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.
APFN offers tools and resources to support our National Societies in fundraising and Resource Mobilization. View APFN Resources Centre here
Background and Development
The creation of APFN was based on a commitment made by Asia Pacific National Societies leaders 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 APFN called Hui (the Maori word for a meeting) was held in Auckland,
New Zealand on 27-30 April 2010. The said meeting was attended by 30 participants from 18 National Societies. Building on inspiring outcomes of Hui, APFN has been organizing annual meetings with constant growth of National Societies and practitioners participating. Over the years, APFN has also developed platforms and tools for learning to support its members including webinars, Resource Mobilization Guidebook, monthly eNewsletters, Resource Centre on FedNet and an online discussion chatroom. It has also expanded its Peer-to-Peer support program which mobilizes National Societies with diverse experience in fundraising and Resource Mobilization to share learning with others.
Steering Group 2014-15
APFN members elect every two years a Steering Group who will maintain the running of the network and monitor the achievement of the set objectives. APFN welcomed the following members of the APFN Steering Group for the period of 2014-15:
- Mr. David Armstrong, APFN Chair (Australian Red Cross);
- Mr. Kim Bawi (Myanmar Red Cross Society);
- Ms. Alice Montague ( New Zealand Red Cross);
- Ms. Winnie Wong, (Hong Kong branch of Red Cross Society of China);
- Mr. Mohammad Taib Yosufzai (Afghan Red Crescent Society);
- Mr. Chris Tan, (Singapore Red Cross)
The Steering Group and member National Societies will continue working together on establishing a flourishing and self-sustainable network.