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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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Business Times: Preserving a century-old legacy of giving

To Keith Chua, the boy, she was the stern matriarch of their large, Peranakan family, to be approached with deference. To the older and bolder teenager, she drew closer – the great-grandmother glad to chat about his day over tea or a shared meal. But only years after, as an established entrepreneur with a family of his own, did Mr Chua truly feel the impact of her life on his own, thanks to the impact Mrs Lee Choon Guan had had on others.

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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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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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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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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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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。

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Straits Times: Philip Yeo biography raises more than $500k for charity

“More than half a million dollars have been raised for charity in conjunction with the launch of former senior bureaucrat Philip Yeo’s biography, Neither Civil Nor Servant.” The funds collected by the Economic Development Innovations Singapore (EDIS) – which Mr Yeo chairs – will go towards helping underprivileged children, via the company’s corporate social responsibility arm, EDIS Cares.

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The Law Gazette – Make Giving Better: The Role of the Community Foundation of Singapore

“In a nutshell, CFS manages donated assets to generate resources in support of charitable causes. By pooling donated assets from various sources, CFS is able to keep management costs low through the economies of scale. Donors who are just embarking on philanthropy may find that through CFS they could better learn about the real needs of society and also learn how to structure and monitor their giving – CFS is therefore a good “starter-kit” for new philanthropists.”

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