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CFS Annual Report 2017

CFS Annual Report 2017

The CFS Annual Report 2017 has just been published. This year’s Annual Report sums up CFS’s effective work with donors and charity partners for the year as we continue to impact diverse communities. Download your copy now..

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Arts for the community

Arts for the community

Giving to the arts can benefit the lives of the disadvantaged says Anne-Marie Clavelli, Head of Development & Strategy at CFS.

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The case for philanthropy in the arts

The case for philanthropy in the arts

At the second edition of Art World Forum 2017, CFS was invited to present the significance of philanthropy for the arts to an audience of art, thought and business leaders. In a discussion entitled ‘Art x Philanthropy: An Opportunity’, two questions were posed by Anne-Marie Clavelli from CFS and Kola Luu from National Gallery Singapore: What is the value of the arts in a dynamic society like Singapore? Can philanthropy play a more strategic role in increasing a city’s cultural capital?

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联合早报: 纳丹社工助学金 供南洋理工生申请 Lianhe Zaobao: Nathan Social Work Award open for applications from Nanyang Polytechnic students

联合早报: 纳丹社工助学金 供南洋理工生申请 Lianhe Zaobao: Nathan Social Work Award open for applications from Nanyang Polytechnic students

纳丹教育提升基金”惠及人数及拨出金额多年来稳定增长,今年还为南洋理工学院社工系的学生增设助学金。该基金是已故前总统纳丹在2011年9月19日推出回忆录《万想不到的征程——当上总统之路》时设立的,目的是帮助家庭经济有困难的学生获得良好教育。截至今年7月7日,该基金已拨出270万元,比去年同期的260万元多出了10万元。自基金成立以来,共有1129名学生从中受惠,这与去年同期的近1000名相比,增加了15%。受惠者包括工艺教育学院、理工学院及大学学生,其中还有一些经济条件较差的前罪犯。该基金通过教育和技能培训为他们提供支援。

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The Straits Times: The ST Guide To… giving to charity

The Straits Times: The ST Guide To… giving to charity

For those with fatter wallets and who hope to create a greater impact with their gift, they can even consider setting up a charitable fund to give to causes close to their hearts. For example, the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS), a non-profit group, helps donors find a more structured and sustainable way of giving by providing advice and managing their charitable fund. To set up a named charitable fund in the CFS, where the donor decides on the fund’s name and the causes to give to, donors must pledge at least $200,000.

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Colabs workshop: A day in their shoes

Colabs workshop: A day in their shoes

“Poor people are just lazy.”
“Why won’t they just send their kids to school?”
“We don’t want them to be over-reliant on handouts.”

Is this how we think of those who are poor? Do we really know what it is like to be poor in Singapore? To offer a keener insight into the psyche and plight of the poor, the CoLABS team from the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) and National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) recently collaborated with Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) to organise ‘In Their Shoes’, an interactive and experiential workshop on understanding poverty in Singapore.

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BLLNR: How to donate time and money to a charity effectively

BLLNR: How to donate time and money to a charity effectively

While the notion of giving is indeed widespread, it isn’t easy to commit to help those in need when you find yourself caught up in today’s ever-changing environment. The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) is one such organisation that facilitates this line of work by bridging donors with causes of interest to develop programmes and provide grants to enrich lives. It values the 3 C’s to make giving better: connect donors with respective causes, collaborate with charities and commit to managing donor funds.

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ChannelNewsAsia: New film project to unearth stories about Singaporeans from the 1970s to the 1990s

ChannelNewsAsia: New film project to unearth stories about Singaporeans from the 1970s to the 1990s

15 films by 15 local filmmakers inspired by real-life stories of good from the ground. This homegrown project combining film and philanthropy is looking to crowdsource support through the Stories of Us Fund. The Community Foundation of Singapore is proud to administer the Stories of Us Fund with films curated by Daniel Yun and supported by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). We can’t wait to see how these untold stories will unfold.

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The Peak Singapore: How responsible businesses can make their philanthropic dollars travel further

The Peak Singapore: How responsible businesses can make their philanthropic dollars travel further

The Peak Singapore put CEO Catherine Loh in the ‘Hot Seat’ to find out how companies can ensure their money is best used for philanthropy: “While more companies are heeding the call to give back to the community, selecting a worthy cause and monitoring the use of donations may be a complex task. That’s where the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) comes in. It helps corporations develop a long-term philanthropy strategy, find suitable charity partners, and track the outcome of donations.”

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The Business Times: Collective action to meet community needs sustainably

The Business Times: Collective action to meet community needs sustainably

When CFS launched CoLABS with NVPC in early 2017, we were exploring uncharted territories by piloting new ways for more effective giving. Comprising the public, private and people sector, the network rallies passionate individuals who believe in the value of collaboration, and facilitates the learning and alignment that is necessary for better solutions. Along the journey, the network continues to unravel the complex issues surrounding disadvantaged children and youth.

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The Business Times: EDIS manages CSR like a business

The Business Times: EDIS manages CSR like a business

EDIS’s sustainable giving plan is enabled by the EDIS Cares Fund which CFS helped to set up and manage. The EDIS Cares Fund creates opportunities for children from low-income families to reach their full potential. CFS also works with the EDIS Cares team to evaluate their charity programmes and provide intelligence on the charity landscape in Singapore.

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New Year celebrations and collaborations 2017

New Year celebrations and collaborations 2017

This year, CFS’s annual appreciation lunch was held on 8 February at the Regent Singapore. Some 120 guests attended the event which is CFS’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to our donors, charities and partners for their unwavering support. True to the spirit of celebrations, there were happy handshakes, endless conversations and a festive, convivial atmosphere all around. Donors met charity partners, old friends made new friends.

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TODAY – Successful philanthropy: Doing good takes more than just giving

TODAY – Successful philanthropy: Doing good takes more than just giving

Whether you’re giving for one of these reasons or something else, taking the time to figure out your goal can lead to a more meaningful experience. As Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) CEO Catherine Loh told TODAY, “It is important to find the right fit, taking into consideration your values, charitable goals and impact you want to make. Ask yourself, why do you want to give back? What causes do you care about most? What kind of difference do you want to make?”

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