A Guide to Social Enterprises in Asia

Social enterprises are a growing phenomenon in Asia. This guide will help you understand what they are, how they function, and how they contribute to social and environmental change in Asia.

One Year after Japan: Mobilizing Giving

Andy Ho shares a presentation as part of an Environmental Grantmakers Association webinar on charitable giving to Japan following the disaster there. Strong people-to-people ties at the grassroots level clearly played an important role in mobilizing Americans to give.

Give2Asia CEO Reports on Japan Trip

Barnett F. Baron, CEO of Give2Asia, traveled to Japan in June. The following is re-posted from Give2Asia’s blog. For 10 days in mid-June, Barnett Baron and Gillian Yeoh, visited Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Tohoku, the northeastern area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. They report on what they learned and the next steps for philanthropy.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Response

Many organizations are working on Japan’s disaster relief efforts by creating vehicles to collect funds to benefit survivors. Immediate relief efforts are important and necessary and the American Red Cross is doing the bulk of this work. In all disasters, I find that medium and long-term support is critical and usually missing from the conversation.

U.S. Philanthropy Transforms Developing Countries

The 2010 Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances was released by the Hudson Institute earlier this month. The Index shows that U.S. philanthropy in 2008 to developing countries held steady at $37.3 billion, compared to $36.9 billion in 2007.

Community Foundations in Asia

Community foundations are well known in the U.S. for raising charitable funds from the community and distributing the money back to the area’s non-profit organizations. In the U.S., we have approximately 780 community foundations. Globally, there are 1,441 community foundations in 51 countries. In Asia, community foundations exist in India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.