Ways to give

Start making impact

Why do you want to give back? What issues do you care about most? For a rewarding giving experience, it is important to find the best fit – taking into consideration your values, charitable goals and the impact you wish to make.

Giving ideas

Arts and heritage

Environmental sustainability

Physical and mental health

Access to education

Equal opportunity for all

Social mobility

Types of giving

You may give to honour your family, heritage, faith or business ethos. Your giving may even be inspired by a life experience or a wish to create a legacy.

CFS has devised several ways for you to bring your philanthropic ideas to life – to create greater impact and reach your charitable objectives.

Donor advised fund

When you establish a donor advised fund, you are actively involved in deciding how to make the most impact with your philanthropic money. We can help you make grants that support charitable causes and programmes that you care about. This can be done in a few ways:

  • Flow through fund is ideal for those who want to create immediate impact. You can start making grants to causes and charities you value most today, see the results and evaluate if they meet your philanthropic goals in the long run.
  • Endowment fund is where your donation is held at CFS in perpetuity and invested. Income from the investment is directed to charitable causes of your choice. If you are planning to set up a scholarship, this fund is a feasible option.
  • Term endowment fund is where your donation is held at CFS over a period of 10 years and invested. Income from the investment as well as a portion of the principle amount is directed to charitable causes of your choice over a decade.
Memorial giving

A memorial fund is a thoughtful way to remember your loved one and at the same time make an impact on the community. Memorial giving lets friends and family celebrate the life of a loved one by supporting a cause close to their hearts.

Legacy giving

Legacy giving lets you make a lasting impact on the lives of future generations long after you are gone. It starts with what you wish to do with your estate, and how it can benefit causes you care about now and in the future. You may leave your legacy to a cause you have supported during your lifetime or leave it unrestricted so that CFS has the flexibility to meet the changing needs of the community. Your gifts can include:

  • Bequests

Grants a portion of your estate to support charitable causes of your choice.

  • CPF

Nominate CFS as a beneficiary of your CPF monies.

  • Insurance policies

Designate CFS as the beneficiary when an insurance policy no longer serves its original purpose. Alternatively, you could purchase an insurance policy and name CFS as both the owner and the beneficiary.

  • Gifts in kind

Donations of real property, shares, bonds, securities, land and other assets are also accepted.

For legal and policy reasons, CFS may not be able to accept every legacy gift as specified. We suggest that you speak with us so that we can help you plan your legacy gift and ensure that it goes towards the intended purpose.

Community impact (Compact) funds

To encourage the community to be more involved with issues impacting our society, Compact funds were set up. These take in donations (big and small) to support specific programmes or projects from lesser known causes. Donors are welcome to contribute to these funds or partner us to develop one and invite the community to co-support. Some Compact funds we have set up include:

  • Migrant Emergency Assistance and Support (MEANS) Fund which helps needy migrant workers who are legally employed in Singapore. It provides immediate and short-term financial assistance to these workers who are exploited, abused or abandoned by their employers – paying for their medical care, shelter, basic necessities and transport costs.
  • Safe Home Scheme a one-stop home modification service to retrofit a safer and more accessible home environment for the elderly and disabled, enabling them to be more independent while going about their daily activities. Modification works include widening doors, levelling floors and building ramps for wheelchair access and installing grab bars.