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John, Rob

Rob John is an independent philanthropy consultant based in Cambridge, UK. He has published widely on venture philanthropy as a fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford and NUS Business School, Singapore. Rob has helped build two philanthropy networks - the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). His website www.givingcircles.asia tracks the growth and development of collective philanthropy in Asia. Philanthropy is his third career, having started out as a research chemist before moving to international aid and development.

Posts by John, Rob

  • Corporate Philanthropy in Asia: Innovations that Unlock the Resources of Business for the Common Good (06.06.17 )

    Our series of working papers from NUS Business School in Singapore explores the role of philanthropy in supporting entrepreneurial social ventures in Asia.

  • Corporate Support for the Social Enterprise Ecosystem in Asia (05.31.16 )

    By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School, and Advisory Board Member, The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy In my forthcoming working paper on the changing face of corporate philanthropy in Asia I’m exploring how giving by businesses is influenced by new models of philanthropy and the rise of […]

  • The Role for Giving Circles in Asian Corporate Philanthropy (05.10.16 )

    By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School, and Advisory Board Member, The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy During our research study to understand how philanthropy in Asia is innovating, we were particularly intrigued by the arrival of giving circles—people or groups getting together to give.  In a previous […]

  • Skills-Based Corporate Volunteering in Asia (04.19.16 )

    By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School, and Advisory Board Member, The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy President Obama’s “United We Serve” campaign, a nationwide service initiative that helps meet the growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn, has boosted an already popular practice—volunteering. According to the […]

  • Corporate Venture Capital for Social Impact: Medipass (03.29.16 )

    By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School, and Advisory Board Member, The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy In my previous post, I introduced the idea that some companies are using corporate venture capital (CVC) to invest in businesses that intentionally create environmental or social value. I also featured […]

  • Corporate Venture Capital for Social Impact: Pearson PLC (03.22.16 )

    By Dr Rob John, Visiting Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School, and Advisory Board Member, The Conference Board Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy In my series of working papers on Asian philanthropy, published by NUS Business School, we’ve most recently been looking at how corporate philanthropy in Asia has been influenced by new models […]

  • Angels, Super Angels and Impact Angels (07.16.14 )

    By Rob John, Visiting Fellow, Asia Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, National University of Singapore When entrepreneurs grow their ventures beyond the resources of “friends and family,” they turn to outside investors for capital. Angel investors are wealthy individuals, usually experienced entrepreneurs, who provide capital for young companies during start-up or expansion; they also, […]

  • Virtuous circles: collective giving in Asia (02.04.14 )

    By Rob John, Visiting Fellow, Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, National University of Singapore Philanthropy in Asia is developing rapidly to serve the region’s growing number of social entrepreneurs and high-potential nonprofits. Giving circles are one innovation in Asia that holds potential for companies and their employees.

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