Levers For Change: Philanthropy In Select Southeast Asian Countries

2014 | Landscape Studies Download the Report

Explosive economic growth in Southeast Asia has resulted in unparalleled wealth creation. While the region’s emerging economies report hopeful signs of a broadening middle class, income inequality is rising faster than living standards for the majority. While philanthropic giving is rising to tackle this, key questions remain unanswered:

  1. Will philanthropic giving match the fast pace of wealth accumulation?
  2. Will philanthropy be strategic and targeted enough to address the critical social issues of the day?


This report examines public policies influencing those charitable decisions in four roaring economies: Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. It assesses how these policies help or hinder the growth of philanthropy, and reveals challenges in the environment for philanthropy in this region.