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200 Years of Philanthropy in Singapore
This project aims to trace the story of giving in Singapore from its founding in 1819 until the present. Through various exploratory papers, ACSEP hopes to offer a first overview of how philanthropy has unfolded over the past 200 years.
Our on-going series of studies document giving by ordinary and wealthy people, individuals, families, the grassroots community, women, and corporate entities, among others. The influence of Asia’s traditions, ethnicities, nations, wars, progress and the new millennium in shaping the landscape of philanthropy are also part of our research focus.
Through our research, we hope to contribute new, previously undocumented knowledge in Singapore’s heritage that shows how philanthropy and voluntary action is a central part of Singapore’s history.
Between 2018 and 2020, we are planning the several initiatives, including:
- Research papers offering historical and anthropological studies on giving in Singapore’s history
- Online database/encyclopedia that provides the public with access to the profiles of many historic philanthropists
- Targeted events during the 2019 bicentennial
commemoration to, creating awareness about of the importance of philanthropists in Singapore’s history
31 October 2018
10 October 2016
16 December 2015
Roshini Prakash and Pauline Tan