Leaders & Organizations

China Development Brief in English (November)

The China Development Brief is a Chinese-language online and print publication that has more than 47,000 subscribers to its online newsletter and 5,000 to its print issues. Until recently, the articles have only been in Chinese. Under the leadership of Shawn Shieh, there is now an English version of the CDB.

New Indian Donor Association

In June, the Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Samhita organized the Philanthropy Leadership Confluence in Mumbai to explore setting up a network or association of donors. The meeting included grantmakers, private wealth individuals and philanthropy support organizations.

Give2Asia CEO Reports on Japan Trip

Barnett F. Baron, CEO of Give2Asia, traveled to Japan in June. The following is re-posted from Give2Asia’s blog. For 10 days in mid-June, Barnett Baron and Gillian Yeoh, visited Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Tohoku, the northeastern area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. They report on what they learned and the next steps for philanthropy.

Enabling Indian Diaspora Philanthropy

Give2Asia released a new report that looks at the challenges and trends of diaspora donors giving to India. Over $2.3 billion was received by some 12,400 non- governmental organizations in India from overseas sources in 2008-09, an increase of nearly 12% over the previous year. Of this, nearly $740 million came from the United States alone, making it the single largest contributor.

Ripple Effects of the Mortenson Issue

Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling book, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time” has been accused by Jon Krakauer on the CBS 60 Minutes show that the story, “while beautiful, is a lie.”

CSR Degree in Asia Now Available

CSR Asia, in partnership with the School of Management of the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, is launching a new executive-style, professional Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Gates & Buffett Shine Spotlight on Indian Philanthropy

The Giving Pledge has generated much enthusiasm in the philanthropic field. In August 2010, forty families pledged to return a majority of their wealth to charitable causes. In March, the spotlight is on Asia as Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett travel to India to meet with some of India’s leading business leaders and philanthropists.