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The Straits Times: New youth collective to level playing field for disadvantaged young

CFS and NVPC released a 17-page guide on closing the gap for disadvantaged youth. The youth collective is an early initiative sparked by Colabs, a series of discussions beginning last year that gathers disparate stakeholders across the social service sector to exchange ideas, including philanthropists, businesses, non-profit groups and sector experts. Colabs is led and funded by CFS and NVPC.

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Giving from strength to strength

In the Community Foundation of Singapore’s (CFS) first year of operation, few individuals wanted to talk to us about philanthropy. Thanks to a founding group of seven donors in 2008 who placed their faith in us, we started to see growth, says Catherine Loh, CEO of CFS.

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The Straits Times – More wealthy donors setting up private charity funds

‘More wealthy people are setting up private charity funds through which they can give away their riches, according to a foundation that helps such individuals set up the funds. The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) said it has seen the number of individual donors rise from seven in 2008 to 97 this year. Each of the funds must have at least $200,000.’

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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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Making collaboration a reality

Collaboration for social change has been a hot topic of late, but how do we get there? These three factors could help, says Joyce Teo, Deputy CEO of CFS.

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Colabs – doing more for persons with disabilities

The Colabs Disability series focuses on pathways of engagement and employment for persons with disabilities – exploring different pathways, identifying opportunities for action and catalysing collaboration to attain greater access to services for care and support.

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Celebrating a decade of growing giving to impact

Spirits were high at CFS’s Lunar New Year lunch, where donors, charities and partners kicked off our year-long 10th anniversary celebrations. The event was a testament to CFS’s journey from a quiet start-up a decade ago to a thriving organisation today.

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Lianhe Zaobao: 更多企业和个人 找专人管理善款 More companies and individuals seeking professionals to manage their charitable funds

随着国人对有效行善的意识提高,更多企业和个人善款捐赠者过 去10年来选择与专人合作,协助他们管理和发放善款给希望帮助的机 构或项目。As people’s awareness of effective charitable giving increases, more corporate and individual donors have spent the past 10 years choosing to collaborate with dedicated professionals to help them manage and distribute funds to the institutions or projects they wish to help.

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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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Charting your legacy

If you’re wondering how you can start planning on leaving a legacy, Catherine Loh, CEO of the Community Foundation of Singapore, shares her insights.

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Giving through the generations

Is there room for diverse giving styles in creating one’s personal and family legacy? It’s possible, shares two prominent families at the recent CRIB x CFS Legacy and Impact event.

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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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