Asian Insights on Nonprofit Leadership

- a blog by Usha Menon

Understanding misunderstandings

This past week I arbitrated a misunderstanding between staff of one of my clients, was asked to intervene in a communication breakdown between two of my friends, as well as observed a miscommunication dilemma that a mentee was facing. My judgement of each of these scenarios would be unfair for the parties involved, as I […]

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ABCD Of The Change Making Fundraiser

  My 29 years as a fundraiser and working with fundraisers across continents have strengthened my view that the success of fundraising in most parts depends on the characteristics of the fundraiser. Here are the ABCD of a change-making fundraiser, as I see them: Authentic Being authentic is about the credibility in one’s words and […]

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Changing landscape of fundraising for social good

The world of social impact is changing. Where there used to be clear divides between ‘non-profit’ charities, ‘profit-for-purpose’ social enterprise and the ‘for-profit’ commercial sector, we are seeing the blurring of lines between these entities and the focus has shifted from money that works only to provide a financial return, to one that also ensures […]

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Fundraising and philanthropy observations from Asia – China

‘Not to know and know that you don’t know, that is to know” -Chinese proverb. I love the work I do as it’s a continuous process of studying, sharing and strengthening the social impact sector, organisations and its leadership across Asia.  Here are some of my recent observations and learning about the fundraising and philanthropy […]

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Fundraising Practices in Singapore

I am delighted to have collaborated with the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Social Development Asia (CSDA) to launch Singapore’s first exploratory studies on fundraising practices, with a focus on the Health, Social and Welfare sectors. The studies include a quantitative research on the disclosure of fundraising practices covering 126 IPCs (Institutions of Public […]

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Fundraising Landscape in China

The nonprofit sector According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, at the end of December 2015 there were a total of 658,000 social organizations in China. These included 326,000 community organizations, 4,719 foundations, and 327,000 private non-enterprise work units. By way of comparison in 2014 there was a total of 606,000 […]

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iORDER – Duty of Care and Prudence

Nonprofit boards have a duty of care and prudence in performing its role. This fact is well known and accepted. However, as stewards of nonprofit organizations, knowing what these duties entail and how to operationalize their responsibilities are issues faced by the board members. Here is a mnemonic that I have devised to help us […]

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Seven Life Lessons as a student, parent and businesswoman

In this post I take a break from my reflections on nonprofit management and fundraising. Today I would like to share with you the Seven Life Lessons that I have learnt over the years. I have used the colors of the rainbow to help me organise my thoughts. For the first 3 colors I focus […]

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Becoming a Non-Profit Director

This article was first published on 6 June 2016 in The Business Times and BT Invest (a financial portal of The Business Times), under the column “Boardroom Matters” by the Singapore Institute of Director. It is not uncommon for board directors who sit on “for-profit” boards to also serve on the boards of non-profit organisations […]

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Asian Fundraising Insights

Special thanks for the input from Wei Zheng (China), Sarath Yoeung (Cambodia), Daniel To (Hong Kong), Kunal Varma (India), Maitra Widiantini Faiszal (Indonesia), Aliyah Karen (Malaysia), Mayan Quebral (Philippines), Rod Paterson (Thailand). Fundraising in Asia is surviving the economic slowdown. It is refreshing to note that it is thriving in some places, although not without […]

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