ACSEP 19 November 2014

Learning by Giving @ NUS Learning the Art of Philanthropy

Twenty-nine BBA students saw their hard work come to fruition during ACSEP’s “Learning by Giving @ NUS” event in November 2014.

As part of the course, Measuring Success in Philanthropy and Impact Investing, the students had to identify the most donation-worthy charities in Singapore by adapting and using frameworks and tools created by Northeastern University.  They had to use the RISE assessment framework to ascertain the Relevance, Impact, Sustainability and Excellence of the charities they were studying.

According to NUS Visiting Fellow Dr Tan Jee Peng who has had more than 40 years of rich experience with The World Bank, “young people should learn now to give by having actual dollars to give away. By trusting students to make philanthropic investments … gives them a sense of agency and social responsibility.”

Through the generosity of Mr Keith Chua, executive chairman of ABR Holdings and chairman of ACSEP’s Advisory Board, the students were empowered to donate a total of S$40,000 to charities that they identified as being the most donation-worthy. These charities included:

  1. Care Corner Family Service Centre (Admiralty)
  2. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore
  3. Singapore Red Cross
  4. Home Nursing Foundation
  5. New Life Community Services
  6. Kidney Dialysis Foundation
  7. Reach Community Services Society

Each of the identified charities was recognised through the award of a S$5,000 grant from the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund, a foundation that honours Mr Chua’s late great grandmother.

Home Nursing Foundation received an additional S$5,000 for being voted Top of the Tops by the class.