Philanthropy in Asia is becoming more professional

The Economist

Within global philanthropy, the spotlight generally falls on the wealthy West. It is tycoons from the rich world who are lauded for giving away vast sums. The most talked-about trends in giving are set in America, in particular. But with rapid economic growth, a new generation of wealthy donors is emerging in the developing world, too, and nowhere more so than in Asia. Philanthropy in Asia is gradually becoming more strategic, with donors focusing on long-term solutions rather than short-term charity.

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‘If you look at the Doing Good Index there are four sets of indicators’

Business360 Nepal

Ruth A Shapiro, Co-founder and Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), was recently in Kathmandu as the main resource person to speak at a programme organised to disseminate information about the Doing Good Index 2022. The programme was organised by the Chaudhary Foundation to help understand the relevance of the index in Nepal. Read the article here.

Building trust in the social sector

India Development Review

Lack of trust impedes the flow of much-needed funding to organisations working on the front lines to help communities. What can be done to mitigate the trust deficit and enable a more supportive ecosystem for the social sector? Read this piece by CAPS Chief Executive Dr. Ruth Shapiro here.

Doing good in Asia: Challenges and opportunities

India Development Review

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly disrupted Asia’s economic growth, exacerbating inequalities and undoing hard-won progress. The Doing Good Index 2022 presents the post-pandemic state of civil society in Asia and highlights pathways for collaboration between the public, private, and social sector. Read it here.

Indonesia should strengthen accountability and transparency in social sector

The Jakarta Post

Public scandals relating to the social sector tarnish its reputation and see donations to organizations dry up, regardless of their involvement in the scandal. One bad apple can really spoil the whole barrel. CAPS’ Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Ruth Shapiro writes about the how trust in the social sector can be strengthened in this opinion piece. Read it here.

How good are Singaporeans and Asians at giving back?

MoneyFM 89.3

On Saturday Mornings with Glenn van Zutphen & Neil Humphreys, Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Co-Founder and CEO of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) shares the results of the 2022 Doing Good Index and discusses what makes Singapore one of the highest performing economies in the report. Dr. Shapiro’s section starts at  2:17:20. Watch and listen here.

“비영리단체가 일하기 좋은 나라 되려면?”… 아름다운재단, 공익활동 환경평가 결과 발표

Chosun Media

“국내 공익활동을 활성화하려면 세 가지 부분에서 변화가 필요합니다. 정부 규제 완화, 지역 내 지원 활용, 신뢰 부족 문제 해결이 선행돼야 합니다.”

지난 12일 아름다운재단이 비영리 연구·자문기구인 ‘아시아 필란트로피 소사이어티센터'(CAPS)와 공익활동 환경평가지수 ‘두잉 굿 인덱스(Doing Good Index, DGI) 2022’ 조사 결과 발표회를 온라인으로 개최했다. DGI는 아시아 각국의 ▲정부 규제 ▲세금과 재정 정책 ▲정부 조달 ▲공익 생태계 등 공익활동에 영향을 주는 요인을 파악해 평가한다. 지난 2018년 첫 분석 결과를 내놓은 이후 2년 주기로 발표되며, 이번이 세 번째다. Read here.

Asia’s social sector sees a funding decline

SME Horizon

COVID-19 has exacerbated income inequalities and social disparities across Asia, serving as a force multiplier for trends already in place. Assessing performance across four sub-indexes – Regulations, Tax and Fiscal Policy, Ecosystem, and Procurement – CAPS’ biennial flagship study, the Doing Good Index 2022, examines the social investment landscape in Asia. Read here.

In Conversation With Ruth Shapiro, Founder and Chief Executive of Centre for Asia Philanthropy and Society


According to the Doing Good Index 2022, which analyses the social investment landscape in Asia, Covid-19 has exacerbated social disparities and income inequalities and across the region. We talk to Dr. Ruth Shapiro, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), which conducts the study biennially, about the pandemic’s impact on people in Asia, her work and improving Hong Kong’s social sector. Read here.

Funding for Asian NGOs falls amid tighter regulations

Philanthropy Age

Almost half of Asia’s social delivery organisations have reported a decline in funding in the last 12 months, some as much as 50 percent, according to new research. The Hong Kong-based Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) surveyed more than 2,000 entities and some 120 experts across 17 Asian economies, including India, Pakistan, China, and Singapore. Read here.