We look beyond traditional funding to promote a strategy that is effective both for the organisation supported and the philanthropic investor. We work to help widen impact by providing strategic advice, strengthening organisational capacity and expanding donor and other partner networks.
We look to apply ADM Capital’s risk management, knowledge of financial structures and local contacts built over long years of investing in Asia to the not-for-profit world. In this way, we seek to align financial investment strategy with our philanthropic objectives, where relevant. Thus, we apply business thinking to philanthropy by conducting thorough due diligence ahead of any philanthropic investment, engage in constant monitoring and work towards clear impact.
We aim to 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 seek to fill that gap, providing a shared funding vehicle, helping others fund alongside us and thus maximise the impact of any given project.
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 between 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.
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.