What do nonprofits think of CSR?

Anushree Parekh, Priyaka Dhingra & Ragini Menon (India Development Review)

This article highlights the trends and challenges that Indian nonprofits face in accessing corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds. Nonprofits have been the most popular vehicle through which the private sector has undertaken CSR initiatives—43% of all CSR funds in the last four years have been dispensed through these organizations.

The article draws on findings from a national-level study of 320 nonprofits. It spotlights the discrepancy in funds raised by smaller vs larger nonprofits, and the reasons why: geography impacts CSR allocation, certain sectors are ineligible for CSR funding, and there is an uneven access to information about available CSR funding. The need for longer term commitment from corporates and employee engagement is discussed. Recommendations for how the CSR ecosystem can be strengthened are also provided. Read it here.

Social Innovation and Social Transition in East Asia

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) & Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

This collection of articles examines the varying ways in which social innovation has evolved in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. The authors delve into the impact that each country’s history, culture, and political and economic systems have had on social innovation. Read it here.

Philanthropy and Islam

Mohamed Amersi & Ayatollah Fazel Milani (Philanthropy Impact Magazine)

This article analyzes the significance of charity in Islam. While philanthropy is embedded in most religions, it is one of the central tenants in Islam, instructing followers to connect with each other and the community at large. This article examines the two kinds of philanthropy practiced in Islam: obligatory (zakat and fitrana) and voluntary (sadaqa and waqf). Read it here.

Aid barriers and the rise of philanthropic protectionism

Douglas Rutzen (International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law)

This article discusses the restrictions imposed by many countries on civil society organizations that impede them from receiving foreign funding. These organizations are coming under increasing scrutiny as governments grow wary of foreign influence and increasingly perceive it as a threat to political stability. It explores the rationale for increased restrictions on foreign funding in this context and draws from several examples from Asia including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Read it here.

Building a Partnership for Social Service Delivery in Indonesia: State and Faith‑based Organisations

Minako Sakai (The Australian Journal of Social Issues)

This paper explores the relationship between Indonesia’s government and religious and faith-based organizations (FBOs). FBOs are booming in contemporary Indonesia and have strong community support. However, the paper shows that the Indonesian government is keen to remain the key provider of social services and often perceives the services of FBOs as a threat. It examines the challenges these organizations face, including the regulation of funding sources and impediments to effective FBO partnerships. Read it here.

Corporate Responsibility in the Age of the SDGs: Role of the Keidanren Charter in the Evolution of CSR in Japan

The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

This article provides an overview of the evolution of the Keidanren Charter of Corporate Behavior and how it has helped promote good citizenship among the Japanese business community. It discusses Japan’s development of CSR which has largely been led by businesses and the role of Japan’s best known and most influential industry group, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). Read it here.

Dangers to Going It Alone: Social Capital and the Origins of Community Resilience in the Philippines

Greg Bankoff (Continuity and Change, Cambridge University Press)

This paper explores the evolution of mutual benefit associations and networks in the Philippines. It draws a comparison between the factors contributing to the decline of civil society in the United States and the same forces at work in the Philippines which led to the opposite outcome. It suggests that these associations and networks proliferate quickest in geographic regions most exposed to personal misfortune and community danger i.e. where the need is highest. Read it here.

Jia Xijin: an Analysis of China’s Online Fundraising During COVID-19

Jia Xijin (China Development Brief)

This article analyzes the rise in online fundraising initiatives in China to combat COVID-19. It examines trends in online fundraising, the organizations involved and what categories (medical treatment, disease control and prevention, etc.) funding is channeled towards. The advantages of online fundraising and areas for improvement are discussed.

This article draws from data collected by the China Association of Fundraising Professionals (CAPF) from fundraising platforms during two time periods: before February 17, and between February 17 and March 2, 2020. Read it here: English, Simplified Chinese.

China’s Philanthropy Boom

Dmitriy Frolovskiy (The Diplomat)

This article is an overview of China’s changing philanthropic landscape. It analyzes the government’s role in boosting charities by removing restrictions and easing registration procedures. As philanthropy becomes a growing trend among China’s wealthy, capital is channeled to causes ranging from conservation and climate change to early childhood education. It also explores the changing attitude of citizens towards charities. The article is a useful resource to better understand this growing interest in philanthropy among China’s citizenry. Read it here.

The past, present and future of Chinese Philanthropy

International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

This article explores the history of giving in China. It looks at how rapid economic growth and the accumulation of wealth has contributed to a rise in philanthropy. It also explores emerging trends around giving in the social sector. Read it here.