Inspiring stories

EDIS Cares Fund – helping underprivileged 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. EDIS Cares adopts a non-traditional CSR model – by looking to understand the basic needs of beneficiaries, co-run programmes with community partners and recruit volunteers from outside the company.

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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) and administered by the Community Foundation of Singapore, the Leading Foundation Teacher Award is the first award in Singapore to recognise excellence in early childhood and special needs educators.

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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 firmly believed that education is an important social leveler which provides children from less privileged homes an opportunity to seek a better life for themselves and their families.”

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Outing for the Elderly Fund–
A simple idea that brought joy to many

The Outing for the Elderly Fund was started by Mr and Mrs William Bird in 2009 to enable home-bound seniors to enjoy being out and hopefully reduce their sense of social isolation. The CFS-administered fund encourages non-profit organisations to bring frail seniors – many wheelchair bound – on regular, organised excursions to attractions such as museums,

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Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Fund –
A musical legacy lives on

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. He also took the Singapore Youth Symphony Orchestra on successful tours around the world. 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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UBS Diversity in Abilities Concert –
A platform for special needs kids to shine

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 –
Committed to youth development

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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