The first working paper in the Philanthropy in Asia series, titled Philanthropy on the Road to Nationhood in Singapore, was launched on 16th December 2015 at the Central Public Library.
The event saw over 45 attendees comprising of academics, philanthropy groups and members of the public. It was a fruitful session where the authors Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan shared on their key findings. During their sharing, the audience was taken on a journey of over 70 years of philanthropy in Singapore. Among the anecdotes of notable philanthropists and their generous spirit of giving, heart-warming stories that were also shared involved many Singaporeans who gave during a time when they had little. Dance hostess performing for fund raising nights for the building fund of Nanyang University while prisoners cooking for the 16,000 people displaced during the Bukit Ho Swee fire were among the many stories that highlighted the ‘kampong-spirit’ of Singaporeans.
It was a fruitful event that saw many attendees staying back after the presentation to engage the authors with more questions and personal sharing. We thank the authors for their insightful presentation and for their hard work.