Funding from a Place of Trust: A Conversation on Asian Philanthropy

As underscored by the current global health crisis, the value of flexible funding for strengthening nonprofits and powering their vital work is increasingly clear. Yet too many funders still hesitate to act on this information.

A new research report – “Funding from a Place of Trust: Exploring the value of general operating support and capacity building grants” – offers a sound starting place for any foundation, philanthropist, or impact investor who wants to better understand the benefits of flexible funding and the vital considerations for doing it well. At its center is the essential concept of a trust-based relationship.

The report was commissioned by the Citi Foundation ( and prepared by Synergos Advisory.

This event shared highlights of the research, together with remarks from funders and grantees in Asia who are leading the way in utilizing general operating support and capacity building.

Participants in the conversation session came from:

+ Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (
+ Arpan (
+ Malala Fund (
+ Asia Philanthropy Circle (

Full text of the report is online at

This event was part of a series of digital convenings held by Synergos throughout 2020. For more information, visit


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