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 Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

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Angels, super angels and impact angels (ACSEP @lliance/The Conference Board)
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 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.


Innovating Times for Asian Philanthropy (Philanthropy Impact Magazine)
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.

Venturing into Entrepreneurial Philanthropy (Book – The World that Changes the World)
(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


Virtuous circles: the growth of collective philanthropy in Asia (@lliance magazine)
3 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 (The Conference Board)
4 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


How to smash the glass ceiling (Prestige Singapore)
26 Sep 2013
In a feature on individuals aged under 40 who have made a difference, Ms Ng Shin Ein (Adjunct Research Fellow, ACSEP) was highlighted as someone who has breached the glass ceiling that women often face.


The circle of giving in SALT Online (Speech - National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) )
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? (@lliance magazine)
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

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 (Speech at Philanthropy in Asia 2012 dinner)
11 September 2012

Speech by Mr Keith Chua, ACSEP Advisory Board Chairman

Alumna honours father's giving spirit through scholarship (NUS Giving)
5 July 2012


New Scholarship for MBA students: Lam See Chiew Memorial Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy set up by Professor Lam Swee Sum, ACSEP Director

Charity Begins at Home (Humaneity Magazinepp. 22-23)
June 2012

How can parents inculcate the act of giving in their children and ensure that it continues for years to come? By Dr Dennis W Cheek
by Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, ACSEP


Producing Asia's leaders in the NGO sector (Interview with: Professor Bernard Yeung)
February 2012

"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


The Last Word. New Wealth in Asia – Cause for rejoicing? (Humaneity Magazinepp. 64-65)
February 2012

There is a growing number of philanthropists in the Asia region, however, the poor are still poor and more needs to be done.Dr Dennis W Cheek


A Landscape Study on Donations in Singapore (SALT online – published by NVPC)
31 January 2012

NUS' study found that individual giving is much more resilient than corporate giving. Reports by ACSEP Director, Professor Lam Swee Sum and ACSEP Research Associate, Mr Gabriel Henry Jacob.


Singapore - A Philanthropy Hub? Corporate Mindset is KEY (Interview with : Ms Ng Shin Ein)
December 2011

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


Singapore's role in Asia's development (Interview with: Professor Lam Swee Sum)
November 2011

"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 Professor Lam Swee Sum, Director, ACSEP Associate Professor, Finance, NUS Business School


Helping Young People Find their Social Entrepreneurship DNA (Interview with:Mr Kevin Teo)
November 2011

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.


The Motivations Behind Philanthropy (Humaneity Magazine)
May 2011

The National University of Singapore Business School did a study last year on philanthropy and what motivated people to give, and the answer lies in socialization, religion and social integration. By Swee-Sum Lam & Gabriel Henry Jacob


Interview with Caroline Seow at FBNPA
9 February, 2011

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.