Asian Philanthropy News Digest 12/19/2011

Meet the Ten Biggest Do-Gooders in the Middle Kingdom. China’s billionaire philanthropist list. A very interesting list with background, including dollar amounts and causes. Many of the donors are publicly supporting education and disaster relief efforts.

A Chinese boomtown test drives the concept of charity (Globe and Mail, Canada). Shenzhen was China’s testing grounds for new markets, now it is known as a haven for NGOs. Many are registering there and the city is becoming an experimental hub to support the growth of civil society.

Google Awards $40 Million to Boost STEM and Girls’ Education, Fight Slavery. With this round of funding, Google.org has made $115 million in 2011 to nonprofits and academic insitutions around the world. Afghan Institute of Learning and Action Aid India are several of the groups included in this round.