TT Foundation Advisors: Enhancing Access to Boost Regional Philanthropy Capabilities

06 May 2024

Temasek Trust’s philanthropy advisory services arm — TT Foundation Advisors (TTFA) — will build capabilities in the regional philanthropic sector by improving access to philanthropy advisory and management services for philanthropic foundations, family offices, business corporations, philanthropists, and charities across Asia.

The new entity’s launch is aligned with Temasek Trust’s aim of building a vibrant and impactful philanthropic ecosystem in Asia, by supporting more individuals and family offices on their collaborative journey of giving and impact.

Clients of TTFA can tap on Temasek Trust’s networks, capabilities, ongoing initiatives with like-minded partners to drive positive impact in Asia, and the expertise and evidence-based interventions across the wider philanthropic ecosystem to professionalise their giving.

TTFA is helmed by philanthropy advisory services industry veteran Mr. Dickson Lim. He leads a team who will work with philanthropists, family offices, business corporations, and organisations in Asia to strategise, structure, execute, manage, review, and transition their philanthropic visions and legacies, across generations, geographies, and leadership successions.


Fast-evolving philanthropic landscape in Asia

The launch comes amid growing demand for philanthropy advisory and management services in Asia, where the philanthropic landscape is growing in significance and evolving rapidly. There is a shift from chequebook to catalytic philanthropy, with a greater emphasis on impact measurement and management, and more outcomes-driven, evidence-based giving.

Singapore is also fast becoming a regional philanthropic hub, with more than 1,400 single family offices (SFOs) and half of Southeast Asia’s top family businesses.

“There is a significant opportunity to drive meaningful impact in Asia, with a fast-growing need for trusted philanthropy advisory and management services,” said Mr. Dickson Lim, Head of TTFA.

These developments have heightened demand for outsourced independent philanthropy advisory services and DAFs to facilitate local and regional giving. TTFA has been set up to meet this increased demand and to build regional philanthropy capabilities.

The TTFA team aims to deliver strategic and impactful solutions that resonate with the clients’ passions, values, and the communities they care deeply about, Mr. Lim noted.

TTFA clients can benefit from impact measurement, and management training and insights from Temasek Trust ecosystem entities such as the Centre for Impact Investing and Practices and the Asia Centre for Changemakers.

They may also embark on collaborative philanthropic projects and initiatives via the Philanthropy Asia Alliance, or access curated global impact opportunities on Co-Axis, a digital catalytic capital marketplace.

Mr. David Chee, Partner, Private Wealth and Middle East Practices, Wong Partnership, described TTFA’s launch as a positive industry development. “Philanthropy advisory and management services will be more accessible. Clients now have another option of a reputable and trusted service provider which is not linked to a financial institution,” he added.

TTFA aims to be a one-stop independent provider of philanthropy advisory and management services to philanthropic foundations, family offices, business corporations, philanthropists, and charities across Asia.

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