2017 Social Impact Awards Finalists Announced


Gala to name winners at IFC Asia, 26-28 June, in Bangkok

BANGKOK (25 June) – The Resource Alliance and The Rockefeller Foundation are pleased to announce finalists in the 2017 Social Impact Awards. Winners will be named on Tuesday, 27 June, at a gala event at IFC Asia, taking place 26-28 June in Bangkok.

“The awards recognise the commitment of NGOs and civil society organisations in Asia whose work has improved the lives of the poor and vulnerable,” says Natalie Phaholyothin, associate director, The Rockefeller Foundation. “We hope that the awards will serve to inspire and engage new actors to join this ambitious endeavour, and to spread the philanthropic spirit.”


Big impact, small budget

  • Pratthanadee Foundation, Thailand
  • Alliance Anti-Trafic, Vietnam
  • Weave Foundation, Thailand

Most innovative campaign

  • Human Help Network, Thailand
  • Indonesia Medika, Indonesia
  • Operation Blessing Foundation, Philippines

Best CSR-social impact partnership

  • Mann Deshi Foundation and HSBC, India
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Marriott Thailand Business Council, Thailand
  • Rural Health Care Foundation and SAR Group of Companies, India

Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Isabel Dora Sahini, Udayan Care, India
  • Yousaf Shah, Philanthrope, Pakistan
  • Saibaba Kammela, Sports Coaching Foundation, India

Fundraisers Award In partnership with CFRE

  • Menaka Rodriguez, India Foundation for the Arts, India
  • Pham Thu Huong, Microfinance and Community Development Institute, Vietnam
  • Gopala Krishnan Krishna Swamy, Purkal Youth Development Society, India

The Resource Alliance has been presenting the NGO Awards in Thailand, India and Vietnam for 10 years, but 2017 marks a substantial change in the award program’s focus and delivery.

The change is intended to honor efforts from all sectors that work toward creating positive, lasting change in the Asia Pacific region: NGO, CSR, individual philanthropy, social enterprise, fundraising, volunteerism, and others.

The 2017 Social Impact Awards are presented with the support The Rockefeller Foundation.

“The world is not suffering from a penury of money, but it is afflicted by how resources are being distributed. Inequities remain endemic for certain populations of Asia. This is precisely why cultivating the spirit of philanthropy is critical in moving us towards a more inclusive world,” Phaholyothin says. “We are honoured to be able to join forces in this effort by working with The Resource Alliance to cultivate and engender the spirit of philanthropy in Asia.”


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