Promoting equity and environmental conservation in Asia
ADM Capital Foundation is an impact driven foundation focused on making change in Asia. Through research, we identify environmental challenges then work towards solutions across five key areas: marine ecology, water security, air quality, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance.
We see all our programmes as inter-related and work towards “unsiloing” how we approach environmental challenges, from the mountains to the oceans. 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. We must consider the trade-offs involved in balancing sustainable growth and conservation, as well as how to finance the change that needs to happen.
Fundamentally, the challenges we face lead us to the biggest of our time: climate change and it is only by redefining risk for businesses, indeed by taking risk ourselves, by disrupting current models of philanthropy and pushing for business unusual that we will have a chance of tackling this monumental, existential threat.
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 now to concentrate our efforts in the environmental sector and have consequently reduced our CAR commitment to four core partners.
In 2006, the partners of investment advisor, ADM Capital, established the Foundation 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.
The ADM Capital Foundation has been granted tax exempt status under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Government Inland Revenue Ordinance and as such, we have charitable status. We also have received 501(c) (3) charitable status in the United States.
What we Do
ADM Capital Foundation works with local NGOs, academics, policy makers and companies and other philanthropic donors, either through our core programmes or through initiatives we incubate. We are flexible in the ways we work but always to clear objectives we believe will lead to systemic change.
We believe foundations have a role to play in bringing together NGOS and other philanthropic donors to work efficiently towards clear change objectives. Often, we see that organisations, academics or others are working in silos and that by collaborating, or at least working loosely together, they might achieve more.
To offer 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.
ADM Capital Foundation supports organisations that work to protect the environment, considering the development needs of local populations.
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 gap 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 are driven to push for systemic change across our portfolio of programmes. We work to see a cleaner and more secure water supply, better air quality, 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 so we don’t consume more than our share of the world’s marine resource. 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.
Debra Tan, CWR Lead
Emily Botsford, Environment
Feng Hu, CWR
Hubert Thieriot, CWR
Bertha Lo-Hofford, Media
Kathleen Ho, Bloom
Kelly Chan, SupportHK
Linda Wen, Finance
Lisa Genasci, CEO
Woody Chan, CWR
Sophie Le Clue, Environment Lead
Sam Inglis, Research
Wei Si'eu Woo, Marketing
Yuanchao Xu, CWR
Vikki Ip, Office Manager
Stanley Shea, Bloom
Dawn McGregor, CWR
Photography by: Sasikumar Ramachandran, Stan Shea