Collaborative action, collective impact

Colabs drives collaboration by bringing together the public, private and social sectors to tackle complex social issues. It enables philanthropists, businesses, non-profits and sector experts to collectively build insights and co-create solutions for lasting change. Colabs is a philanthropic initiative by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre and the Community Foundation of Singapore.

The networks embark on a collaborative process comprising these three stages:

Members learn about issues affecting disadvantaged groups. Philanthropists, businesses, non-profits and sector experts go on a learning journey to gain in-depth knowledge of social causes.

They align their priorities to work together. With new insights, members identify opportunities to work together on a problem, and get behind a common agenda.

Everyone collaborates for greater social impact. They take action by pooling their resources and expertise across sectors, and work towards achieving their shared vision for social change.

Colabs networks are formed around specific causes: disadvantaged children and youth, persons with disabilities and vulnerable seniors.

Children and youth
Disadvantaged young persons struggle with challenges on multiple fronts, and therefore find it hard to access the support needed to do well in life. Colabs sets out to understand what can be done to enable them to attain greater social mobility through education and employment

Persons with disabilities
While help is available during their growing years, persons with disabilities have limited developmental opportunities as they enter adulthood and old age. Colabs sets out to understand how persons with disabilities can be supported to live life as independent individuals.

Despite a growing range of options, vulnerable seniors may not be able to access services that fulfil their care needs or lifestyle preferences. Colabs sets out to understand how vulnerable seniors can make choices that support their physical, psychological and social well-being.

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