About ACSEP

Vision

To advance understanding and the impactful practice of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Asia through research and education.

Mission

To conduct basic and applied research in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy as well as promote education in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy through courses and practical learning experiences.

The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) is a research centre focused on rigorous and multi-disciplinary research on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Asia. Through the support and collaboration with stakeholders, partners and friends, we hope to influence thinking and inspire social innovation that makes for a more vibrant, inclusive and equitable future for all.

ACSEP has a two-pronged approach:

Education: We emphasise and support capacity building through undergraduate and graduate courses, executive education and practical learning experiences. This training aims to develop leaders in social enterprises, corporates, non-profits, as well as philanthropic organisations and individuals in Singapore and Asia. The centre also serves as a forum for experts and organisations to exchange ideas on best practices.

Research: We create knowledge through collaborative research on issues of interest to policymakers, non-profit organisations, for-profit leaders, grant makers, philanthropists and practitioners.

Through these efforts, ACSEP aims to advance the impactful practice of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy as well as provide the sector with cases and research related to Asian examples in this space.

Our research and educational efforts focus on four areas:

  1. Impact Assessment and Social Performance Management
  2. Strategic Philanthropy and Effective Giving
  3. Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  4. 200 Years of Philanthropy in Singapore