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The Business Times: DAFs still quite new concept: charities index

DAFs are charitable fund accounts that people or organisations can open. An amount of money will be pledged to a cause they are passionate about. Former CFS chairman Laurence Lien says DAFs are motivating philanthropists to think more about the cause they would like to donate funds to and how their donations will help to solve the problem.

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Including the Excluded: Everyone Plays a Part

Through working and volunteering in the non-profit sector, I often meet people living in dire circumstances. I vividly remember one incident while distributing breakfast to families living in public rental units. Speaking in simple English, the mother...

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HOME: Helping vulnerable migrant workers through crisis

With almost one million low-wage migrant workers in Singapore, there is an increasing appreciation of the important role they play in our society. Yet, while migrant workers make up a significant part of our social fabric, their issues and challenges may often remain invisible from public view.

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TODAY: New S$528,000 fund to help disadvantaged people stay employed

When stereotypes, stigmas and prejudices prevent people with disabilities or mental health problems from finding jobs, they are often financially or socially disadvantaged for life. To overcome these barriers, a new fund was launched to address the problem of social exclusion of disadvantaged groups here, bringing employment and vocational training support to where it is needed most.

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The Business Times: New fund to help Singapore’s marginalised groups land jobs

The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) has launched a new fund to raise the participation of marginalised groups in Singapore’s workforce. Among other things, the Lift (Learning Initiatives for Employment) Community Impact Fund will support programmes that provide vocational training for marginalised individuals, and place them in jobs in the open market.

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A Call for Collaborative Giving: Bridging the Divide for Persons with Disabilities

This second Colabs publication reveals some of the challenges that persons with disabilities in Singapore face integrating into our community. This includes the lack of sustainable employment options and other opportunities to participate meaningfully in society. Some suggestions for collaborative solutions based on the collective feedback of over 80 participants in the series are outlined here.

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A turning point for community philanthropy

In the life of any organisation, there are special moments that will be remembered as being turning points. CEO Catherine Loh reflects on a phenomenal year and muses on a new era as CFS looks forward to the next decade with the exponential growth of community philanthropy and a new Chairman at the helm.

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Singapore Tatler: Kith and Kin

The family behind Naumi Hotels and Rang Mahal Restaurants, Surya, Ritu and Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, shares how its late patriarch Shyam Sundar Jhunjhnuwala’s spirit of entrepreneurship and giving lives on through the generations through the S S Jhunjhuwala Charity Fund established with the Community Foundation of Singapore.

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938Now: Night Chat with Susan Ng

CEO Catherine Loh and donors Lim Wei-Jen and Ashely Ong from Liontrust were guests on 938Now’s Night Chat with Susan Ng talking about giving back in a more structured and impactful way. In Wei-Jen’s words: “CFS is like a school that gives you professional tips on how to give in a more meaningful way. Take the first step and see how amazing philanthropic work can be.”

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Singapore Tatler: Living Legacy

More people are starting to think about philanthropy and giving back, instead of leaving it as a post-retirement consideration. Thio Shen Yi and Stefanie Yuen Thio, and Adrian and Susan Peh tell Singapore Tatler how they are making more strategic and effective giving through their private charity funds with the Community Foundation of Singapore.

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Berita Harian: Programme to prepare youths for the workplace launched

The Singapore Youth Impact Collective is an initiative in Singapore that uses the collective impact model and allows donors and non-profit organisations to solve complex social issues together. The Collective wants to increase the ability of youths from underprivileged backgrounds to advance in the workforce through training and skills development.

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Lianhe Zaobao: 鼓励参与兴趣小组提升技能 青年组织助工教生规划职业 By encouraging participation in interest groups to improve skills, youth collective helps students plan their careers

青年影响组织在2017年由樟宜基金会、触爱社会服务及新加坡社会基金会等六家企业组成,目的在于通过鼓励工教院的学生参与不同兴趣小组,教导相关技能,帮助他们提升专业课程之外的职场技能。The Singapore Youth Impact Collective consists of six organisations including Changi Foundation, TOUCH Community Services and the Community Foundation of Singapore. It aims to help students from ITE improve their professional skills by encouraging them to participate in different interest groups and pick up workplace skills.

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The Straits Times: From school to workplace: Help for disadvantaged youth

Called the Singapore Youth Impact Collective, these initiatives come after a series of discussions in the social service sector recognised that while education can help bridge social gaps, environmental factors – such as negative social influences or the home environment – can hinder youth from reaching their full potential. Changi Foundation, the Community Foundation of Singapore, Credit Suisse, Octava Foundation, Shine and Touch are behind the initiative.

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Fresh off the press

Two new publications just rolled off the press – CFS Annual Report 2018 and ‘A Call for Collaborative Giving’, the first publication from Colabs that sheds light on the challenges disadvantaged young persons face at home. Available for download here.

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Speech by Chairman Laurence Lien at CFS’s 10th anniversary celebrations

Chairman Laurence Lien recalls CFS’s challenging early years – born during the 2008 global financial crisis as a start up that people took time to believe in. CFS spent its first five years just building credibility and trust. But a decade on, it has accomplished so much. “As someone who has been so actively involved in the growing CFS, I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in these 10 years,” he said.

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Speech by CEO Catherine Loh at CFS’s 10th anniversary celebrations

CEO Catherine Loh talks about CFS’s role and how a strong and developed philanthropy ecosystem is crucial to ensuring sustainable and impactful funding support. “The entrance of a community foundation like CFS has transformed how philanthropy is approached,” she said, signaling future plans to grow legacy giving, collaboration and impact.

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Business Times: UBS, CampVision mentor 100 youths

The UBS-CampVision LEAD Academy graduation ceremony was held last Saturday with President Halimah Yacob as guest of honour. LEAD – a collaboration between UBS, CampVision and CFS – partners youths with volunteer mentors to help them develop effective communication skills and self-leadership. CFS also received a Partnership Recognition award at the event.

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Business Times: Size no barrier to structured corporate giving

Many owners of Singapore’s small and medium-sized enterprises would gladly give back to their community. But, without the heft larger corporations have, it is easy for them to resign themselves to thinking that each dollar they give won’t go as far, says Lim Wei-Jen, founder of trust and wealth management company Liontrust. He wants his company’s giving to count for more.

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Business Times: As they received, they now give

Education, and the generosity of others, changed Trina Liang-Lin and Edmund Lin’s lives. She was impressed by a donation made to build her school’s hall, and both received scholarships to advance their studies. Having done well in their careers, they decided to set up their fund to support various causes they care about, such as education, gender equality and the arts.

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Portfolio Magazine: Helping others help others

”Our goal has always been to inspire philanthropy, and that has not changed. When I first joined, CFS was still at its infancy and donors were simply looking for a convenient way to consolidate their donation and disburse grants. The needs of donors have evolved along with the shifting social landscape, and CFS has had to rise up beyond an administrative role to better accommodate these changing needs.”

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Campaign Brief Asia: Community Foundation of Singapore partners with DDB Group to inspire philanthropy

DDB Group Singapore has lent a helping hand to the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) to develop an integrated marketing communications campaign to raise awareness for the philanthropic organisation among individual and corporate donors. The appointment and campaign coincide with the 10th anniversary celebration of CFS this year. Founded in 2008, CFS matches donors with philanthropic causes to drive positive change and create a lasting impact within communities.

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Business Times: The beauty of giving to those you do not know

Businessman and philanthropist Govind Bommi spends his Thursday mornings volunteering at the Tampines centre, befriending seniors who are there to receive physiotherapy or other forms of rehabilitative care after conditions such as a stroke, Parkinson’s or arthritis. He does not speak Mandarin or any of the Chinese dialects that most of the regulars are most comfortable with. But that’s been no barrier to friendship.

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