WE SUPPORT WORK THAT BRINGS ABOUT LONG-TERM POSITIVE CHANGE IN COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
OUR VALUES: Our values are, genuinely, fundamental to all we do and our approach. Everything we seek to do externally, we seek to do internally too, by working hard to put these values into practice, constantly reflecting on them and being held accountable to them. Respect: Organizations and people that try to address social problems and seek funds to do that have a much harder job than we do. Anyone who has been there knows it. We aim to always respect that, regarding both their work and the communities they serve. Trust and Empathy: We place great value in building trusted, empathetic relationships with those we work with - from community members, to partners, to staff and organizations we collaborate with. Listening and Learning: We seek partners who have spent time listening and learning and that do not presume to know what is “best” for someone else from an office far away. We seek to model exactly the same values in how we work with partners and communities too. We try to learn as much as we can about local contexts. When we are not clear, we ask. But most importantly we listen. Partnership: We need partners (NGOs, social enterprises, individuals) to address complex social challenges, we can never do it alone. This is the essence of being a foundation. The partners we seek are our best way to know the people we work for and true partnership is central to all we do. Humility: We are constantly striving to be the ‘best’ and most supportive funder and partner we can be. Do we get it right every time? We really try to but definitely not. We constantly reflect, learn and seek feedback. We aim to be open about our learning and our mistakes. Not because we want to ‘celebrate’ them, but because we believe that the humility is vital to long-term positive change. This applies just as much - if not more so - to us as it does to social purpose organisations.
We, collectively, have the ability to “make things happen.” This comes with great responsibility to make the best choices we can.
Our greatest accountability is, always, to the communities in which we work, and the children, youth, parents and families that make up these communities. No one else.
They are not numbers, they are individuals with dreams, fears, needs and hopes. We do not work for anyone else but each of them. Not all of them, each of them.