Support Asia Society Australia

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For 60 years globally and 20 years in Australia, Asia Society has been building bridges of understanding between leaders and change-makers of Asia, Australia and the United States. 
To grow our impact and pursue our goal of building Asia-connected Australia, the support of donors like you is critical.

Asia Society Australia is Australia’s leading national centre for engagement with Asia, established in 1997. We are a part of Asia Society – a preeminent global organisation and one of the best examples of a philanthropic vision and endeavour that has created the most respected global non-profit organisation of its kind in the world.

Asia Society Australia is:

  • A dynamic social enterprise powered and supported through the membership of the leading Australian and global companies, education and government institutions
  • A non-profit, non-political, privately-funded charitable organisation registered under the Australian Charities and Non-Profit Commission
  • A distinct voice on Asia in Australia, maintaining a full programming and financial independence from Asia Society, with an exclusive focus on Australia-Asia engagement

Opportunities to Make an Impact

With dynamic leadership, new energy and sustainable base, Asia Society Australia is committed to:

  1. Promote a robust, balanced debate on Asia in Australia
  2. Support new leaders and voices in Australia-Asia relations
  3. Connect policy, business, academic and cultural leaders and communities to generate new ideas and find innovative solutions for Australia-Asia engagement
  4. Promote our multicultural, inclusive and open society and empower Asian-Australian leadership

Named and endowed chairs, scholarships, fellowships and programs are the best practice in philanthropy to achieve a long-term impact. Named initiatives will help Asia Society to attract and support the world’s leading thinkers and emerging leaders; find solutions to complex challenges and issues facing Australia and the region; and build an intellectually rigorous and relevant programming and research.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) with Orville Schell, Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations (R), in Washington on June 15, 2011. (Les Talusan/Asia Society Washington Center)

Dr Henry Kissinger (left) and Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. Arthur Ross' philanthropic investment enables the Centre to attract a world-class talent and expertise on China and produce cutting-edge research on the world's most important bilateral relationship. 


Generation Asia (GEN A)

Supporting the Next Generation of Asia-Connected Australian Leaders
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Iwan Sunito, Crown Group CEO speaks to GEN A Masterclass participants. Sydney, 2017

 

We are acutely aware of our responsibility to empower the new generation of Asia-engaged Australian leaders.

That's why in 2016 we launched a new program - Generation Asia or GEN A - a learning, networking and leadership development platform which supports young leaders from the Asia Society Australia network.

GEN A has a capacity to grow into a national program reaching more young leaders from diverse backgrounds and communities.

But we need your support to make it happen. Your contribution will:

  • Scale up GEN A and make it more impactful and visible
  • Establish scholarships to enable those from disadvantaged communities to access GEN A
  • Help fund GEN A-led missions to Asia
  • Support programs, mentors and speakers within the GEN A

Asia Society-Victoria Distinguished Fellowship

Increasing economic, strategic and cultural connectivity between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
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Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, with inaugural Distinguished Fellow, Thomas LembongCase Studies of Impact

 

Asia Society Australia-Victoria Distinguished Fellowship is a partnership between Asia Society Australia and the Victorian Government to bring the best minds and ideas from Asia and Australia to Victoria. It aims to generate new ideas and promote greater economic, strategic and cultural connectivity between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The Fellowship will showcase the state of Victoria as Australia's centre of excellence for Asia insights and capabilities. 

One Fellowship will be awarded annually to a thought-leader from Asia or Australia from public, private and non-profit sectors to develop new approaches and practical solutions to deepen and broaden Australia’s relations with Asia. Thomas Trikasih Lembong, Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board and former Indonesian Minister of Trade, is the inaugural recipient of the Asia Society Australia-Victoria Distinguished Fellowship. 

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Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities

Three-year partnership between Asia Society and AECOM

Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together will leverage the extensive public and private sector relationships of both Asia Society and AECOM to facilitate a series of high-level conversations. Each forum is an opportunity for leaders in urban design, infrastructure and public policy to connect with a common goal – imagining a long-term vision for each city supported by innovative ways to achieve it. The first year of the partnership launches on 30 March in Manila before moving to Sydney, Los Angeles, New York and culminating in Hong Kong.

View the full media release here >>


Asia Society Australia Centre

Legacy-Building
Melbourne Centre signing

HONG KONG, February 9, 2012 - Asia Society made history with the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Hong Kong Centre.

As a part of our 2020 Strategy, we seek to grow our physical footprint and establish a prominent public space celebrating Australia’s geographic, cultural and economic connectivity with Asia.

The absence of a public centre in Australia dedicated to Asia – despite the intensity of Australia’s economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement with Asia and the growing Australian-Asian communities – is a gap that Asia Society with its stellar reputation, world-class programming, global network and a track-record of establishing award-winning public venues is capable of filling.

View the full media release here >>


Planned Giving

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Any gift to the Asia Society Australia is an act of generosity. To make a planned gift to underscore your work of a lifetime is a significant commitment. Careful planning will ensure that you will achieve your desired impact and objectives for you, your family and the Asia Society.

Your tax-deductible contribution to Asia Society Australia will help support our programming and growth, while enabling a long-lasting connection between you and Asia Society, a preeminent global organisation with a stellar reputation and influential global network.

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For more information on how to support Asia Society Australia please contact us by email programaustralia@asiasociety.org or phone +61 2 8199 9402


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  • Panel Discussion
    Thursday 2 Aug 2018
    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    How has philanthropy evolved since the establishment of landmark institutions like MoMa and Asia Society?

  • Panel Discussion
    Thursday 2 Aug 2018
    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    How has philanthropy evolved since the establishment of landmark institutions like MoMa and Asia Society?