Co-work & Donation
Doing Good Index
Doing Good Index is the leading social impact index in Asia headed by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) participated by 18 Asian economies. The Index was developed with the aim of finding the best conditions for individuals, companies, and social delivery organizations (SDOs) to take part in the social sector and provide good case studies in each of four sub-indices by examining four areas of social investment and converting them into indices.
As a Korean partner for the Doing Good Index, Center on Philanthropy at The Beautiful Foundation has been participating in the biennial study since 2018, looking at the status of South Korea's philanthropic landscape.
In February 2023, the center joined the workshop for DGI 2024 with all the partners for the study that is planned this year. In this way, the center gets to listen to the issues and status on philanthropy of many countries as well as sharing those of South Korea.
Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) Research Collaboration
Along with the GPT project, the Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) is an index prepared every two years with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy that assesses the philanthropic environment. The Center on Philanthropy at The Beautiful Foundation participated in the study as the Korean partner and wrote about the philanthropic environment of South Korea. The 2022 report released this year evaluated 91 countries and economies across six factors that measure their philanthropic environment: 1) ease of operating a philanthropic organization; 2) tax incentives on giving; 3) cross-border philanthropic flows; 4) political environment; 5) economic environment; 6) socio-cultural environment for philanthropy.
The global average score for the years 2018-2020 was 3.63, which is a slight increase from the years 2014-2017. Of the six factors, ease of operation (3.97) had the highest score while economic environment (3.46) had the lowest. South Korea scored 3.94, which could be considered a favorable environment for philanthropy.
Global Philanthropy Tracker (GPT) Collaborative Research
The Global Philanthropy Tracker (GPT) that measures cross-border flows of donations and South Korea's overseas giving is a biennial study conducted by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy since 2006.
The Center on Philanthropy at The Beautiful Foundation signed an MOU with Indiana University in 2019 and has been contributing as the Korean research partner. In 2021, we held an online presentation and drew attention to South Korea's place in the study which reflects each country's standard of humanitarian action across cultures, religions, and ethnicities.
In 2020, PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global food and beverage leader PepsiCo, Inc., delivered USD 85,000 (KRW 100,000,000) to support the emergency expenses of families of single mothers that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was delivered to The Beautiful Foundation through our partner Give2Asia, the public charity that supports Asia, that partnered with PepsiCo Foundation and carried out emergency funds for COVID-19 relief.
The Beautiful Foundation delivered the donation to 180 families of single mothers in the Daegu and Gyeongsangbukdo region and provided KRW 500,000 per person for emergency expenses and necessaries of low-income self-employed workers, unemployed persons, and people on the verge of closing their business. As single mothers have a higher tendency of working in unstable conditions, they were suffering more from the pandemic, and our support provided them with the real help they needed.
Asia Pacific Giving Network (APGN) Activities
As philanthropy is spreading throughout Asia and more and more people are leaving their home country to live abroad due to globalization, interest in cross-border giving is also increasing. But an individual who donates directly to another country cannot receive tax benefits, and it could be hard to find an appropriate place to donate overseas. The Asia Pacific Giving Network (APGN) was formed with the aim of resolving such problems.
Give2Asia, leading the APGN, published the study report 'Unlocking Cross-border Philanthropy in Asia: An Assessment of Donor Interest & Infrastructure Readiness' in 2022. In 2023, the partner organizations of the participating countries held a kick-off workshop in Wellington, New Zealand to start their work full-scale. The five partners that launched the Asia network are as follows:
Hong Kong SAR-Give2Asia Foundation Limited / Australia-Give2Asia Australia / New Zealand-The Gift Trust / Japan-Japan NPO Center / South Korea-The Beautiful Foundation
As a Korean partner, The Beautiful Foundation was the last to join the project out of the six countries and participated in the meeting for the first time. The workshop consisted of brainstorming for the APGN's first project and discussions on the role and possible contribution of resources of each organization.