Investing in Change
Investing in Change
Promoting equity and environmental conservation in Asia toward a sustainable and inclusive future for people and our planet.
Research always is the beginning of our “theory of change” journey, ADMCF and helps us identify the specific environmental challenge and solution within our five key programmatic areas: marine ecology, water security, air quality, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance.
We see our programmes as fundamentally interrelated as the tangible environmental challenges we face intersect with the biggest of our time: Our climate emergency. Consequently, we work towards “unsiloing” how we approach environmental challenges.
We believe it is impossible to think only of air or water pollution, about protecting our forests, our oceans and their biodiversity, without considering also the development challenges we face in Asia. There are inherently trade-offs involved in balancing sustainable growth and conservation – and in how to finance the change that needs to happen.
Until recently, ADMCF also had a Children and Youth at Risk (CAR) programme but given the environmental degradation Asia has seen over the past two decades of rapid growth, the relative lack of funding for environmental philanthropy, we have chosen to concentrate our efforts in the environmental sector and have consequently reduced our CAR commitment to three core partners.
In 2006, the partners of investment advisor, ADM Capital, established ADMCF recognising the need for innovative and replicable models of funding for impact. To achieve this, we aim to foster sustainable growth in our local partners with core grants rather than simply back short-term projects. ADMCF also provides an organisation not only with funding but also specific and relevant organisational support.
ADM Capital Foundation has been granted tax exempt status under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Government Inland Revenue Ordinance and 501(c) (3) charitable status in the United States.
To provide strategic funding and other support to organisations that work towards environmental health and conservation in Asia in a manner that is sustainable and sensitive to local cultures.
With research as a point of departure, we are committed to the protection of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, the mitigation of climate change and to combating environmental degradation in the region. We aim to work with a diversity of partners to have a significant and sustainable impact.
Where we see an environmental challenge that is not being addressed, we initiate and incubate initiatives to fill that gaps or provide support to a new effort created by others. We believe that foundations are in the unique position of being able to take risk to foster change and follow that course ourselves.
We see that partnerships and alliances are everything as we and others confront the environmental consequences of two decades of dramatic growth in Asia. It is only working in alliances we can help remedy the environmental challenges brought by serving as “factory to the world”, as populations became more affluent and urbanised, changing dramatically how they consumed.
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Our Approach to Philanthropy
Leveraging Our Impact
We leverage the impact of our work through co-funding. In establishing the Foundation, the ADM Capital principals recognised that others were similarly interested in making secure and effective philanthropic contributions in Asia but were uncertain of the best approach.
We fill that gap by providing a shared funding vehicle, helping others fund alongside us and thus maximise the impact of any given project or initiative.
We take an innovative approach to promoting equity and conservation. Economic gain is often pitted against protection of the environment and Asia’s marginalised populations. We want to help change that by forging alliances amongst investors, donors and community-based initiatives. At the same time, we work to promote alliances among not-for-profits, universities and government to make sure funding is used appropriately to minimise waste.
How We Fund
Innovation & Research
We believe solid and innovative research should be the first step towards any undertaking. Ahead of funding a project, we liaise with others working in the target community, with academics, government officials and donors to gain a clear understanding of the local needs and context. We look to see where we add most value, what might be sustainable and what can realistically be achieved.
Setting clear objectives for each philanthropic engagement is crucial in determining our effectiveness and providing accountability.
We work with our local partners to establish carefully constructed and measurable targets, both quantitative and qualitative, towards a clear change objective.
How We Work With Partners
Identify philanthropic opportunities that will have a significant environmental impact. Specifically, we:
The deep-rooted environmental and social challenges in Asia are too large and complex for any one grant-maker to tackle alone. At the same time, nonprofits lack sizable, predictable and flexible funding needed to make real change. Thus, we believe that strategic co-funding allows foundations and others to widen the impact of their grants, leverage their knowledge and resources and reduce the administrative burdens on both themselves and their grantees.
We are driven to push for systemic change across our portfolio. We aim for a cleaner and more secure water supply, better air quality and a halt to the free flow of wildlife product. We work to help build a public that is more conscious of the type of seafood eaten and that doesn’t excessively consume marine life. We want us all to consider carefully what and how we consume so the resources of our one planet will be sufficient for future generations.