Asian Philanthropy News Digest 08/19/2010

Philanthropy thriving in newly rich Singapore. Article featuring the growth of millionaires in Singapore that are involved in philanthropy. Donations to charitable organisations grew from 381 million dollars (279 million US) in 2001 to 687 million dollars (504 million US) last year, according to the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). Singapore’s volunteerism rate has been rising over the past decade. It has risen from 9.3 percent in 2000 to 16.9 percent in 2008. This 16.9 percent, or 590,000 people, gave 45 million hours of their time.

Online donations look set to grow. SG Gives was set up in February in Singapore and allows donors to select a particular sector or cause. $561,300 was received by the end of May. Another online portal,, was launched in January with 2,005 donors and 25 charities signing on. Nearly $135,000 has been raised. Online giving has become a cost-effective way to fundraise and donors are beginning to trust online portals.

I’m an accidental philanthropist: Rohini Nilekani. An interview with the chair of Arghyam Foundation and Pratham Books, Rohini Nilekani talks about her approach to philanthropy: You can find out what other philanthropists are saying, but the kind of work I have been doing is not techno-centric. I am not finding the cheapest water filter or application on the mobile phone that can be bought by the poor. That is one small part of the solution. The real work is in the lack of a public infrastructure and in the face of broken government systems. You have to work on those things alongside the state and NGOs. You have to work on building the capacity of people to become part of the solution.

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