Stories of impact

The Straits Times – Fund marks 20 years of marriage for couple

For donor Trina Liang-Lin, setting up a fund with CFS saves her the work and resources needed to set up a private foundation. On more younger, wealthy people like her setting up charity funds, she said: “Increasingly, people are realising that they don’t have to wait till they are older or richer to give back and make an impact.”

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Apex Harmony Lodge – Empowering dementia patients to live well

Is dementia an inevitable part of aging? Can nothing can be done to change its course? Dementia patients are oft-times negatively perceived as ‘senile’ or ‘confused’, with little measures taken to empower patients to maintain an active mind. Apex Harmony Lodge views each patient as someone who can be empowered to live with dignity and well-being.

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The Spooner Road Project – Reaching children and youths at the margins

Located in an enclave of public rented flats in central Singapore, the Spooner Road centre is housed amidst a transient, vulnerable community of over 300 families. Many families often arrive here after losing their home due to financial issues. The physical isolation of these flats means everyday resources are not easily accessible here. This led Students Care Service to start the Spooner Road Project in mid-2015.

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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. Each month, Tabung Counting Days are conducted, and 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 enrichment programme. Through a structured integration of sports and drama with academic enrichment, KidsExcel provides a well-rounded programme that develops underprivileged children holistically.

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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 to enable home-bound seniors to enjoy being out and hopefully reduce their sense of social isolation. The CFS-managed fund encourages non-profit organisations to bring frail seniors – many wheelchair bound – on regular, organised excursions to places of interest and even supermarkets. The fund covers admission costs as well as transportation and refreshments and all charities taking care of the elderly are eligible to apply for it.

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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. 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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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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