Asian Philanthropy News Digest 10/09/09

Blue Book for Philanthropy in China.  China CSR has an article about the Blue Book For Philanthropy that was recently released.  The Blue Book contains listings of all major charity events and regulations in China from 1981 to 2008. Several highlights: (1) Chinese organizations have received CNY107 billion in 2008; (2) Government is still the driving force for non-government donations; (3) donations are shifting from in-kind and in-cash to service-related donations; and (4) China needs to create more legislation in order to develop the philanthropic sector.  By the end of 2008, 414,000 registered social entities and NGOs in China existed.  Of these, 1,597 were public and non-public collecting foundations.

Promoting Diaspora Giving Worldwide.  My friend, Dale Asis is the new Executive Director of Global Coalition for Humanitarian Efforts- Philippines.  The Coalition includes 48 individual donors and organizations that give to the Philippines.  Dale just started a blog called Global Grassroots Giving and will be “writing about 99 personal stories of the growing philanthropy of diaspora donors in the US and around the world to their homeland countries and how they are making a difference.”  He will include the success stories, the ones that went awry and those that give in their new adopted country and in their native homeland.

Narayana N.R. Murthy named to Ford Foundation board.  I am not sure how I missed this big news in May.  Narayana N.R. Murthy, Chairman of the board and chief mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited joined the board of the Ford Foundation.  Ford Foundation trustees are elected by the full board and serve six-year terms.  Trustees set policies relating to grant making, geographic focus, spending, investment, management, governance and professional standards, and they oversee internal and independent audits.  Ford Foundation has distributed more than $15.6 billion worldwide and in fiscal year 2008, assets valued at $11 billion.  Each year, some 40,000 proposals are received and 2,000 grants are made.

Photo courtesy of chrisjfry.