By THE NATION
‘Smarter’ giving is vital to boost the impact of available resources and donations, said Dr Wit Soontaranun, vice chairperson and treasurer of the Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation, which co-founded the network with the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN).
“The Givers Network is a force multiplier for charities and givers, making each act of giving more effective,” he said.
“Worldwide, over $5 billion is given each year to charity. Yet, more than 1 in 10 people still cannot read or write while more than 1 in 10 are in extreme need. This year, 6 million children will die from diseases they could have been vaccinated against. We keep on giving but the problems persist.”
The Givers Network makes giving ‘smarter’ by providing a platform to share ideas, resources, and information. The network has three core elements: seeing more (better awareness of needs), learning well (improved solutions), giving better (achieve greater results).
“We invite everyone who cares about people and the planet to join us,” said Wit.
“Through The Givers Network website, you will find new chances to give and new approaches to have greater impact on the world. Our forums also provide a chance to meet inspirational figures who are changing the world with their giving.”
The Givers Network will hold its annual forum, which is free to attend, at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok on October 5. With Dr Karndee Leopairote as moderator, five leading speakers will share compelling stories and wisdom for an audience of givers and charity professionals.
“Bangkok is the venue chosen, to reflect the continuously growing Asian giving communities” said Wit.
“Driven by the instinctive Asian concern for our communities, there has been an increasing number of organisations and individuals who focus on meeting ever evolving societal and environmental needs. The Givers Network looks forward to gathering all these diverse givers so each of us can have a bigger impact.”
The five speakers are Bill Somerville, a renowned social impactor known for “keeping it simple” in giving; Lilly Satidtanasarn, a young environmentalist with a “save the earth” mission; Mechai Viravaidya, a leading Asian changemaker; Worawit Tantiwattanasap, a rural doctor with has devoted 27 years to save lives; Nai Saetoen, a young girl who provides a living example of giving beyond oneself.