GIVE.asia is a social enterprise that manages an online philanthropic crowdfunding platform, empowering individuals and communities to support a social cause of their choice. It makes fundraising easy and enjoyable by leveraging the power of social media, where donations can be administered with ease and transparency and the social impact of projects be shared with supporters.
GIVE.asia caters not only to institutional fundraising for charities but also supports personal causes. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, it does not charge any transaction fee to either the donor or the recipient.
GIVE.asia started as a university project for the Start-Up@Singapore Social Enterprise Challenge in 2009 by Pong Yu Ming and Aseem K Thakur, then undergraduate students at NUS. Seeking to create a lifestyle of compassion, generosity, and kindness and promote a culture of giving in Asia, they built a platform, to make the whole process of supporting a cause, meaningful and easy. The project went on to win the challenge, which was the catalyst that marked the start of GIVE.asia as a registered organization. The site went "live" in January 2010 and has since empowered more than 100,000 people, to raise around SGD 26 million to date, for various charitable causes.
Team GIVE.asia comprises of people from countries across the globe including Singapore, Japan, America, Vietnam, Poland, Malaysia, India, and Thailand who also believe in making giving easier and more fun. These people work as full-time or part-time employees to focus on GIVE.asia’s day-to-day operations and development. They are involved in areas including operations, marketing, business development, engineering, user experience and design of GIVE.asia.
From a truly local base in Singapore, GIVE.asia has evolved into a hassle-free platform for donors to give to charities registered in Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong and the Philippines and has since supported the fundraising efforts for over 500 charities across the region. These include TTSH Community Fund Singapore, Project Love Asia Thailand, Dot Asia Foundation Hong Kong and United Nations World Food Programme.
Among the key fundraising events that GIVE.asia has facilitated in Singapore include Great Eastern Women’s Run, Vodafone Everest Challenge, Sundown Marathon and NTU’s Touch Of Hearts. Many individuals have also benefitted from fundraising efforts though GIVE.asia, these include a Uganda acid victim, the family of a primary school teacher who died in the Sabah quake and baby Yujia who was born with multiple anomalies. To see a list of other successful fundraising campaigns that have used GIVE.asia, please visit https://give.asia/browse
In addition, GIVE.asia also offers optional consulting services and solutions - Software as a Service (SaaS) - to non-profits and corporations to not only improve the efficiency of their fundraising operations but also their CSR and employee engagement efforts. The fees generated enable the sustainability of GIVE.asia by covering the operational costs.
From winning the Start-Up@Singapore Social Enterprise Challenge in 2010, GIVE.asia has continued to receive notable recognition for its contribution to the support of philanthropic fundraising. This includes winning the most recent PACT Incubator Demo Day 2015 and the SPRING NTU Ideas Inc Business Challenge 2010. They were also runner-up at the Social Media Plan W organized by Diageo 2013 and received a special mention as the youth social enterprise of the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Award 2012. In addition to the awards, GIVE.asia was also invited to represent Singapore at the Intel-Berkley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge 2010 and the Non-Profit Technology Conference in San Francisco 2012.