* Robert R. Calingo was named Interim Chief Executive of the Asian Pacific Philanthropy Consortium. Bobby was previously the Executive Director of TeamEnergy Foundation Philippines and served on APPC’s board since 2005. Bobby will lead APPC while the organization determines their direction.
* The Arts and Culture Development Office of the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts in Singapore has set up a new portal, give2arts.sg, to promote cultural philanthropy and by enabling on-line donations and volunteerism. There are 78 arts and cultural organizations listed so far.
* Duan Yongping and his wife, Liu Xin raised $30 million for their alma mater, Renmin University of China. The billionaire created his empire in electronic appliances. In 2006, Duan donated $37 million to China’s Zhejiang University, where he studied and in 2008, he contributed $3 million to the Sichuan earthquake for disaster relief. In 2006, Duan won the online auction run by eBay Inc for a chance to dine with Warren Buffett with the winning bid of $620,100.
* The English version of Charitarian is now available. The Chinese language edition has been around for three years in China, cultivating a circulation of over one million. The magazine aims to encourage Chinese enterprises to act responsibly as they globalize and to help foreign companies improve their social responsibility programs in China.