Asian Insights on Nonprofit Leadership

- a blog by Usha Menon

APT Considerations: Fundraising’s Market-entry Into Asia

A recent blog post on 101 Fundraising where Daryl Upsall gave his views on what it takes ’to go global’ in fundraising,  got me thinking of fundraising’s  market entry into Asia.  If indeed INGOs want to head East with a new-market strategy they will do well to know a few ground realities. For INGOs especially […]


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Fundraising Funnels and Flasks

    Hello Usha, I have just sold my stake in an Indonesian company. I plan to retire from business and spend time with my grandchildren.  I want to give the entire amount of US$3.0 Million to a good charity. But you have to promise me that they will not follow me after that; because […]


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Generation G: Teachings from a five year old philanthropist

While much is written and discussed about the giving behaviours of the baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (or Millennial), I want to focus on Generation G in this post.  Generation Generosity cuts across many age-groups and their generosity embraces more than charity. Here is an account of a recent encounter with a member of […]


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Trio of Influence

Trio of influences coming to bear in Asia Hand in hand with the growing wealth in countries across Asia, the region is making strides in all aspects of local fundraising and philanthropy. However I anticipate that three key factors in particular will have a critical impact in the giving landscape going forward. China’s mega-philanthropy By […]


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The 3 Ps of Philanthropy: Philosophy, Process & People

With the rapid changes around us, including the stations on the philanthropic journey, I find that many donors are seeking the philanthropic model best suited to them. Those engaged in philanthropy are becoming more discerning and diligent about managing their philanthropy and life’s many choices. Hence I believe they should treat their philanthropic portfolio just […]


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Fundraising Insights from India

This blog post was first published on 15 August 2013 on 101fundraising – Crowdblog on Fundraising Today is the 67th Independence Day of India. Such milestones are good time to reflect on the past and forecast the way forward. Hence I will focus on fundraising insights from India, one of the countries that are generating […]


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Key steps in developing a successful fundraising strategy

This interview first appeared in the Resource Alliance e-newsletter in June 2013.  Usha Menon is Executive Chairman of Usha Menon Management Consultancy (Asia), an international training and consultancy service working exclusive with ‘for-impact’ organisations. A celebrated speaker, connector and consultant on non-profit management, fundraising and philanthropy, she has presented, trained and inspired non-profit leaders across […]


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Resurgent Asia: fundraising and philanthropy (Part 2 of 2)

Several questions on fundraising and philanthropy were posed to me at the 50th International Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professional held in San Diego in early April. Here are some insights: Major gifts: inter-generational wealth transfer There is a Chinese saying that wealth does not last beyond three generations- as the first generation creates, […]


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Resurgent Asia- the return to historical normal (Part 1 of 2)

“Study the past 2000 years… year 1 to the year 1820 the two largest economies in the world were consistently China and India. So what you are seeing in the 21st century is a return to the old historical normal.”  Kishore Mabhubani, one of the leading thinkers of modern times. I was in San Diego, […]


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3 Storytelling lessons

Here is an analogy to fundraising from the Sanskrit scriptures that I have derived many lessons from. It is about Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, who were tasked by their parents to go around the world three times. While Kartikeya set out on the task immediately, circumambulating the globe as instructed, Ganesha chose to walked around his parents, […]


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