The Spirit of Giv­ing

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

Clock­wise from top left: Peter Woo, Michael Kadoorie, Jack Ma, Peter Lim, Amanda Wit­dar­mono, Yaa­cob Khyra and Celia C. Hong from our list of 50 phi­lan­thropists in Asia who are chang­ing the world

ith the ar­rival of the sea­son of good­will, we are de­lighted to present Hong Kong Tatler’s in­au­gu­ral phi­lan­thropy mag­a­zine, which shines a spot­light on the or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als giv­ing back to our com­mu­ni­ties. In the fol­low­ing pages, we in­tro­duce 50 phi­lan­thropists who are chang­ing the world, men and women who stand out among those mak­ing in­valu­able char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions across Asia. We also take an in-depth look at a se­lec­tion of the world’s most ex­cep­tional phi­lan­thropists, from Chuck Feeney, whose giv­ing-while-liv­ing phi­los­o­phy in­spired Bill Gates to found his own re­mark­able foun­da­tion and his Giv­ing Pledge (which, as of this year, has signed up 185 bil­lion­aires from 22 coun­tries), to Hong Kong’s own char­i­ta­ble su­per­hero, busi­ness­man Li Ka-shing, whose phil­an­thropic work has been in­stru­men­tal in the evo­lu­tion of the re­gion’s tra­di­tion of pass­ing wealth through lin­eage.

Like any­where, Hong Kong faces some press­ing is­sues. For ex­am­ple, it is a hub for the il­le­gal traf­fick­ing of wildlife and an­i­mal prod­ucts, and we meet a coali­tion of war­riors work­ing to cur­tail this cruel trade. The city also faces chal­lenges in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion and the age­ing of the pop­u­la­tion, which for­mer fi­nance sec­re­tary John Tsang plans to ad­dress with his new so­cial en­ter­prise. We also talk to prop­erty mag­nate Ron­nie Chan and Ruth Shapiro, founder of the Cen­tre for Asian Phi­lan­thropy and So­ci­ety, about an im­por­tant new study, the Do­ing Good In­dex, to see how Hong Kong ranks re­gion­ally in terms of phil­an­thropic com­mit­ment.

Year on year, char­i­ta­ble giv­ing is on the up in­ter­na­tion­ally. The num­ber of women in­volved in phi­lan­thropy is also in­creas­ing. We speak with some im­pres­sive fe­male phi­lan­thropists, in­clud­ing Es­cuela Nueva’s Vicky Col­bert, one of two win­ners of the in­au­gu­ral Yi­dan Prize, and Cherie Blair, who was in Hong Kong re­cently to dis­cuss the de­vel­op­ment of women’s ed­u­ca­tion in Asia.

Last but by no means least, we present a se­lec­tion of 50 char­i­ties and non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in Hong Kong—far from a com­plete list, but an in­tro­duc­tion to some of the char­i­ties sup­port­ing our city, in­tro­duc­ing their founders, mis­sions and ways you can be­come in­volved.

There’s much more be­sides, and we hope the worth­while ven­tures and the peo­ple mak­ing a dif­fer­ence fea­tured in these pages will help in­spire gen­eros­ity, whether through dona­tions, ef­forts to raise aware­ness of var­i­ous causes or the vol­un­teer­ing of time. We all have some­thing to give.

—Rachel Duf­fell Ed­i­tor


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