I admire how big foundations and corporations donate generously to charities. I vow to do the same too. But I’m far from being financially rich. So how? I figured, you don’t have to be successful or wealthy to donate. We can still do our part with what little that we have. To encourage fellow entrepreneurs to help the underprivileged, I am listing down the little things we at Archipelago Consultancy (AC) have done. Hopefully, our little efforts will inspire others to do the same.
- We donated our books to children’s homes (in Singapore and overseas), charitable organisations, school for the blind, and disadvantaged families.
- A percentage from book sales profits goes to a charity that gives out bursaries to students in Singapore.
- 10% of sales profits from the Gedung Kuning book goes to the Sultan Mosque (in memory of my great-grandfather who raised funds for the mosque from 1914 to 1944)
- We are donating 1 pound for every ‘Mina meets Cambridge’ book sold towards Newnham College Bursary Fund.
- We organised free book readings and talks to charities and ‘not-so-well-off’ schools that invited us.
- We gave opportunities to people with “no track record” to help them get a foothold in the industry.
I hope we are able to do more in the future. As much as AC sees visions and dreams dreams, we would also like to be active in charity and willing service.