A community impact fund by the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS), the Sayang Sayang Fund was initially set up to support for frontline healthcare workers battling COVID-19 cases in the community. Together with our donors, we met our initial target of $250,000, and distributed transport vouchers for healthcare workers to travel home swiftly and safely after their shifts.

With the worsening COVID-19 situation, a ‘circuit breaker’ took effect across Singapore in early April as a pre-emptive strategy to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The increasing severity of the COVID-19 situation resulted in dire consequences for the community and economy. As more needs and demand for services from charities became apparent, there was an immediate role for philanthropy to complement the work of local public health, non-profit and government entities with emergency support and resources.

We knew we needed to do more.

Doing more for our vulnerable communities

The Sayang Sayang Fund expanded our scope to support charities and non-profits, providing emergency response funds that enabled immediate and short-term relief to those adversely affected by the COVID-19 situation. We set a new target of $3 million to meet the growing and urgent needs of many individuals, families, and seniors from marginalised backgrounds.

By convening the community and acting together, we worked closely with our community partners to move their essential work forward in this critical moment. To ensure our impact is for the long-term, the Sayang Sayang Fund will also support innovation solutions and research that address current and emerging needs to combat the COVID-19 situation.

From a community impact fund to a #SayangSayangFund movement
From our humble beginning in early February 2020, we are amazed to see the Sayang Sayang Fund grow into a giving and caring movement. From doing a burpee challenge to baking for charity, to donating business proceeds or launching a campaign on Giving.sg, the generosity and support have been truly inspirational.