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Newer foundations changing the face of philanthropy

Beyond writing cheques, donors seek to create real impact, bring about social change

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Self-made businessman Lew Chee Beng, 73, is giving away a substantial part of his fortune through a foundation. Since he founded the Lew Foundation in 2015, it has donated over $12 million to charitable causes.

Mr Yeo Puay Hin, the foundation's executive director, said of his father-in-law: "He came from humble beginnings, so it's about gratitude - to give back to society and helping those who are disadvantaged."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2021, with the headline Newer foundations changing the face of philanthropy. Subscribe