The Red Cross Red Crescent Asia Pacific Fundraisers’ Network (APFN) is a membership-based network established to be an ongoing, self-sustaining, National Society-led initiative which meets the needs and gives sustained benefits to its diverse members. The APFN supports the Red Cross Red Crescent Strategy2020 and contributes to the goal of the Federation-Wide Resource Mobilization Strategy (FWRMS) in building the capacities of the National Societies in the Asia Pacific Zone.
Background and Development
The creation of the APFN was based on a commitment made by Asia Pacific National Societies during the 2006 Regional Conference in Singapore to initiate a sustainable network of fundraising professionals. Over the course of 2009, preparations took place for its inaugural meeting. This was fully supported by New Zealand Red Cross together with Steering Group members representing the four regions in the Asia Pacific zone.
The inaugural meeting of the APFN called Hui (the Maori word for a meeting) was held in Auckland, New Zealand on April 27-30, 2010. The said meeting was attended by 30 participants from 18 National Societies. The 2nd APFN Meeting, the APFN “Jer Kan” 2012 was held in Bangkok, Thailand on July 15-17, 2013 where 52 participants from 20 National Societies participated. The 3rd meeting, the APFN “Pulong” 2013 was held in Manila, Philippines on July 4¬6, 2013 with 111 participants from 18 National Societies attending.
The 4th meeting, APFN “Ngalawa” 2014 was held in Sydney, Australia on November 18-20, 2014 and a total of 78 participants from 13 National Societies, 1 observer and IFRC and ICRC attended.
Steering Group 2014-15
In March 2014, a new Steering Group was elected by member National Societies. The APFN has welcomed the following: Mr. David Armstrong, APFN Chair/Head of Fundraising, Australian Red Cross; Mr. Kim Bawi , Deputy Secretary General, Myanmar Red Cross Society; Ms. Alice Montague, National Fundraising Manager, New Zealand Red Cross; Ms. Winnie Wong, Head of Communications & Resource Development, Hong Kong branch of Red Cross Society of China; Mr. Mohammad Taib Yosufzai, Head of OD & Resource Mobilization, Afghan Red Crescent Society; Mr. Chris Tan, Head of Fundraising, Singapore Red Cross and Ms. Dianne Masih – Reddy, Resource Development Manager, Fiji Red Cross.
The 2011-13 APFN Chair, Dr. Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General, Philippine Red Cross will continue to be involved regularly with APFN and represent the network at key forums.