Philanthropists should adopt a higher profile

Source: Business Times, 17 November 2012
By: Andrea Soh

IN order for the philanthropy scene in Asia to grow to the next stage, philanthropists here should adopt a higher profile. This will help educate and encourage more people to give as well, panellists said yesterday on the second day of the Credit Suisse Philanthropists Forum 2012.

“Our culture and society suggest that giving is something that we keep quiet about,” said Keith Chua, advisory board chairman of Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School.

But publicity has a role to play in the philanthropy world, he added. “(It is) not so much to fly your flag or raise your profile, but really to communicate the place of philanthropy. When we talk about the examples of philanthropists that we can look to, they become a source of encouragement and they can also bring about others to participate in it.”

Similarly, for Stephen Riady, president of the Lippo Group, a large conglomerate in Indonesia, coming across the places that had been named after his father in countries such as United States, Indonesia and Singapore for the contributions that he made, serves as a reminder to
“My father has been an example to me. Some of the places in Indonesia and China that he gave to, like libraries, started putting his name (on the buildings). The purpose of that was to remind the next generation to continue giving,” he told BT.

Dr Riady hopes to inspire the next generation to do the same. Places that have been named after him include the arts centre at the Singapore American School and the library at St Joseph’s Institution International. “We are so limited (in our resources) – whether you give $25 million or $50 million, it’s still small compared to the needs of Singapore and the region. Our function will be to raise a bit of profile, to encourage others to also donate,” said Dr Riady, who attributed his Christian faith and the desire to become a channel of blessing as the reason behind his giving. The importance of publicity to advance the cause of philanthropy notwithstanding, Dr Riady cautioned that the motive should still take precedence. “You give with the heart, not just for the publicity. That’s very important.”

The businessman yesterday donated $25 million to NUS in support of its University Town and Yale-NUS College. This was made through the newly established Stephen Riady Group of
Foundations, which comprises 11 foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong.
The institution will focus on giving to causes in Singapore -to return to the society where he has
lived for 20 years in all – and education, Dr Riady said.

Credit Suisse Global Philanthropists Forum – By Invitation Only event

Mr Keith Chua, ABR Holdings Executive Chairman; ACSEP Board Chairman, spoke at a Donor Forum: Why I Give. Moderated by Prof Tan Tai Yong, Vice Provost of Student Life, NUS. The other panelists include Dr Stephen Riady of Lippo Group and Dr Fabio Landazabal, Senior Vice President and Area Director Asia Pacific of Glaxo Smith Kline. Dr Rob John, ACSEP Visiting Senior Fellow, chaired a plenary session on Maximizing Impact through Collaborative Giving. The panel comprises Ms Liza Green, Co-Founder & Director, New Day Asia (Hong Kong); Mr Deval Sanghavi, Partner & Co-Founder, Dasra (India); Mr Ken Ito, Project Research Associate, Keio University (Japan).

The panel explored model of giving/investing circles that are taking root in a number of Asian countries, and how such circles enhance effective philanthropy. The quantity and quality of resources made available to non-profits or social businesses is enhanced, and also the circles are part of donor education. Circles lower the barrier to beginning a philanthropic journey and allow philanthropists to learn from each other.

Presentation Slides

Inaugural Charity Governance Award Ceremony- Organised by Charity Council, in partnership with ACSEP

The Inaugural Charity Governance Award (CGA) is organised by Charity Council and held in partnership with ACSEP, who developed the judging criteria and assessment process. The CGA aims to promote good governance in the charity sector by acknowledging the excellent work of charities, while inspiring others to emulate their best practices. For more information about the award ceremony, please click here. CNA News on the awards, please click here. For more information about the award, please click here.

1st Singapore International Public Health Conference

Organised by the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Chapter of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore.

ACSEP co-organised a Symposium on social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy in health delivery held in conjunction with the conference on 2nd October 2012. The panel was chaired by Prof Audrey Chia (ACSEP Co-Director; Assoc Prof Business School; Joint Assoc Prof Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health). The panel comprised Mr Sadeesh Raghavan, Global Advisory Board Member of the Acumen FundMr Amit Jain, President and CEO of HealthPoint Services Global Inc.; and Mr Timothy Ma, Senior Project Consultant (Ex-Executive Director) of the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (SCHSA), Hong Kong. For presentation slides, please click on the names above.

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Faculty Seminar on “Landscape of Philanthropy in China” by Mr Lu Bo, ACSEP Senior Visiting Fellow & Advisory Board Member.

“Landscape of Philanthropy in China”

Major characteristics of philanthropy in China through data and facts were presented. It was followed by a comprehensive introduction of China’s nonprofit sector, including the administrative system, legal frame, tax incentives and other barriers. Conclusions were highlighted from the perspective of a practitioner and researcher.

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ACSEP Philanthropy Speaker Series: Trends and Development of Philanthropy in China and Asia

The event featured a panel comprising of Keynote Speaker, Prof Wang Zhenyao, Dean of China Philanthropy Research Institute, Beijing Normal University; Panel Speakers from NUS: Dr Caroline Brassard, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) & Senior Lecturer, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Dr Joonmo Son, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Dr Zhao Litao, Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute; Moderator: Prof Lam Swee Sum, ACSEP Director & Assoc Prof, NUS Business School. Topics discussed: Evolvement of China philanthropic sector in the past few years, volunteerism, future trends for the China philanthropy sector, as well as the opportunities and challenges for the different stakeholders involved. The panel also evaluated the China experience against those of other Asian countries.

Presentation Slides: For Opening remarks by ACSEP Advisory Board Chairman, Mr Keith Chua, please click here. For Prof Wang’s presentation, please click here. For Dr Son’s presentation, please click here.

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China Foundation Leaders Tour

ACSEP organized an Inaugural 2-day (12 September 2012 – 13 September 2012) study tour for prominent Foundation Leaders from China to study the development and governance of Singapore social sector. Supported by World Future Foundation. For more details, please click here.

UN Women Project Inspire: Meet the Change-makers

30 August 2012

The event brought together a panel of 4 finalists from the UN Women “Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World”: Ms. Rachel Ann Hardy from Cents for Seeds, Ms. Gloria Arlini from Project Light: Darkness/Interrupted, Ms. Chitra Iyenger from E-learning for Change, and Mr. David Nicholas Bacon from Carpets for Communities. It was moderated by Ms. Pu-Reum Lara Yim from UN Women Singapore and Mr. Lee Ming Yong from NUS Entrepreneurship Society. The conversation delved into topics ranging from the team’s motivations, cultural and political challenges faced in the various fields, to dishing out advice to students who needed help in convincing higher familial authorities of the need to attend to social affairs. The event was organized by UN Women Singapore, ACSEP, Grameen Creative Lab@NUS, and NUS Entrepreneurship Society.”

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NUS Greater Good Series & ACSEP Philanthropy Speaker Series – Strategic Philanthropy Dinner Event

A’By Invitation’ dinner event, organised by ACSEP and NUS Development Office. The event featured a panel comprising of Prof Paul Brest (President, Hewlett Foundation), Mr Richard Eu (Group CEO, Eu Yan Sang International Ltd, Singapore) Mr Anant Nadkarni (Vice President, Group Corporate Sustainability, Tata Council for Community Initiatives, India), Dr Agung Waluyo (Director, Universitas Ciputra Entrepreneurship Centre, Ciputra Group, Indonesia); panel discussion on “Money Well Spent: A Conversation about strategic philanthropy in Asia. Representation of grant makers from foundations, corporate, including philanthropy advisors were in attendance. Attendees:82.

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