Asia Foundation

Improving Lives, Expanding Opportunities

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.asiafoundation.org

Mission

The Asia Foundation improves lives, expands opportunities, and helps societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance pathbreaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Ruling year info

1952

President & CEO

Mr. David Arnold

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Suzanne Siskel

Main address

465 California Street 9th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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EIN

94-1191246

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

International Human Rights (Q70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Throughout Asia, rapid and sustained economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty; regional and global economic integration has generated rising trade and investment within Asia and with the world; and technology has accelerated change in striking ways. At the same time, the region continues to face rising inequality, pervasive subnational conflicts, challenges of urbanization, violence against women, and closing space for civil society. Left unaddressed, these challenges jeopardize Asia’s gains and undermine its future prospects. The work of The Asia Foundation remains as urgent and relevant today as it was when we were established in 1954.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Who we are

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of programs documented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Country Offices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives, expanding opportunities, and helping societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. Working through our offices in 18 countries, we partner with innovative leaders and communities to build effective and advance path-breaking reforms.

The Asia Foundation pursues its objectives through a combination of providing strategic, technical, and programmatic guidance and assistance at three levels—to individuals, to communities, and to a range of institutions--whose collective efforts can achieve desired outcomes. With a long view of Asia’s development needs, the Foundation emphasizes on a political economy approach, putting local communities at the center of its work. This approach includes nurturing leadership, informing public policy, expanding access to information, supporting regional collaboration, forging strategic partnerships, advancing gender equality, and leveraging new technologies.

Internationally recognized for our commitment to the region’s development, we bring together local individuals, communities, and governments who are shaping Asia’s future. Our approach is nuanced and multi-dimensional. A particular strength is our ability to navigate Asia’s political context for reform and development. Engaging our longstanding and ever-expanding networks, nurturing new talent and rising young leaders, and drawing on our deep regional knowledge, we play a catalytic role in advancing Asia’s development and social progress.

Asia Foundation Programs:
156 Strengthen Governments
93 Empower Women
73 Expand Economic Opportunity
38 Increase Environmental Resilience
52 Promote International Cooperation

We plan to continue strengthening and expanding these programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Asia Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Sunder Ramaswamy

Krea University


Board co-chair

Mr. Timothy Kochis

Kochis Global

Terrence Adamson

Boeing

William Ball

Ball & Associates

Howard Berman

Covington & Burling LLP

Robert Blake

McLarty Associates

Jerome Dodson

Parnassus Investments

Elizabeth Economy

Council on Foreign Relations

Karl Eikenberry

Stanford University

Ted Eliot

Winnie Feng

Jared Frost

RMI Group

Michael Green

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Noeleen Heyzer

Rajaratnam School of International Studie

Karl Inderfurth

Johns Hopkins University

Stephen Kahng

Mark Lippert

The Boeing Company

Clare Lockhart

Institute for State Effectiveness

Patricia Loui

OmniTrak Group Inc.

Meredith Ludlow

Johns Hopkins University

James McCool

Charles Schwab

Janet Montag

Kook-Hyun Moon

Hansoll Textile Ltd.

Lauren Moriarty

Adil Najam

Boston University

William Neukom

World Justice Project

Dustin Palmer

Code For America

Iromi Perera

Ruby Shang

Masako Shinn

Graphis Inc.

Deanne Weir

Casimir Yost

Covington & Burling

Daniel Feldman

Covington & Burling

Timothy Kochis

Kochis Global

Sunder Ramaswamy

Krea University

Teresita Schaffer

Brookings Institution

Kathleen Stephens

Korea Economic Institute of America

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.