Asian Philanthropy News Digest 03/19/2011

* $2M to support women and children in Vietnam. Atlantic Philanthropies, a US private foundation, is providing $2 million grant for improving health for ethnic minority women and children in Vietnam’s provinces of Dien Bien, Dak Lak and Yen Bai. The work will be carried out by the Vietnam Centre for Community Health Research and Development. The project includes training health workers on beahviour changes in care and treatment for mothers and children, and help 1,600 women gain more knowledge on mothering and care skills for children.

Alumnus donates $2m to IIT Kharagpur. Prabhakant Sinha, a cofounder of ZS Associates in Chicago, has donated $2 million to his alma mater for a bioenergy centre of excellence.

* Massive disasters spur Kiwis’ generosity. A good overview of the different ways of giving in New Zealand and some of the favorable tax consequences.  New Zealand has one charity for every 172 people.

* China Charity Federation raises 6 billion yuan ($912m) in 2010. This is an increase of 29.3% from the 4.64 billion yuan collected in 2009. CCF was founded in 1994 with 273 member units in China.

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