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China Issue Guide: Environmental Philanthropy

March 1, 2022

This report is the second in the four-part series examining "philanthropy with Chinesecharacteristics." The report looks at individual and corporate giving to environmental issues through the lenses of themes and approaches.

Giving Back to the Future

September 13, 2018

Our study finds that scholarships for higher education are highly impactful, at the individual, community, and country levels.For an individual, receiving a scholarship makes attending university possible. It means greater earning power, greater confidence and motivation, and a greater desire to influence other lives through leadership.At the community level, we observe that most scholarship recipients want to give back and do so by volunteering. They want to change society for the better by pursuing careers in education, the government, and the social sector.The aggregate effect for the country is human capital development, which drives economic growth. Scholarships also help offset increasing tuition costs across Asia and mitigate income inequality by making it possible for low-income students to attend university.A single scholarship enhances 26 lives on average, including the scholar, her family, the students she mentors and leads, and the community members she volunteers for.We also present a toolkit for enhancing the effectiveness of scholarship programs. The toolkit showcases both the "why" and "how" of setting clear goals, improving communication and engagement with scholars, and enhancing their employability and career success. These strategies can magnify the impact of scholarships for students, donors, and governments.

Forging New Pathways: Annual Report 2017

July 3, 2018

CAPS Annual Report 2017.

Doing Good Index 2018: Maximizing Asia's Potential

January 19, 2018

The inaugural Doing Good Index examines the enabling environment for philanthropy and private social investment across 15 Asian economies. Composed of four areas–tax and fiscal policy, regulatory regimes, socio-cultural ecosystem, and government procurement–the Index reveals how Asian economies are catalyzing philanthropic giving.If the right regulatory and tax policies were in place, Asian philanthropists could give over US$500 billion, contributing to the US$1.4 trillion annual price tag needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.The Index serves as a unique and useful body of data for Asian governments, as well as for nonprofits, foundations and charities in Asia, to learn from each other. At a time when policy is evolving, the social sector is growing, and interest in philanthropy is rapidly developing, the DGI shows the potential for Asia to leapfrog and become a leader in social innovation.

The Business of Green

August 18, 2017

A community of like-minded business leaders joined forces to fight deforestation and drive forward China's environmental movement."It started with planting trees," said Zhang Li, the current secretary general of SEE Foundation. The original aim of the association was to mobilise the resources of China's newly rich entrepreneurs to take on the problem of desertification in the Alashan Region.But this would be merely the opening act of an organization that grew into a national network of nearly 600 entrepreneur members, including high-profile figures from the real estate, construction, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. SEE's members would come to include some of China's most successful and prolific corporate faces, including Wang Shi, chairman of Vanke, the world's largest real estate developer; Feng Lun, chairman of real estate leader Vantone Holdings; Chen Dongsheng, chairman of Taikang Life Insurance; and Pan Shiyi, chairman of property company SOHO China. The work of the organization would expand to include support for national ecosystem conservation and nature education, green supply chains, pollution prevention, and development of China's grassroots environmental NGOs

Trading Up: BN Vocational School - Giving China’s Marginalized Youth a Shot at Success

August 18, 2017

By providing free-of-charge vocational education to the disenfranchised children of migrant workers and ethnic minorities, BN Vocational School (BNVS) has helped to improve their career prospects — and meet the growing need for well-trained and confident workers in China's burgeoning services sector.Since its first Beijing school was founded in 2005, BNVS has expanded to nine branches inthe cities of Chengdu, Nanjing, Sanya, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Dalian, Yinchuan, and Lijiang — and now one far from home, in Luanda, Angola. The Angolan branch has embarked upon a program of vocational training that has been tried and tested by 2,500 underprivileged young people from across China who have graduated from the BNVS network, armed with a set of vocational skills to help them navigate their way through the country's competitive labor market.From its inception, BNVS has offered the option of free vocational training to those who might otherwise lack the opportunity to continue their education. The organization's original focus was on the children of low-income migrant workers, whose movement from the countryside to the cities has underpinned China's remarkable urbanization story.

2016 Annual Report: Building A Foundation

August 9, 2017

CAPS 2016 Annual Report.

Driving Value: Taiwan Taxi Academy Association - Flipping Perceptions of the Taxi Industry

January 9, 2017

Under the aegis of a public-private partnership model, a non-profit taxi association was formed to improve the livelihoods of low-income taxi drivers, while bolstering the local economy.The Taiwan Taxi Academy Association (TTAA) was formally established as a non-profit organization(NPO) by a team of university professors in 2014, keen to apply what they have learned from years of academic research to improve the lives of taxi drivers. They developed a platform for drivers to be able to undergo professional training and gain access to collective learning opportunities. The goal was to "rebrand" taxi drivers to appeal to international and domestic tourists as friendly, reliable professionals who can provide high-value services.There are more than 150 members today, all of whom rely on chartered taxi tourism as their main source of income. To help them in this, TTAA combines resources from government authorities, universities, and the taxi industry to develop the capabilities of drivers. This unique organization, which works with government, industry, and academic stakeholders to create opportunities for drivers to work and thrive exemplifies how multi-stakeholder efforts can help to address a social problem — in this case, the dearth of opportunities for marginalized taxi drivers to improve their incomes.

Frugal Innovation

November 29, 2016

From its early days, BAIF has focused on driving rural prosperity. Initially, it empowered farming communities to improve the productivity of animal husbandry through technology and training — it had supported 5,892,045 families in this way by 2014. The organization went on to help 201,144 rural families roll out innovative homestead agri-Horti-forestry, or "Wadi,"orchards, that combine techniques and resources to allow farmers to rear fruit trees, flowersand vegetables. BAIF has also applied its technical expertise to help farmers find better ways of managing their land, soil, and water resources. Over the years, it has expanded its focus to undertake health, women's empowerment, and resilience programs in conjunction with its agrarian interventions to drive holistic development in rural communities.

Love for the Least, the Last, and the Lost

November 29, 2016

For more than 60 years, the social services and development ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila have helped the less fortunate to find self-reliance and dignity. In doing so, it has cultivated its next generation of leaders and donors.Caritas Manila works to benefit the disadvantaged of Manila in the areas of social development, family empowerment, social entrepreneurship and other special concerns. And though it operates as a distinct, non-profit entity that is separate from the Catholic Church with only 26 full-time employees, it is able to use its vast infrastructure to do much of its work; thousands of volunteers from the 365 Catholic parishes across the city work on the frontline to help programs and deliver services.Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, describes it as "a non-governmental organization that is faith-rooted and love driven," whose goals are to help the least, the last, and the lost. "Because we are the church, we build a Christian community," he said. "You get the best of both worlds: the best of church and the best of NGO."

A Virtuous Economy: Hong Chi Association - Creating Green Opportunities for Hong Kong’s Disabled Workers

November 29, 2016

Through a unique tri-partite collaboration, Hong Chi Association has kick-started a glass bottle recycling project that has provided disabled workers with valuable life skills while changing public attitudes to the environment.Hong Chi, formerly known as the Hong Kong Association for the Mentally Handicapped, was established in 1965 as a school and care site for just four students, the parents of whom championed the cause for an educational center and environment for their handicapped children. In 1997, the name of the association changed to Hong Chi: in Chinese "Hong" means "to assist," and "Chi" refers to "the intellect," reflecting the organization's founding mission to assist mentally handicapped people to develop their potential as valuable members of society.Within three years of Hong Chi's founding, the school had expanded to 70 students across two campuses. With the help of dedicated teachers and the early recognition of these students' potential, some graduates went on to find work. At a time when there were no resources to support mentally handicapped individuals, nor was there a support system for their families, Hong Chi stepped into the breach. Today, it is dedicated to serving over 7,000 people of all ages and levels of intellectual disabilities. It operates 81 services that provide special education, job training, sheltered and supported employment, and adult education, among other things that are vital to supporting Hong Kong's people with intellectual disabilities (PID) to live their lives to the fullest.

Pathways to Education

October 14, 2016

In piloting an education model that is sensitive to the experiences of young indigenous peoples in the Philippines, Pamulaan has shown the way for government to scale up.The Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples' Education is a formal, tertiary school providing education for indigenous peoples as a means to build their self-reliance. Departing from mainstream systems of instruction, Pamulaan espouses an education rooted in the life and culture of indigenous peoples. Cultural values and traditions inspire school programs that focus on forming leaders amongst the youth, as well as developing the indigenous peoples' elders. Founded as a unique partnership between non-government organizations (NGOs), academia, and the state, Pamulaan has gone far in its first ten years.