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30 September 2017

Asia’s embrace of social enterprises: governments lean in

Philanthropy Impact Magazine, Autumn 2017
Asia is awash with enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship, and Asian governments are demonstrating their faith in it not only with ancillary services but with cold, hard cash.
Articles
10 September 2017

Hong Kong’s spirit of charitable giving is strengthened by its history, laws and belief in education.

South China Morning Post
Hong Kong outperforms larger markets in its donations, thanks to vivid memories of past poverty, belief in the life-changing power of education, and faith in the rule of law that many other Asian economies lack, writes Dr Ruth Shapiro in the South China Morning Post.
Reports
1 July 2017

The Business of Green

Society of Ecology & Entrepreneurs (SEE): Creating the conditions for environmental philanthropy to thrive
A community of like-minded business leaders joined forces to fight deforestation and drive forward China’s environmental movement.
Articles
6 July 2016

Asian companies develop new forms of philanthropy

Nikkei Asian Review
Dr Ruth Shapiro explores how Asian companies are seeing community engagement as not only in their own interest but also as an important part of their role in society.
Reports
1 June 2016

Evolution and Revolution

Telapak: Seeking Natural Resource Justice for Communities
From investigative journalism to sustainable logging — and now advising the world’s largest companies on community engagement — Telapak has been unwavering in its mission for an environmentally conscious Indonesia.
Reports
1 June 2016

Landwasher: Guardian of the Blue Earth

Leveraging business solutions for environmental impact in China
Recognizing the severity of the environmental challenges facing China, investor-turned-entrepreneur Hao Wu set up an environmental enterprise for waterless toilet solutions to directly address issues of water scarcity, sanitation and hygiene.
Reports
1 June 2016

Frugal Innovation

BAIF Development Research Foundation: Transforming Lives in Rural India
Through 50 years of innovation in agricultural technology, BAIF has helped millions of Indian farmers to upgrade their animal husbandry practices, cultivate productive homestead orchards, and better manage natural resources.
Reports
1 June 2016

Love for the Least, the Last, and the Lost

Caritas Manila: Shaping, Serving, and Empowering the Poor
For more than 60 years, the social services and development ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila has helped the less fortunate to find self-reliance and dignity. In doing so, it has cultivated its next generation of leaders and donors.
Reports
1 June 2016

Online and Offline

Academy of Sharing: Using Social Media to Build a Social Movement
Users of Twitter and other social media platforms connect with each other to build an Indonesian foundation committed to sharing, learning, and bridging gaps between the classroom and the professional world.
Reports
1 June 2016

Driving Value

Taiwan Taxi Academy Association: Flipping Perceptions of the Taxi Industry
Under the aegis of a public-private partnership model, a non-profit taxi association was formed to improve the livelihoods of low-income taxi drivers, while bolstering the local economy.
Reports
1 June 2016

Changing Lives with the Gift of Water

Lien AID: Enabling the Rural Poor to Protect Their Health
By helping villagers in rural communities become owners and operators of their own water facilities, Lien AID through its clean water and sanitation programmes has improved the health and well-being of thousands of rural poor in Cambodia and elsewhere in Asia.
Reports
1 June 2016

Protecting and Saving Marine Life

Coral Triangle Center: Leading the Fight against Destruction and Extinction
A small but influential local NGO based in Indonesia is helping nations across the Indo-Pacific Ocean implement programs to promote the sustainable use and aquatic wonder of their coastlines.
Reports
1 June 2016

Trading Up

BN Vocational School: Giving China’s marginalized youth a shot at success
By providing free-of-charge vocational education to the disenfranchised children of migrant workers and ethnic minorities, BN Vocational School (BNVS) has helped to improve their career prospects and meet the growing need for well-trained and confident workers in China’s burgeoning services sector.
Tags: Education, China
Reports
1 June 2016

Turning New Leaves

TreePlanet: Changing attitudes toward forestation in South Korea
Tech-savvy social enterprise TreePlanet leverages growing environmental awareness, current cultural obsessions, and high internet productivity to develop profitable products and services that are designed to get consumers engaged with environmental causes.
Reports
1 June 2016

Helping Mothers and Children

Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action: Nourishing India
A walk by a caring pediatrician through one of the world’s largest slums inspired the founding of a Mumbai NGO that became a model for how to help poor mothers and families learn about nutrition and protect the health of their children.
Tags: Health, India
Reports
1 June 2016

Building Collective Impact

New Homeland Foundation: Empowering a DisasterStruck Community in Rural Taiwan
With the help of the New Homeland Foundation (NHF), the poor mountain village of Taomi emerged from the tatters of a catastrophic earthquake as a premium eco-village and tourism hotspot.
Reports
1 June 2016

A Virtuous Economy

Hong Chi Association: Creating Green Opportunities for Hong Kong’s Disabled Workers
Through a unique tri-partite collaboration, Hong Chi Association has kick-started a glass bottle recycling project that has provided disabled workers with valuable life skills while changing public attitudes to the environment.
Reports
1 June 2016

Water for Life

Dilasa Sanstha: Securing the livelihoods of poor farmers in India
By adapting indigenous irrigation techniques and empowering farming communities to generate alternative income streams, Dilasa Sanstha has changed the lives of impoverished rural farmers in Maharashtra State. Its partnership with the Axis Bank Foundation has allowed it to scale its rural interventio
Reports
1 June 2016

Pathways to Education

Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education: Leading the Way
In piloting an education model that is sensitive to the experiences of young indigenous peoples in the Philippines, Pamulaan has shown the way for government to scale up.
Reports
1 June 2016

Homegrown, World-class

Council on Energy, Environment and Water: Building an Independent Policy Think Tank for India
The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) was formed to provide independent domestic research to Indian policy makers for creating a sustainable India.
Reports
1 June 2016

No Shadow, No Worry

WWWSE: Helping a Nation Rethink its Approach to Education
A fervor for education paid big post-war dividends for the Republic of Korea, but also spawned a private market that undermines public education and gave rise to the World Without Worries about Shadow Education (WWWSE) campaign to increase knowledge and decrease anxiety among students.
Tags: Education, Korea
Reports
1 June 2016

Sustainability Through Innovation

Eden Social Welfare Foundation: Developing an Eden on Earth
Eden supports disabled persons in Taiwan by providing services and advocating for their rights. Through skills training and the development of its social enterprise arm, it is now enabling them to realize their potential in the workplace.
Reports
1 June 2016

Changing the Game

Magic Bus: Giving Young People a Sporting Chance in Life
With thousands of volunteer mentors across India and a unique organizational model designed to help maximize its impact, Magic Bus uses sports and other activities to help children and teenagers live, learn and grow well.

Tags: Education, India
Reports
1 June 2016

Spotlight on Squash

SRAM: Growing a Game
From humble beginnings, the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) popularized a little known club-based sport played by a few enthusiasts and put a nation on the world sporting map with a series of international champions.
Reports
1 June 2016

Response and Recovery

MERCY Malaysia: Healing the Wounds of Disaster and Conflict
With emergency relief and long-term intervention, a humanitarian aid organization helps treat the physical and emotional wounds of people and nations across the Global South.
Tags: Health, Malaysia
Reports
1 December 2015

Social Enterprise in the Countryside

CARD MRI: Empowering the Poor in the Philippines
The case of CARD MRI tells how a non-government organization providing microfinance services grew over three decades to develop a social enterprise model that enables landless rural poor women to become managers, owners, investors and guardians of their families’ futures.
Reports
1 December 2015

Haven of Hope: Helping the Elderly, Sick and Handicapped of Hong Kong

Care for the Body and of the Spirit
The case of Haven of Hope Christian Services tells how a faith-based organization can stay true to its founding mission and values while responding to the tremendous growth of the community it serves.
Tags: Health, Hong Kong
Reports
1 December 2015

Back in Sight, Back in Mind

HANDA Rehabilitation & Welfare Association: Healing Wounds for the Traumatized and Stigmatized
In partnership with people taken from their families and confined to remote camps before a cure was found for a destructive disease, HANDA helps the leprosy-afflicted find comfort and dignity while contending with the emotional and physical consequences of lives lived in isolation.
Tags: Health, China
Reports
1 December 2015

Curing Blindness and Building Trust

Lifeline Express: Transforming Eye Care and NGOs in China
The case of Nellie Fong and Lifeline Express illustrates how one person can bring about meaningful change by building partnerships with government in China and by recognizing the need to grow and evolve as circumstances and opportunities arise.
Reports
1 December 2015

Improving Choices and Outcomes

Saving Newborns in China’s Countryside
By focusing on a single mission, CMF shows how an organization can form partnerships with government and hospitals to help train doctors and nurses to improve care for babies in China who are in danger of dying from treatable and curable diseases during the first weeks of their lives.
Reports
1 December 2015

The Silver Lining

Sawayaka Well-being Foundation: Volunteers for Elderly Care in Japan
Established by a prominent public prosecutor, Sawayaka Well-being Foundation has fostered the development of more than 2,000 community volunteer organizations to support Japan’s elderly to lead independent lives.
Tags: Health, Japan
Reports
1 December 2015

Bright Young Sparks

Songkhla Forum: Empowering Thailand’s Youth for the 21st Century
An innovative model developed in collaboration with the Siam Commercial Bank Foundation allows young people in Songkhla Province to design and implement community development projects to develop life skills and a sense of civic-mindedness.
Reports
1 December 2015

A Nursery for the Urban Poor

Foundation for Slum Child Care: Providing Childcare Services in Bangkok’s Slums
With the patronage of a royal princess, two women from different sides of the railway track came together to establish a daycare center in one of Thailand’s most notorious slums to change the lives of poor urban families.
Multimedia
4 April 2015

Dr Ruth Shapiro at the Growth Net 3.0 Annual Meet 2015

Dr Shapiro of CAPS shares her views with Govindraj Ethiraj of Boom Live at the Ananta Centre's Growth Net 3.0 Annual Meet 2015
Govindraj Ethiraj, Boom Live, in conversation with Ruth Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, Hong Kong. Dr Shapiro talks about social entrepreneurs and the need for implementation of business strategies.