Let’s Talk About Giving Circles in Asia

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There’s another exciting discussion on philanthropy coming up in Singapore next month, and this time the focus will be on giving circles.

As we mentioned in a previous post, giving circles have been around in Asia for centuries, but most research on giving circles has been limited to U.S.-based communities — until now. On Friday, May 16, the Asian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at National University of Singapore (NUS) will host “Virtuous Circles: New Expressions of Collective Philanthropy in Asia.” Dr. Rob John (Visiting Senior Fellow at NUS) will lead a panel discussion on the discoveries of a new study that looked at 35 giving circles across 8 Asian countries.

According to the event description, “the annual donations made by giving circle members varied from US$180 to US$20,000, and several circles encourage their members to volunteer their skills to the non-profits being supported. As well as a tool to support charities with money and skills, giving circles play a role in educating donors about social problems in their communities and what charities are doing to address them.”

After Dr. John’s presentation of the findings, giving circle members from India and Singapore will join to share their own insights.

Admission to the discussion is by registration only, so please register in advance.

What: “Virtuous Circles: New Expressions of Collective Philanthropy in Asia” — a panel discussion on Asian giving circles

 

Who: Dr. Rob John (Visiting Senior Fellow at NUS), giving circle members from India and Singapore

 

When: Friday, May 16, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Refreshments will be served from 3:00 p.m.)

 

Where: NUS, University Hall Auditorium, Level 2
Lee Kong Chian Wing
21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119077

 

How: Register and see the event page here.

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