A member of the AVPN network is an organisation that supports AVPN’s mission to promote venture philanthropy across the region through networking and learning. AVPN is a charity registered in Singapore and annual payments by members are contributions (as donations) to AVPN to support its general activities consistent with its charitable objectives.
The AVPN has three classes (or tiers) of member – Associate, Practicing and Supporting. Most organisations would apply to join as an Associate. Practicing Members are those “doing venture philanthropy” and so their relevant activity for joining AVPN is either “venture philanthropy” or “impact investing”. Supporting members make a minimum annual financial contribution of US$10,000 and have a more engaged relationship with AVPN.
Prospective members can apply using the online form on this website. AVPN will review applications and contact applicants if more information or clarification is needed. In each case, acceptance as a member and the class of membership awarded is determined by AVPN’s membership committee in its absolute discretion. Please allow 10 business days to receive a response. An applicant can withdraw from the process at any time. The annual membership contribution will only be requested after membership has been accepted.
The current annual contribution level for each member tier is as follows:
|Member Tier||Regular Annual Contribution (US$)||Reduced* Annual Contribution (US$)||Comments|
|General Class of membership|
|Practicing||2,500||1,000||Member practices the Venture Philanthropy model|
|Supporting||10,000||n.a.||A higher level of engagement with AVPN|
* AVPN will provide Associate or Practicing member tier status for the reduced annual contribution shown if the applicant is (i) from a lower GDP-per-capita country (see qualifying country list below), or (ii) is a registered charity (or equivalent in its country) with an annual income of less than US$250,000. Also current EVPA members receive a 50% discount from the regular AVPN Associate or Practicing member annual contribution amount, unless they otherwise qualify for a lower contribution. There is no discount on the already reduced US$500 annual contribution for university members of AVPN who are also EVPA members.
Main Asian Countries eligible for Reduced Annual Contributions (Based on GDP per capita in 2010 below US$5,000, as at Dec 2010, not a complete list)
Members are notified in advance about private events, receive a periodic newsletter, are offered discounted participant fees for selected open events and have direct access to the AVPN team.
Being a “member” under one of the three tiers described above does not make an organisation or individual a Member of AVPN under the Articles of Association of AVPN nor under the Companies Act (Chapter 50 of Singapore). Members accepted as Associate, Practicing or Supporting members will be “affiliate members” under Article 10(a) of Articles of Association of AVPN (subject to such terms and conditions of membership which the Board may determine from time to time) and will not have any of the rights of Members so defined and set out under the Articles of Association of AVPN.
AVPN’s other main tiers of financial supporters are Grant-Makers, Sponsors and Partners. If you are interested in any of these tiers, which start from larger annual financial contributions, please contact AVPN directly. Support at these tiers of membership may be made as private donations that are not disclosed (or disclosed as “anonymous”). These tier members may choose to make public their support and have the option to be listed as “Supporting Members” as well as, or instead of, their higher tier status.
Anyone wishing to support AVPN may become a donor. Donors may request their donations to be kept anonymous or be disclosed. Donations and other payments to AVPN will only be accepted by bank transfer or by other recognised electronic payment systems so that the identity of the donor can be determined and a receipt of payment issued. Payments may also be made by cheque drawn on a bank account in Singapore. AVPN will not accept any cash payments.