Philanthropy in Asia Series

Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No.3
Overview of the Charity Sector in Singapore

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Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No. 2
Philanthropy in Transition: An Exploratory Study of Asian Women and Philanthropy in Singapore, 1900-1945

by Yu-Lin Ooi

Executive Summary: The authors explore the contributions of Asian women to the story of philanthropy in Singapore. Three major themes emerged: the constraints of tradition upon women’s roles, the issues of gender and economic power, and the effect of outside forces upon previously set norms.

Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No. 1
Philanthropy on the Road to Nationhood in Singapore

by Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan

Executive Summary: In this paper, the authors look in the evolution of giving in Singapore from the end of World War II in 1945 to today. To answer the question of how philanthropy has shaped Singapore in its journey to nationhood, the paper describes individual, community and private sector giving during the key phases in Singapore's history.

   

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia Series

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 5
A Case Study: PinoyME Foundation - Scaling up the Philippines Microfinance Sector

By Swee-Sum Lam and Gabriel Henry Jacob

Executive Summary: Microfinance holds the potential to improve the lives of many who are living in poverty. In this case study, the authors looks at the establishment and role of PinoyME Foundation (PMEF) as a growth catalyst for the microfinance sector in Philippines. With a social investment bank model, PMEF offers lending, investing, advising, and promotes market linkage and technology to support microfinance institutions and micro-entrepreneurs. The case discussed the key initiatives by PMEF in scaling up rural MFIs and micro-enterprises. Nonetheless, in its endeavor to grow the microfinance sector in the Philippines, PMEF faces challenges to sustain and grow its mission.

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 4
A Pilot Study on Singapore's Social Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance

by Achsah Ang, Swee-Sum Lam and Weina Zhang

Executive Summary: The authors conducted a pilot survey to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of social enterprises and their performance. In this study, they also evaluated the extent to which these enterprises align with the five defining characteristics distilled from the Community Consultative Circle hosted by ACSEP in July 2014.

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 3
Finding a Common Language for Social Enterprises in Singapore

by Swee-Sum Lam, Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan

Executive Summary:  The authors summarise the discussions held with key stakeholders, including social enterprises, intermediaries, foundations, grant-makers, investors, corporates, policy makers and journalists, on the fundamental characteristics of social enterprises in Singapore today and how they may play a role in the social landscape in the future.

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 2
Case Collection on Philippines (2012)

Edited by Swee-Sum Lam, Leland Dela Cruz, David Jeremiah Seah & Gabriel Henry Jacob

Executive Summary:  The Case Collection on Philippines (2012) contains 10 cases of 12 different social businesses that provide readers with insights regarding social business enterprises and a glimpse of the Philippine social business enterprise sector. The cases encapsulate the diverse characteristics of social enterprises with regards to legal structure, earned-income activities, social and environmental mission, beneficiaries, financing sources, business strategy and social performance measurement.  

Social Entrepreneurship in Asia: Working Paper No. 1
Landscape of Social Enterprises in Singapore

by Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan

Executive Summary:  The authors explore the diverse landscape and eco-system that have developed since the first-known social enterprises appeared in Singapore almost 90 years ago. The study sheds light on the core principles underpinning a social enterprise and presents the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in Singapore.

   

Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia Series

Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia: Working Paper No. 4
Asia's Impact Angels: How Business Angel Investing can Support Social Enterprise in Asia

By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP.

Executive Summary: Business Angels invest their money and time into the early stage businesses. We report here 13 impact angel investment initiatives in Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Taiwan. We suggest that angel investing offers a useful model for the financing of start-up and early stage social enterprises in Asia.

Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia: Working Paper No. 3
Virtuous Circles: New Expressions of Collective Philanthropy in Asia

by Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP.

Executive Summary: A giving circle is an act of collective philanthropy where donors pool their financial capital to support a non-profit organisation. Our study reviews 35 giving circles in 8 Asian countries, which are either indigenous or affiliated to networks outside the region. The study analyses the sample by promotion, structure, operations and impact.

Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia: Working Paper No. 2
Innovation in Asian Philanthropy

by Dr Rob John, ACSEP Visiting Senior Fellow and Ms Pauline Tan, ACSEP Research Associate, with Mr Ken Ito, Project Research Associate at Keio University, Tokyo.

Executive Summary: This paper views the development of philanthropy in Asia through the lens of innovation in three areas: entrepreneurial philanthropy, strategic philanthropy and the philanthropy ecosystem. The study draws on 26 interviewed case studies from 10 Asian countries that illustrate the diversity of innovative approaches being explored by philanthropists and impact investors.

Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia: Working Paper No. 1
The Emerging Ecosystem of Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia

by Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP.

Executive Summary: The first in a new series of working papers introduces the term 'Entrepreneurial Social Finance' to describe a growing number of financing models that provide capital and non-financial support to social entrepreneurs in Asia. These models include venture philanthropy and impact investing.