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 Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Contributions by ACSEP Team, Partners and Stakeholders

Call for more regulation of social enterprises (Straits Times)
22 July 2014
Discussions on the differences between a regular business and a social enterprise dominated an intense closed-door consultation organised by ACSEP. The session was part of the centre's ongoing public consultation on social enterprises. Feedback will be compiled in a working paper, which will be submitted to policymakers and made available to the community.


Just what exactly is a social enterprise? More clarity needed, NUS researchers say
23 June 2014
ACSEP has launched the 'Singapore Conversation on Social Enterprises' to gather feedback on social enterprises in Singapore, with the goal of submitting a White Paper to government agencies to guide policy making for the sector. The public consultation was launched in conjunction with the release of the report, 'Landscape of Social Enterprises in Singapore'. Article features comments from Ms Roshini Prakash (Research Associate, ACSEP).


Angels, super angels and impact angels
(Also available at The Conference Board website)
June 2014
When America sneezes, Europe catches a cold, it was said of the 1929 Wall Street crash. In philanthropy, the US usually leads, Europe follows, and the rest of the world eventually catches up. In the case of giving circles, it looks like Asia may be catchingthe cold before Europe. Collective giving, well established in the US, is a growing phenomenon in Asia, from India to New Zealand,Singapore to Beijing, while we identified only a handful of giving circles in Europe.

Innovating Times for Asian Philanthropy
Spring 2014
Wealth is being created across Asia Pacific with unprecedented speed. There are now more high net worth individuals in Asia than in either North America or Europe. Economic development is creating huge middle classes in emerging economies like India, Indonesia, and Thailand. But half of Asia's 1.63bn people live on less than US$2 a day. Rapid development burdens the environment and widens the gap between rich and poor. While Asia has many historical and cultural practices of giving,new, innovative expressions of philanthropy must rise to the social and environmental challenges in the region.
By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP.


Innovation in Asian Philanthropy (BFM 89.9)
17 June 2014
The number of high net worth individuals in Asia has risen to 3.37 million, overtaking the number of wealthy in either North America or Europe.
Dr Rob John (Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP) discusses how philanthropy in Asia might develop in the coming decade.


Venture Philanthropy
VENTURING INTO ENTREPRENEURIAL PHILANTHROPY
(Chapter 9)
From its springboard in Silicon Valley a decade ago, venture philanthropy has grown into a global movement.
By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP


Articles: Virtuous circles: the growth of collective philanthropy in Asia
03 March 2014

When America sneezes, Europe catches a cold, it was said of the 1929 Wall Street crash. In philanthropy, the US usually leads, Europe follows, and the rest of the world eventually catches up. In the case of giving circles, it looks like Asia may be catching the cold before Europe. Collective giving, well established in the US, is a growing phenomenon in Asia, from India to New Zealand, Singapore to Beijing, while we identified only a handful of giving circles in Europe.
By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP


Virtuous circles: collective giving in Asia
04 February 2014

Philanthropy in Asia is developing rapidly to serve the region's growing number of social entrepreneurs and high-potential nonprofits. Giving circles are one innovation in Asia that holds potential for companies and their employees. 
By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP

The circle of giving in SALT Online
27 March 2013


Giving circles are not new in Singapore or in Asia and they are starting to grow as more like-minded people come together to pool their resources to help communities.

By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP

Markets are emerging: what about philanthropy?: Innovation or imitation? Does it matter? 
1 March 2013

It matters how philanthropy in Asia will develop in the coming decade. Despite economic progress having lifted millions out of poverty in the last 20 years, half of Asia's 1.63 billion people live on incomes of less than $2 a day. Personal wealth is being created in Asia Pacific at unprecedented levels – the number of high net worth individuals grew by 1.6 per cent in 2011 to 3.37 million, overtaking the number of wealthy in either North America or Europe – but wealth alone is no guarantee that the region's philanthropy is risk-taking and transformative.
by Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP

Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
Professor Lam Swee Sum, Director, ACSEP
Associate Professor, Finance, NUS Business School

Presentation at Philanthropy in Asia Summit 2012 'Ground-Up Understanding: To Build, To Learn, To Live' Panel Session. 

Philanthropy in Singapore - early initiatives and its influence on current and future trends
11 September 2012

Speech by Mr Keith Chua, ACSEP Advisory Board Chairman, at Philanthropy in Asia 2012 dinner - 10th September 2012, hosted by Mr Chua.


Producing Asia's leaders in the NGO sector 

"Social entrepreneurship and philanthropy are so vital to inclusive growth that the school decided they should become peaks of excellence at NUS Business School: this was why the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) was founded." 

Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School


Singapore's role in Asia's development
Professor Lam Swee Sum, Director, ACSEP
Associate Professor, Finance, NUS Business School

"Social entrepreneurship and philanthropy are so vital to inclusive growth that the school decided they should become peaks of excellence at NUS Business School: this was why the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) was founded." Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business SchoolProfessor Lam Swee Sum, Director, ACSEP Associate Professor, Finance, NUS Business School

Helping Young People Find their Social Entrepreneurship DNA

Mr Kevin Teo, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, ACSEP
Chief Operating Officer, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Singapore - A Philanthropy Hub? Corporate Mindset is KEY
What happens when a successful private equity entrepreneur takes a year off to learn about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship? She wants to change the world through effective giving. 


Ms Ng Shin Ein, Adjunct Research Fellow, ACSEP; Managing Partner, Gryphus Capital; Director, NTUC Fairprice Cooperative.

Interview with Caroline Seow at FBNPA

Ms Caroline Seow, Executive Director of Family Business Network Pacific Asia Ltd (FBNPA) shares her passion in helping family businesses and communities over generations, and the importance of providing support to everyone in the family.

"Social Impact Measurement,"  NUS Social Business Boot Camp, 21 February, by Professor Dennis Cheek.


"Recent Developments in Asian Philanthropy," Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Erasmus University, Netherlands, 16 February, by Professor Dennis Cheek.


"The Last Word. New Wealth in Asia – Cause for Rejoicing?", Humaneity Magazine, February, 2012, pp. 64-65by Professor Dennis Cheek.


ACSEP's Presentation at NVPC Foundation Round Table, 10th November 2011

Landscape Study on Donations and Grant Making Entities in Singapore by Professor Lam Swee Sum and Mr Gabriel Henry Jacob

Motivations Behind Philanthropy in Humaneity Magazine
by Professor Lam Swee Sum and Mr Gabriel Henry Jacob.