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  • 1. Grantmaking Perspectives in Asia Tina Chan Executive DirectorThe Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation (CYSFF)
  • 2. About Us• Founded in 2003 by Mr. Robert Yet-Sen Chen (1929-2003)• Hybrid organization – Grant making – Special Projects• Geographic Focus – Mainland China (80%) – Hong Kong (10%) – Ghana (10%)
  • 3. Our MissionTo nurture the potential of the next generationby building, supporting & sustaining innovative approaches that enhance learning and personal development
  • 4. Geographical Focus Beijing, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu, Yunnan Hong KongGhana
  • 5. Observations on Hong Kong• Struggling mainstream NGO community • Being weaned off government dependency • Mission focused strategic planning, policies and programs driven by bottom up community needs and fundraising communication• Relatively small local donor community • Large funding tend to be channeled to sophisticated foreign NGOs or high profile/emotional appeals• Slow awareness of marginalized/poverty issues
  • 6. Trends and Observations in China• Lack of tools and bandwidth to cope with huge social and environmental stresses • Estimated 400,000 grassroots NGOs stepping in to fill the void• Party’s ideological barrier • “Unfriendly” policies preventing proper legalization of NGOs • Good practices and solutions difficult to scale or disseminate• Recent withdrawal of foreign donor aid• Resources, demands and practices from private sector will re-define and re-shape philanthropy development in China• New generation of donors
  • 7. Traditional vs. New Donors in China• Traditional donors • International foundations, I-NGOs, UN agencies, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements• New donors – Government, Corporations, Government-Managed Public Foundations, Private Foundations• In 2006, total philanthropy donations were around 0.046% of GDP and in 2009, total philanthropy donations were around 0.149% of GDP (MoCA 2007)• In 2009, 58% of total donations were made by corporations (2009 China Philanthropy Blue Book)• In 2010, 30% of total donations were made by individuals via government-managed foundations and private foundations (2011 China Philanthropy Information Centre)
  • 8. China’s New Donors• Strong emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency of the donation• Requirements on implementation organizations’ transparency and accountability• Focus on long term impact more than direct service providing• More market approaches are adopted• Holistic engagement
  • 9. Giving Philosophy• To understand and help solve issues of importance to society• Ability to take risk and accept failure• Provide long term strategic leadership and partnership• Pioneer new models• Fund true innovation and engage the NGO community to ‘sharpen their game’
  • 10. Our Work• Grant making – Early childhood literacy • Library • Build reading culture – Basic life skills • Out-of-classroom, experiential learning• Special Projects – Research – Incubation – International Library Conference – Stone Soup Happy Reading Alliance in Hefei
  • 11. Special Projects: Conferences, Incubation, Research, Learning Networks, etc
  • 12. Organization Structure Advisory Committee 7 members who Executive meet every April Committee and October MeetingMeets every 3 months Executive Director Grants Special Projects
  • 13. Grant Application Process• Two stages application – Pre-Proposal Inquiry (PPI) – Program Funding Application (PFA)• Maximum of 3 years per program / project to discourage dependency• Ineligible requests
  • 14. Approach on Grants1 • Assess Need2 • Due diligence on potential partners3 • Award Grant4 • Evaluate Impact5 • Promote / Replicate Best Practice
  • 15. Application Evaluation• Provide solution to needs• Organization assessment – management team, governance, human resources• Program design – Track record on previous programs, professional know-hows, evaluation mechanism• Financial efficiency – Achieve maximum impact with minimum investment – Welcome matching grants or co-funding of programs
  • 16. Tips to Grantseekers• Align needs with solution: – What social problem are you trying to solve? – Who are you serving? – What do they need?• Well designed program: – How long is your program, how many phases, time frame for each phase and what are the milestones for each of the phases? – What are the quantitative and qualitative goals of your program? – How do you assess the outputs of your program?• Strong team: – Candid communication with donor and stakeholders – Record progress, output, statistics and learning experience – Build replicable model
  • 17. Lessons Learned• Take your time – Understanding issue and options – Choosing who to work with• Importance of program design and assessment – Impact, sustainability and accountability• Soft over hardware – Importance of human and intellectual capital• Need in capacity building for grassroots Due• Internet as a powerful tool diligence and – Weibo, twitter, blogs, forums research
  • 18. “I believe we found it – the1/24/2013 Fountain of Funding!” Minerva Management Consulting 21
  • 19. Resources• www.fdncenter.org (Numerous resources including a free basic webinar on grant writing basics through Grant Space)http://www.grantspace.org/Classroom/Training- Courses/Proposal-Writing-Basics• www.philanthrophy.com• Linkedin – Grant Writers Networking Group• http://www.asianphilanthropyforum.org/articles-on-asia- pacific-.html• For AFP members check out the Hot Topic-Grants in the Resource Center http://www.afpnet.org/bbtdetail.cfm?itemnumber=4569 (login and password required)
  • 20. Questions?
  • 21. www.chenyetsenfoundation.org
  • 22. afphongkong.afpnet.orgafphk.president@gmail.com