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Sandra D’Auriol: tributes to late Hong Kong socialite from charity she co-founded

A children’s charity co-founded by a Hong Kong socialite who plunged to her death from the top floor of a Los Angeles medical clinic says it has lost a “mentor and a friend”.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:58pm

Shipping chief with a big heart for orphans

Philanthropy is a very personal decision - the who, what, why and how much of giving are determined by life experiences, and the very act of giving has an impact on the giver.

For long-time Hong Kong resident Tim Huxley, a board director of children's charity Half the Sky, it was holding a six-week-old orphan on the mainland that tweaked the heartstrings.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:17am

Li Ka-shing doing a lot for charity

Bernard Chan is a long way off the mark in the article ("How much do our tycoons care about Hong Kong?" May 31).

Caring is demonstrated by doing, not by talking, and certainly not by pointing fingers. It makes no difference whether you are a "big tycoon" or a small potato. Each of us has a duty to care for and contribute to the community according to our own means.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am 8 comments

All cash and no heart: Is that the Hong Kong model of philanthropy?

I recently read a remarkable story. A young woman from a disadvantaged background in a poor area near Silicon Valley in California had a mentor. She and the older woman met from time to time, e-mailed often and had a good relationship. The younger woman credited her adviser with her success in becoming the first person in her family to reach college.

31 May 2013 - 5:35am 2 comments

Hong Kong tech start-ups need more active help

Studying for his master's degree in 2008 at Stanford University, Daniel Cheng Yuen was struck by how fragmented information was when looking for campus club activities, which run into the thousands.

28 May 2013 - 3:30pm

Book review: Why Philanthropy Matters, by Zoltan J. Acs

This book is a good exposition of the history and development of philanthropy in the United States and its positive effect on education, science, medicine and other fields.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:33pm

Billionaire Chen Guangbiao hands out cash in earthquake-stricken Lushan

Chen arrived in the Sichuan province county just hours after the quake struck, with “300,000 yuan (HK$377,000) cash stored in a bag”, mainland media reported earlier this week.

23 Apr 2013 - 11:37pm

Billionaire Schwarzman to give US$100m to fund China scholarships

Blackstone Group Chairman Stephen Schwarzman has agreed to give US$100 million for a programme that will fund the studies of graduate students in China, similar to the Rhodes Scholarships program.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

India's mega rich lag far behind West in philanthropy

They may build skyscraper mansions, travel by private jet and throw sumptuous wedding parties, but it seems India's super-rich are much slower at opening their wallets for charity. India now has 55 dollar-billionaires, the fifth-biggest number in the world, according to a Forbes ranking this month.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:26am

Hong Kong-sponsored mainland charity school turned into rubbish dump

A charity school funded by a Hong Kong-based foundation was abandoned and turned into a rubbish dump shortly after its construction, according to a Beijing News report on Friday.

22 Feb 2013 - 2:18pm

Brothel owner in storm over gift to hard-up school

In a country ravaged by recession, Soula Alevridou stands out, in more ways than one. Where other Greek entrepreneurs have fallen on hard times, her business is booming: so much so that she has been forced to open new premises to meet demand.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am

Tech has NGOs on cloud nine

Ask local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) what they really need and many will mention improved IT systems. Systems for managing volunteers or sharing information can play a big part in increasing effectiveness. Many NGOs believe, however, that such systems are unobtainable, as they require resources they do not have.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Volunteers discover how helping others helps yourself

Within the next few days, students will have ended their school year and packed for holidays in exotic destinations, visits to home countries, summer camps, internships and part-time jobs. But long summer days can sometimes stretch with boredom. For teenagers whose college applications loom on the horizon, volunteering is a way to fill some of those sweltering days.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

20pc fall in giving seen amid scandals

Donations to mainland charities are believed to have fallen by a fifth to about 80 billion yuan (HK$98 billion) last year, after the Guo Meimei scandal made the public more distrustful of the sector.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Changing lives, step by step

I am now entering the final month of my 61/2-month long Walking Home From Mongolia expedition. Along the way, my cameraman Leon McCarron and I have crossed the Gobi Desert and northern China in winter, and progressed into the beautiful springtime of the central and southern Chinese mountains. We have taken a dip in the Yellow River and the Yangtze. The Pearl awaits us this week.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am