About Philanthropy in Motion

Philanthropy in Motion (PIM) empowers millennials with the funding, training, and networks to become mission-driven leaders and amplify their social impact. We guide individuals through a comprehensive process of identifying their missions, investigating social issues, and leveraging collective resources to advance social innovation in Greater China. Combining world class curricula with a “learning by giving” approach, our education programs have empowered hundreds of young people to take a strategic, venture capitalist model to philanthropy, deciding how to best allocate a fund of up to $20,000 as well as other resources to impactful social ventures.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world in which all young people are motivated to contribute their time, talent, and resources to advance human welfare. Together, we can change the traditional definition of success to be more than wealth or social status, but also social impact of our everyday lives and work. To realize this vision, we operate under the guidance of four core values:

  • Access

    Philanthropy and social impact is not just for the retired, wealthy, or successful. Young people from any type of background can drive causes they care about.

  • Strategy

    Positive social change is created not just with the heart, but also with the mind. Understanding needs, conducting due diligence, and evaluating outcomes are necessary for maximizing social good.

  • Collective Impact

    Charitable giving and social investments, when done collectively, can achieve greater outcomes. Such collective experiences can also enhance leadership, deepen values, facilitate communication, and foster responsibility among young people.

  • Innovation

    The next generation requires a space to innovate, experiment, and develop their own solutions toward social problems.

Our Team

Jasmine Lau

Executive Director

Jasmine Lau is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of PIM. Through education and technology, she strives to amplify the role and voice of young people in solving social challenges in addition to channeling philanthropic resources in a more strategic manner. Hailing from Hong Kong, Jasmine graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and Peking University with a Masters in International Studies. Other than PIM, Jasmine founded EMBER (a girls education program in rural China) and Kliptap (a crowdfunding platform for causes). She has also worked in the fields of investment banking, Internet technology, and philanthropic foundations. Jasmine has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list for her work in social entrepreneurship and is a recipient of the Richard Rockefeller Fellowship and the Hong Kong Youth Service Award.

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Executive Director

Connie Leong

Co-Founder

Connie is the Co-Founder of PIM, and advises on strategic direction and growth. As a firm believer of learning-by-doing, Connie also applies human-centered design to shape the virtual and workshop experiences for PIM’s programs. In parallel with PIM, Connie consults for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a management consulting firm that focuses on international development and social impact. Launching Dalberg’s presence in Hong Kong, Connie has advised large foundations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on devising strategies for ICT, education, stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition, Connie was involved in scaling multilateral efforts to support educational programs in over 60 countries. Before shifting to consulting, Connie developed an online platform that allows millennials to crowdsource funding and digital marketing for causes, such as girls’ education and vocational training for disadvantaged youth. Connie grew up in New York, and holds a BA with distinction in both Political Science and East Asian Studies from Yale University.

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Co-Founder

Ashwin Kaja

External Resources Director

Ashwin Kaja is a member of the Steering Committee at PIM, focused on strategy and external resources. He also designs and leads negotiation, deliberations, and consensus-building workshops for PIM’s educational programs.

As an American lawyer based mainly in Beijing, China, Ashwin serves on the global policy team of the international law firm Covington & Burling, assisting companies, organizations, and governments develop strategies for navigating challenging policy contexts and solving complex policy problems in key jurisdictions around the world.  Beyond his legal practice, Ashwin has been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University Law School (China) and has taught courses on international negotiation at Renmin University, Jindal Global University (India), American University in Cairo (Egypt), and the National University of Malaysia. Ashwin holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Economics and Government from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is fluent in Chinese and Spanish, and conversational in Telugu.

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External Resources Director

Joyce Zheng

Founding Member

Joyce joined PIM early on its inception and has been one of the founding members shaping the organization. She currently works at the World Bank Group (WBG), assessing the relevance and impact of the WBG’s work in alleviating poverty though growing rural non-farm economy. She has experience encouraging innovation to promote sustainable community development in Tanzania and Malaysia. She has also co-initiates and led a Rural Minority Ecotourism Development project in rural Thailand, under the Youth Innovation Fund with the WBG. Joyce grew up in Yong’an and Fuzhou in Fujian province and holds a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University.

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Founding Member

Meg Rudy

Program Manager

Meg first joined PIM as a volunteer in 2014 and transitioned to full-time Program Manager in 2016. She is passionate about finding ways to do more good in the social and philanthropic sectors. Prior to her role at PIM, Meg worked as a Senior Grant Writer at Elevate, a start-up fundraising firm based in Washington, DC. There, Meg developed and implemented fundraising strategies for diverse non-profit clients, raising millions of dollars from high-profile institutional funders across the U.S. Meg also designed a guided curriculum for INSIGHT, Elevate’s online incubator for emerging non-profits seeking to scale. Meg earned her BA with honors in History from Grinnell College and was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Award.

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Program Manager

Addison Yang

Community Manager

Addison is the Community Manager for Philanthropy in Motion (PIM), where he is responsible for managing relations with PIM’s online and offline communities (e.g., organizations and alumni) through coordinating events and partnerships. He is passionate about the intersection between tech, policy, and philanthropy, and hopes to find news ways of weaving together the three to create positive social impact.
Hailing from Southern California, Addison moved to Beijing shortly after college to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society. He hopes to bring back these lessons back to the United States where he can continue to serve the community. Addison Yang graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he studied comparative politics, focusing on the Middle East and East Asia.

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