East Asia.

Give2Asia more than doubled its grant making in China to over $12 million in 2013, or 41 percent of total its grant making. East Asia as a region accounted for over two-thirds of grant making in 2013. This shift is a result of a quickly growing and professionalizing philanthropic sector in China, combined with Give2Asia’s own initiatives aimed at supporting and leveraging these trends. In 2013, Give2Asia supported digital education in rural Chinese schools, leadership training for foundation executives across the country, and mentorship opportunities for grassroots NGOs in Beijing.

“Right now, there is more opportunity to influence the development of charitable work in China than anywhere else in Asia,” said Frank L. Ellsworth, Give2Asia’s President & CEO. “Due to the young, but fast-developing nature of Chinese philanthropy, well-planned programs implemented at this critical juncture can determine the sector’s direction and impact for decades to come.”

Other important trends and events for Give2Asia during the past year include:

  • As is typical each year, education received the most funding from Give2Asia, with 27 percent of the total, followed by disaster response (22 percent) and health (17 percent).
  • Give2Asia responded to five disasters: earthquakes in Sichuan Province, China, Balochistan Province, Pakistan, and Bohol Island in the Philippines, and flooding in Northern India and Cambodia. In total, Give2Asia made over $6 million in grants to support ongoing disaster recovery work in seven countries.
  • Give2Asia added 24 charitable organizations in Asia to its growing list of fiscal sponsorship partners in 2013. These partnerships help Asia-based groups receive tax-deductible support from US-based donors.
  • Among the new fiscal sponsorship partners is the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), whose founder Pushpa Basnet, received the CNN Top Hero award based on a public vote in December 2012. ECDC provides education and care to children of incarcerated parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, who would otherwise stay behind bars with their parents.

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Partner with Give2Asia for Typhoon Yolanda Response

San Francisco, CA - Today, Give2Asia, a 501(c)3 social enterprise announces new sponsors and potential local project partners responding to Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, which devastated the central Philippines last week.

  • The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund has announced a $100,000 gift for Give2Asia’s Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund.
  • Seagate Technology announced a $25,000 gift for Give2Asia’s response efforts.
  • The Cigna Foundation will respond with a $25,000 advised grant to Give2Asia’s local partners.

These gifts are in addition to earlier contributions from Advent Software Inc., EMC Corporation, H.B. Fuller Company, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and the PepsiCo Foundation. US-based donors can support local responders through the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund at www.give2asia.org/yolanda. 

Give2Asia is focused on partnering with local responders. Give2Asia’s team in the Philippines is working to stay on top of emerging needs and to identify local organizations well-placed to provide relief and perform recovery work in the coming months.

“The situation in the disaster zone is chaotic and constantly evolving,” said Birger Stamperdahl, COO & VP of Program Development at Give2Asia . “Local organizations with knowledge and experience in the affected communities will be critical players in the immense task of rebuilding infrastructure, the economy and communities.”

Give2Asia has identified several potential partners in the disaster area and is working collaboratively to develop short and long term response projects with these and other partners:

  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is a local Filipino government agency quickly mobilizing to provide food to affected families. DSWD has provided approximately 300,000 family food packs to the disaster area so far and intends to send two million packs within the next two weeks.
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a fiscal sponsor partner of Give2Asia based in the Philippines. IRRI is responding to the typhoon through the Philippine Department of Agriculture to assess damage in rice-farming areas and provide assistance for long-term recovery such as seeds of that are climate-change ready, including scuba rice.
  • Jeepneed is a fiscal sponsor partner of Give2Asia that provides rural students with hands-on science lessons through mobile science labs. Jeepneed is working with local officials in Capiz, where 100 percent of property and farmland were damaged, according to local reports.
  • Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is a private, national and non-profit foundation established by the country's business leaders as an expression of their corporate social responsibility. PBSP is providing immediate relief assistance such as food, water, shelter and medical aid to affected areas. Its long-term strategy will focus on rebuilding infrastructure and the local economy. 

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years, including five in the Philippines. The strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent.

Contributions to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund go to support immediate relief and long- term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact Give2Asia immediately by emailing info@give2asia.org.

Give2Asia & Partners Mobilize for Typhoon Yolanda Disaster Response

San Francisco, CA - Give2Asia is working with several partners to mobilize disaster response efforts for communities reeling from Typhoon Yolanda in the central Philippines. 

Give2Asia is mobilizing disaster response efforts with several partners to help communities reeling from Typhoon Yolanda in the central Philippines. 

Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Haiyan, battered the central Philippine islands on November 8, with winds reaching 235 mph the strongest ever recorded to make landfall. Widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure has been reported and the death toll has been initially estimated at 10,000. 

Give2Asia began fundraising on November 8 to support local relief and recovery efforts. US- based donors can contribute to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund by visiting www.give2asia.org/ yolanda.

“The stories and reports we are receiving from the disaster zone are heartbreaking,” said Birger Stamperdahl, COO & VP of Program Development at Give2Asia. “We are calling on our community of donors to do what they can to support both immediate needs and to prepare for longer-term recovery for those affected.”

Give2Asia’s team in the Philippines, based in Manila, is identifying the most urgent needs for relief, as well as short-term and long-term community recovery. Give2Asia is focused on defining projects in partnership with local organizations based in the Philippines that will participate in recovery over the next six to 24 months. In addition, Give2Asia has partnered with several organizations making grants for the recovery effort.

  • The PepsiCo Foundation is once again partnering with Give2Asia for disaster response, pledging $250,000 to relief and recovery efforts. The PepsiCo Foundation previously partnered with Give2Asia in response to the Sichuan Earthquake in April 2013.
  • Several Give2Asia corporate sponsors, including Advent Software Inc., EMC Corporation, H.B. Fuller Company, and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, have made gifts or launched employee-giving campaigns with Give2Asia.
  • Donations to Jeepneed, a fiscal sponsorship partner of Give2Asia based in the Philippines, are being directed to relief efforts in Capiz, where 100 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed according to local reports. Donors can support Jeepneed directly at give2asia.org/ jeepneed.
  • Give2Asia is working with institutional partner The Asia Foundation, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) to identify additional opportunities for long-term engagements for the recovery effort.

About Give2Asia Disaster Response

Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years, including five in the Philippines. The strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent. 

Contributions to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund go to support immediate relief and long- term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact Give2Asia immediately by emailing info@give2asia.org.

Available for Interview: Uyen Tran, Program Officer, Disaster Response Lead

Give2Asia, Education Donor Roundtable & the Ford Foundation Launch Year-long Mentorship Program for Educational Charities in China

Beijing, China - Today, Give2Asia, a not-for-profit social enterprise with offices in Beijing and San Francisco, announces a new program aimed at building the capacity and capability of local charitable organizations in China.

Thanks to the generous support of the Ford Foundation, Give2Asia, as one of the core members of the Education Donor Roundtable (EDR), will facilitate 10 mentoring workshops for local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations supporting educational development in China. In July 2013, Give2Asia and EDR will invite education-focused organizations to present on how they can benefit from the year-long workshop series. EDR core members will select one foundation and one NGO to take part in eight public monthly workshops in Beijing.

“The NGO and foundation sectors in China are still young and growing fast,” said Xiao Rong, Give2Asia Country Representative for China. “This program will not only benefit the two organizations selected to participate, but by its public nature can improve education-focused programs across the country through access to expertise and the experiences of peer organizations.” 

Participants must be grassroots non-profit organizations on mainland China, working in the education field for a minimum of 2 to 3 years, and with strong willingness to improve capacity. The program also requires the commitment of organization leaders to participate every mentoring workshop, in order to effectively incorporate suggestions into the organization.

In June 2014, participating organizations will be required to present on what improvements they have implemented based on the program. An evaluation and concluding workshop will be held the next month to determine the efficacy and future of the program.

About Education Donor Roundtable (EDR) 

Founded in Beijing late 2008, EDR is composed of a volunteer core membership of executive management and leaders of Chinese funding organizations, grant makers, foundations and commercial enterprises supporting philanthropic programs in education in China. EDR provides Chinese philanthropists and philanthropic entities especially but not exclusively those with programs supporting education with a unique high-level, off-the-record, regularly scheduled networking and information exchange. EDR aims to improve philanthropic effectiveness in China, develop and model China-appropriate foundation and donor learning approaches, and provide reliable and effective links to Chinese organizations seeking long-term philanthropic support. Through this venue, the participants can benefit from and contribute to donor organization capacity building, philanthropic program identification, policy and research. Since its establishment, EDR has run over 30 workshops. Give2Asia was invited to join EDR as a core member in 2009.

About The Ford Foundation

Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

Give2Asia Launches Sichuan Earthquake Response Campaign; Over $1 Million Raised Within First 24 Hours

Beijing, China - Give2Asia, a US-based social enterprise with China operations based in Beijing, and Give2Asia Hong Kong, serving Asia-based philanthropy, together launched a campaign to help communities suffering following the 6.6 magnitude quake that struck Sichuan Province on Saturday, April 20.

On April 20 and 21, Give2Asia’s local team assessed needs both immediate and long-term. Over the first 24-hour period of the campaign, Give2Asia raised $1.1 million, including $1 million from the PepsiCo Foundation.

According to the latest reports, the quake, centered near the city of Ya’an in rural Lushan County, affected 1.5 million people, injured 11,000 and killed over 180. In 2008, an 8.0 quake that struck nearby killed 80,000.

“Give2Asia’s staff in Beijing is in contact with regional partners currently assisting the grieving, the injured and the displaced,” said Xiao Rong, Representative for China at Give2Asia. “We want to provide support for these local organizations from international donors to aid their efforts in saving lives now and in rebuilding livelihoods down the road.”

  • US-based donors can support the Give2Asia Sichuan Earthquake Fund 2013 at www.give2asia.org/sichuan-quake2013.
  • Asia-based donors can support the Give2Asia Sichuan Earthquake Fund 2013 at www.give2asia.org/sichuan2013-hk.

All gifts will be used for relief and recovery efforts in partnership with local organizations

“Our staff on the ground has conveyed the devastation resulting from Saturday’s quake,” said Gillian Yeoh, Give2Asia’s Disaster Program Lead. “Our role in this tragedy is to ensure that efforts today and over the next several months are as effective as possible in helping local communities recover.”

About Give2Asia

Following the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008, Give2Asia raised $16 million for 56 projects with over 40 different local partners. Give2Asia has responded to over 35 disasters in Asia since its founding in 2001.

Available for Interview: Gillian Yeoh