Philanthropy in Asia

October 8th, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Stanford Humanities Center 424 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305

Philanthropy in China has grown exponentially in the past decade, bringing with it a rush of international interest in and engagement with what for many may be uncharted territory. New regulations put in place by the Chinese government, and changing UN and multilateral arrangements have moved funding and decision-making into the hands of local actors, who are investing significant parts of their growing net worth back into civil society.

This event offers insights into emerging trends not only in China, but the Asian philanthropy sector as a whole. Our panelists will offer guidance to those interested in studying philanthropy in Asia, or looking to make charitable investments in the region.

Kim Meredith draws from Stanford PACS’ programming, research and publications in China and East Asia to provide an overview of philanthropy and social innovation in the continent. Naina Subberwal Batra draws from AVPN’s Continuum of Capital Report to isolate trends in social investment, resources, investor behavior, and funding flows as they relate to foundations, impact funds, corporations, and intermediaries. Birger Stamperdahl of Give2Asia provides insights based on its extensive history managing charitable investments to Asia and its current focus on work in China through its registered Beijing office.


Naina Subberwal Batra – As the Chairperson and CEO of Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Naina Subberwal Batra has spent the past five years widening the organization’s scope to support the many different cross-sections of international philanthropy, including impact investors and corporate CSR professionals.

Kim Meredith – As the inaugural Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), Kim Meredith has been responsible for strategic leadership, strong financial performance and consistent organizational growth, including scaling Stanford PACS through the expansion of research and programmatic initiatives. Ms. Meredith joined in July 2009, one year later led the team to acquire the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and in 2012 launched Stanford PACS programs at the Stanford Center at Peking University. 

Birger Stamperdahl – As President and CEO of Give2Asia, Birger Stamperdahl is responsible for an international non-profit that guides charitable investments to local charitable programs in the Asia Pacific region. He has spent more than a decade in nonprofit development in the region and works closely with Give2Asia’s registered office in Beijing, which has approved US$ 11 million in grants in mainland China for 2018.  



  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Doors open & pre-reception
  • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm - Panel interview
  • 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm - Q&A
  • 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm - Post-reception

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