OUR Story

Creating light from darkness.

In 2002, a terrorist bomb in Bali, Indonesia, killed 202 people. Among them was Mark Weingard’s fiancée, Annika Linden. Devastated by his loss, Mark was inspired to help those affected by the bombings. And so, the Annika Linden Foundation was set up in 2003 as a vehicle for Mark’s personal giving. Since then, it has grown into a leading grant-making foundation, now known as Inspirasia Foundation.

Supported by Iniala and other businesses and individuals around the world, Inspirasia provides both financial and non-financial support to a number of different organisations spread over four countries.

In 2009, when the name changed to Inspirasia, it was decided that we would also take on a second mission, that of “inspiring others to give”. The foundation does not reach out for financial support but works together with partners to make an impact.

The foundation started its life as a purely grant-making foundation and then developed a ‘more than money’ philosophy, which means that the grantees would be mentored and given direction.

Annika Linden  1972-2002

Annika Linden


I have faith, yet I have no religion
I have knowledge, yet I don’t understand
I have vision, yet I cannot see reason
I walk free, free of hatred
I touch you, touch with compassion
I have life, life in your heart
— Mark Weingard, Founder of Inspirasia Foundation