Philanthropic Foundations in Asia: Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and China

By Pauline Tan and Swee-Sum Lam

A report by the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy commissioned by the Agence Française de Développement

This study looks at an emerging trend in which wealthy families, individuals, and corporations in Asia set up foundations to institutionalise their giving. Drawing insights from interviews of foundations in Singapore, China and Myanmar, it details the motivations behind the giving and the characteristics of the foundations, the various challenges and opportunities faced by the nascent philanthropic sector in Asia that can address some of the developmental and structural gaps left by the public, private, and people sectors.

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Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

By Pauline Tan and Swee-Sum Lam

A report by the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy commissioned by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

This paper reviews the current state of impact investments by foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong. It further looks at the trends and challenges; and presents a list of recommendations that can enable the impact investment sector to take off.

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Public Perception Study on Social Enterprises in Singapore

By Lam Swee-Sum and Weina Zhang

A report by the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy commissioned by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprises

This study aims to assess the public perception on social enterprises in Singapore in 2016, following the last survey was conducted about six years ago in 2010. From the answers of 1,888 respondents, we have four main findings on the public awareness of the concept of “social enterprise”, the level of buying from social enterprises and the positive link between the two, as well as the recommendations for these social enterprises to improve the intrinsic value of their products and services.

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