Stories of impact


The Tabung Project – Saving together for a better future

The Tabung Project is a simple yet inventive micro-savings programme by the Healthy Start Child Development Centre (HSCDC), a childcare centre by Beyond Social Services serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The idea is simple: every child brings home a tabung (“savings bank” in Malay) where family members are encouraged to contribute. Every month, each child’s savings is then poured into a community savings pool.

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LEAD Academy – Empowering youths to lead and influence

The LEAD Academy was set up in 2014 as a collaboration between CampVision, UBS Singapore and the Community Foundation of Singapore to impact marginalised youths in neighborhood schools. LEAD is a platform that partners youths with professional volunteers to develop leadership abilities and cultivate effective communication skills.

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KidsExcel – Leaving no child behind

At a time when after school tuition and enrichment programmes have become the new norm, children from less affluent backgrounds are increasingly disadvantaged by their inability to afford these lessons. KidsExcel aims to tackle this by providing primary school students under the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Financial Assistance Scheme access to a year-long, well-rounded enrichment programme.

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EDIS Cares Fund – Helping disadvantaged young children reach their full potential

EDIS is an international economic development company that provides strategic advice to other countries by leveraging on its experience in Singapore. Its CSR initiative EDIS Cares creates opportunities for underprivileged children in Singapore by helping them to reach their full potential.

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Leading Foundation Teacher Award – Recognising outstanding teachers in early childhood and special needs education

The Leading Foundation Teacher Award was established in 2014 to honour passionate and dedicated teachers in early childhood and special needs education. Organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE), the Leading Foundation Teacher Award is the first award in Singapore to recognise early childhood and special needs educators.

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Dayspring Residential Treatment Centre – Letter to a donor

DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre – which is partly supported by CFS donors – provides shelter, therapy and treatment to teenage girls who were victims of trauma or abuse. The centre provides a safe, caring and structured environment to help these girls recover and eventually get on with their lives. Here’s a letter to thank a donor for the difference she has made.

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S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund – Providing students with the needed leg-up

In 2011 when Mr Nathan published his memoir ‘An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency,’ he established the S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund to help students by providing them with the financial assistance to keep them in school and enable them to pursue their tertiary education. Mr Nathan believed that education is an important social leveler which provides disadvantaged students an opportunity to seek a better life.

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Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Fund – Nurturing future generations of musicians

Goh Soon Tioe (1911–1982) is remembered as one of Singapore’s greatest musical pioneers. Besides being an accomplished violinist, conductor and teacher, he brought hundreds of international performers to the Singapore stage. In 2011, in celebration of his birth centenary year, his family established a fund to support talented young classical musicians who wish to build a career in music.

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Outing for Seniors Community Impact Fund – Bringing seniors out to improve their well-being

The Outing for Seniors Community Impact Fund enables non-profit organisations to bring home-bound seniors on regular, organised outings. It covers admission costs as well as transportation and refreshments and all charities taking care of seniors are eligible to apply for it.

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Migrants Emergency Assistance and Support (MEANS) Community Impact Fund – Helping migrant worker in need

The MEANS Community Impact Fund helps disadvantaged migrant workers who are legally employed in Singapore. It provides immediate and short-term financial assistance to these workers who are exploited, abused or abandoned by their employers – paying for their medical care, shelter, basic necessities and transport costs.

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UBS Diversity in Abilities Concert – Celebrating the talents of children with special needs

To develop the talents of children and youths with special needs, the Diversity in Abilities training programme was launched in 2012 with support from corporate sponsor UBS. Through this initiative that was co-managed by the Community Foundation of Singapore, local artists developed a 14-week long training programme to coach the kids in film, music, dance, drama and visual arts.

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Changi Foundation – Helping youths to realise their dreams

Changi Foundation was launched in April 2012 to support and reach out to disadvantaged youths. Each year, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) allocates a percentage of its net profit to Changi Foundation – administered by the Community Foundation of Singapore – to support youth community efforts.

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