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Quarterly Bulletin

Women’s Empowerment Advocate Gina Lin Chu Supports New “Gender Smart” Initiative

Gina Lin Chu

The Asia Foundation announced on August 2, 2013, a generous gift from Gina Lin Chu to the Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Ms. Chu is a trustee of The Asia Foundation and a founding member of the Lotus Circle. “Ms. Chu is not only a committed advocate for the advancement of women and girls, she is also a volunteer of a rare breed: one who truly understands the value of unrestricted support” said Carol Yost, senior director of the Women’s Empowerment Program. After consulting with her program team, Yost decided to utilize Ms. Chu’s gift to launch a new ‘Gender Smart’ Initiative that will seamlessly integrate gender into the Foundation’s work throughout Asia, making The Asia Foundation truly ‘gender smart’. Matching support from the Lotus Circle will further leverage Ms. Chu’s gift. “In an organization in which the vast majority of funding is project-restricted, it is a challenge to find resources that allow us to innovate and build our capacity internally.” Yost continued, “We are gratified by Ms. Chu’s demonstration of trust in our ability to employ her support where we know it will have the most impact.”

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