Saturday, August 29, 2009

Roots of Philanthropy

In Singapore, social welfare are dirty words. The Singapore government has made a proud point that Singapore does not have a minimum wage, there’s no social security, and the only worker union we have is shall we say…easy to talk to.

Since the Singapore government is so against social welfare of any kind, I find it hearting that private agencies are willing to take up the slack for the government. A survey on 46 different grant-making entities in Singapore show that over 80% of them offered financial assistance directly to the needy or supported the social welfare programmes run by charities.

Philanthropy doesn’t really have much of a history in Singapore and most Singaporeans, including myself, don’t really bother about philanthropy but it’s good to know that there are some roots being grown here. Now if the Singapore government will only follow suit…

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