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Philanthropic giving behaviors and attitudes in South Korea

November 30, 2020

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has been conducting the Global Philanthropy Tracker study every two years to measure the flow of charitable giving across countries. The Beautiful Foundation became a partner in the project in 2019 to provide information on Korea's cross-border giving.This report was written jointly by The Center on Philanthropy at The Beautiful Foundation and Dr. Sung-Ju Kim, assistant professor of social work at North Carolina State University.For the full report of the 2020 Global Philanthropy Tracker, please go to https://globalindices.iupui.edu/tracker/index.html* The data for this report were provided by Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) and GuideStar Korea.ContentThe philanthropic giving environment in South KoreaInformation on philanthropic giving in South Korea, including the amounts, sources, and uses of domestic philanthropic contributionsNew forms of philanthropyFuture trends in the philanthropic landscapeKey recommendations to improve the environment for philanthropy

Asia-Pacific; Cultures of Giving

Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No.4 The Emergence of Chinese Women Philanthropists in Singapore, 1900-1945: The Sisterhoods of the "Sor Hei"

October 1, 2018

In the late 19th century, an extraordinary cohort of unmarried women left their native Chinese shores in groups called sisterhoods, to boldly carve out a life for themselves in distant lands. They did this to earn their own money and be mistresses of their own fates.Many of these brave women were determined not to be forced into marriage and while remaining celibate became Sor Hei, meaning "those who bun up their hair" (the hallmark of married women). In sworn sisterhoods, the Sor Hei found work in the British colonies of Singapore and Hong Kong and became icons in Singapore social history as Samsui por (construction workers) and Amahs (domestic helpers).This paper briefly examines how these humble women broke new economic and social ground for Chinese women. It explains why they left Canton to live in the British colonies, and how they survived in these alien lands. It also examines the social constructs and networks that they evolved for their own community, as single women living within larger overseas Chinese migrant groups. We also trace how their financial independence enabled them to become among the first Chinese women diaspora philanthropists.

Asia-Pacific; Gender and Philanthropy

Philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Mosaic of Giving to Bangladesh and the Philippines

July 19, 2017

Within the context of our Diaspora Program CAF America has partnered with USAID and Chevron for the first focus-country, namely Bangladesh. 

Asia-Pacific; Cultures of Giving

Impact Investing: Trends and Outlook in Asia

May 1, 2013

Interest in impact investments is growing worldwide, with Asia in particular holding great promise for innovation. But who are impact investors and what causes do they support? Which organizations are working in this sector?

Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Philanthropy and Law in Asia: A Comparative Study of the Non-profit Legal Systems in Ten Asia Pacific Societies

January 1, 1999

A collection of reports from ten Asian nations (Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam), this publication provides a comparison of the laws and public policy regulating and influencing the nonprofit sectors in those countries. A helpful guide for governments, nonprofits, foundations, and international organizations who wish to understand the ways in which nonprofits are regulated and structured throughout the region.

Asia-Pacific; Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

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