I started TYPN as a community for people with similar purpose and passion to meet and create change together. In the past decade, we have had 2,800 active members. We want to educate Thai society on the potential of strategic giving. Our framework has evolved over the years and we now classify our work into two main categories: direct impact and enabler. Many of our projects focus on piloting new innovative financing tools such as a giving circle, a form of crowdfunding for pro bono skills-based volunteering.
In terms of direct impact, our focus is on empowering children from the least privileged socio-economic backgrounds in Thailand. Via Life Hero Thailand, we focus on access to formal education, seeing it as a great equalizer and tool for social mobility. We are researching better alternatives that will transform these children’s lives and working closely with UNICEF to explore skills training and job matching that not only enables access to education but also offers direct links to long-term employment. We are launching an initiative for 2019 to support at least 100 children on this pathway.
Looking ahead, we have lots planned. In 2018 TaejaiDotcom channeled over 50 million baht in financial support to 280 projects and engaged more than 23,000 donors. We want to double that by the end of 2019. We also plan to engage students on the project side as we see Taijai as a societal leadership lab to activate citizenship among young kids.
In addition, we are aiming to experiment with place-based philanthropy where instead of supporting one independent project, we will select a cluster of projects working on different interrelated social and environmental issues in one geographical location. We will also be partnering the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network to start a community of next generation philanthropists in Asia. All in all, we intend to make 2019 the year of experimentation: to learn and relearn in order to create more substantial and sustainable impact on what we have achieved in our first decade.
(See also: I Am Generation T: Pongcharn Russell)