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We help donors with the capital and commitment to make a difference in Asia!

Our Advisory services are available to individuals, families and Private Wealth Advisors. Our expertise and experience in the Asian region enables us to identify projects where there will be a visible social impact and social return on investment.

Our services can also be accessed by Grantmaking foundations and their Advisors in Australia, Europe and the United States. We provide customised research, due diligence, monitoring and evaluation for grantmakers who are in investing in Asia.

Snapshot of our work:

  • Establishment of philanthropy organisations and support groups
  • Development of innovative and sustainable Social Businesses based on Community needs
  • Integration of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Intervention projects
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Grant Making

Our footprint in Asia is increasing significantly!

We enable individuals, families and institutions including social venture funds to grant make and invest effectively and transparently in Asia.

With the help of trusted partners and networks who have been through our stringent due diligence, we have made grants successfully and impacted visible change in diverse parts of the Asia Pacific including: Australia & New Zealand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. 
Our advisory and grant making has resulted in:

  • Building of schools thereby improving educational standards and future opportunities for Burmese Refugee children in Thailand and children from poverty stricken regions of Cambodia and Laos;
  • The design and equipping of a hospital to provide free medical treatment to pregnant mothers and their families in Cambodia;
  • Funding of a surgical facility to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable children and their families living around a hazzardous dumpsite in Cambodia;
  • Development of new micro-financing projects to support disadvantaged and marginalised families in Cambodia and the Philippines;
  • Establishment of training courses in Thailand to assist migrant students to access university education and training courses for migrant students to better prepare them for work.
  • Investment in start-up Social Businesses using Professor Yunus’ Seven Principles
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We have advisors with substantial experience in developing Corporate Social Responsibility projects focussing on community involvement in Asia.


Our corporate community involvement has resulted in:

  • Investment in social businesses to directly provide vocational training and employment for marginalised young people
  • Developed employee workplace giving programs with up to 100% participation
  • Redeveloped the structural base for a significant Australian charity to move forward to its next developmental stage
  • Assisted a Family Foundation to establish an international presence
  • Completed a research paper for Triodos Bank
  • Fund-raised for and helped established an A$20m loan fund for Social Enterprises Finance in Australia.
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Social Business Development

Social Business Development = Sustainability
The development of innovative and unique Social Businesses is a key area of expertise at dāna asia. Our approach is distinctive as it relies on the creation of a business that provide both skills and long-term and sustainable income generating opportunities for communities suffering from chronic poverty.
We believe that is through the development of Social Businesses that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Asia will be able to better secure their future sustainably. The dāna asia Social Business Model empowers people to establish and manage their own businesses and finances to generate income to better secure their livelihoods through the eradication of poverty. 
dāna asia’s Social Business Philosophy is underpinned by The Seven Principles of Social Business according to Dr Muhammad Yunus (Noble Prize for Peace recipient in conjunction with Grameen Bank)
  1. Business objective will overcome poverty, or one or more problems (such as education, health, technology access, and environment) which threaten people and society; not profit maximisation
  2. Financial and economic sustainability
  3. Investors get back their investment amount only. No dividend is given beyond investment money
  4. When investment amount is paid back, company profit stays with the company for expansion and improvement
  5. Environmentally conscious
  6. Workforce gets market wage with better working conditions
  7. ...do it with joy

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Duncan Power

Position: CEO, email: duncan@danaasia.org Duncan

Duncan Power has over twenty years experience working in the not for profit and social enterprise worlds in a financial and advisory capacity. 

Duncan joined British registered Bank Mercury Provident (now known as Triodos Bank) in 1989 as CEO following a career in Accountancy in New Zealand. The bank specialised in making loans to organisations that were for community benefit as well as being financially viable. During the 5 years he was at the helm of this bank, the balance sheet grew over 600%.

After 5 years in the role and overseeing the successful merger with Triodos, he was appointed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in London as Manager responsible for establishing a social investment loan fund for Charities. Now registered as a bank itself (Charity Bank), the fund grew quickly following the success of getting 99.5 loans back out of the first 100 made, despite being unsecured and considered as being un-bankable deals by the UK banking community.

After three years in the role Duncan was yearning to come back to the Southern Hemisphere and put forward a business development plan to establish CAF in Australia finding the necessary matched funding for CAF in the UK to give their backing to the venture. Ten years with Duncan as CEO, CAF in Australia has facilitated grant making to the Not for Profit organizations in Australia and the Asian region of over AUD120 Million. Annual donations facilitated in Australia amounting to nearly 1% of total Australian tax deductible donations by 2009.

Duncan also headed-up CAF’s Asian grants management work that made grants to developing world Asian projects that have positively influenced over 1 Million peoples lives in its first 3 years of operations.

Duncan has over 20 years of working experience with the community sector, directly in an executive capacity, as a volunteer and as a non-executive Director. He has been the Chair of a number of Boards and Committees in diverse range of community organizations including a UK grant making foundation, an aged care facility and a school. Duncan is also a former director of INAISE, an international networking organisation for social investment organisations based in Brussels.

Duncan’s passions include “making a difference for those in need”, meeting people, philosophy, travelling, trekking, kayaking, sailing and soccer.


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Elizabeth Masamune PSM

Elizabeth Masamune (Chair) has had a long career serving as a diplomat and Senior Elizabeth Photo2 S2 1Trade Commissioner with the Australian Trade Commission in Asia, specifically Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2006 by the Australian Government for outstanding service in advancing the interests of Australian firms in Asia.

Since leaving the Australian Government in 2014, Elizabeth has re-located back to Japan and established @Asia Associates Japan, Inc. where she focuses on providing advice to firms on leadership and mentoring for women in business, encouraging female entrepreneurs, and bridging cross cultural communication gaps in business.

Elizabeth is a member of the Chiba University Management Advisory Board in Japan, and leads the Japan-based Future Leaders Program on behalf of the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Japan Institute for Board Director Training. Elizabeth serves as a Non-Executive Director at Advangen Inc, the Japanese subsidiary of ASX listed company Cellmid.

A fluent Japanese speaker, she is also proficient is several other Asian languages.

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