10 Charitable Campaigns in Singapore

There are incredible charitable campaigns that exist in Singapore. Read on to learn the names of those important charitable campaigns:

50 for 50: In this campaign, fifty young people organized fundraisers for lesser-known charities. In addition to fostering youth involvement in philanthropy, it raised 2.25 million dollars. The government then matched this money, resulting in a total of $4.5 million dollars raised.

1 for 1: Spurred by the success of 50 for 50, the campaign organizers began 1 for 1, in which all Singaporeans were encouraged to donate a dollar, which would again be matched by the government.

Fold a Crane for Charity: In this campaign against hunger, Songhe Fragrant Rice challenged Singaporeans to fold paper cranes. For every paper crane folded, the company donated a bowl of rice to charity. The campaign exceeded all expectations, resulting in 147,480 kilograms of rice getting donated in total.

Grains of Kindness: This is another campaign against hunger launched by Songhe Fragrant Rice. This time, however, instead of making paper cranes, people were encouraged to post photographs of random acts of kindness to Facebook. Each photo earned a 10kg donation of rice.

Hair for Hope: In this campaign, launched by the Children’s Cancer Foundation, participants shaved their heads in solidarity with cancer parents who lost their hair to chemotherapy. Shavees solicited donations or sponsorships for the cause, while proving that baldness was nothing to be ashamed of.

Giving Tuesday: In 2013, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Center designated the last Tuesday in November to be Giving Tuesday. On this day, Singaporeans are encouraged to donate to a number of charitable organizations. The day also includes social media campaigns, volunteer opportunities, corporate donors and sponsorships.

Giving Week: Due to its success, Giving Tuesday was expanded into Giving Week, beginning the last Tuesday in November and stretching into the first week of December. Giving Week came with more campaigns, more charities, and more corporate sponsorships.

For a Golden Home: Singapore has an aging population. Many elderly Singaporeans live alone in small apartments, often in poor conditions. For a Golden Home raises money to improve these apartments, and enlists the help of volunteers to go in and clean everything up.

President’s Challenge: Begun by President S.R. Nathan in 2000, the President’s Challenge is a platform for individuals and corporations to engage with a number of charitable organizations. Beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge, as well as the amount that they receive, are decided by the Office of the President.

Heartstrings Walk: Community Chest, the charitable arm of the National Council of Social Services, is a charitable organization that helps disabled people integrate into society, learn skills, and realize their potential. Their annual Heartstrings Walk takes participants on a walk around the city, in return for donations and sponsorships.

 

A Happy New Year for The Little Sisters Fund

The Little Sisters Fund helps economically disadvantaged Nepalese girls to become empowered leaders.  Through education and community support, we aim to contribute to the development of a more equitable and prosperous world. All children deserve the right to education, regardless of the basis of gender. With the Little Sisters Fund, 98% of Little Sisters continue in the program and with their studies every year. To compare, only 56% of poor rural girls complete primary school, and just over 20% complete grades 9 and 10.

The Little Sisters Fund is filled with gratitude for the opportunity of the future, of 2017. Continuing to support over two thousand Little Sisters, they are extraordinarily grateful for the chance to continue letting their lives flourish.  They show dedication and compassion every day.

The gratitude they show on a daily basis inspires us to work even harder. Each Little Sister’s education is fully funded through twelfth grade and that they will soar into college and their adult life after they graduate from our program.

Happy 2017 from the Little Sisters Fund. Hopefully it is filled with the same compassion, dedication, and gratitude lived out by the Little Sisters every day.

The Latest from Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore

It’s been a great year for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Singapore, an organization Anthony S Casey is proud to be a part of.

 

Anthony would like to share the story of Raphael.

Raphael was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but it hasn’t stopped him from being his hyper and active self.  When his Wish Granters discovered his dream about an awesome Nerf War Party, they dreamed up the best wish day ever.

With a lot of encouragement from Raphael’s class teacher and principal, his school hall into an Nerf War Boot Camp.

Complete with obstacle courses, camouflage netting and Nerf guns, the boot camp was actually one big surprise. During a phys. ed class, he was completely taken aback. He walked into the hall; instead of gym class, a nerf war party!

It wasn’t easy, either. The obstacles required jumping, crawling, balancing, throwing and marksmanship training with Nerf guns.

On his Wish Day, Raphael was escorted by a convoy of Land Rovers to his wish party venue. Outfitted in a soldier’s uniform tailored to his size and sporting a beret, Raphael looked very much the part of a soldier defending his country against the “red army”.  Thanks to his Wish Granters Christie, Jonathan and Hao Ren, Land Rover Singapore for the spectacular convoy, and the dozens of volunteers who made the Nerf war party a memorable one for Raphael to cherish.

 

Make-A-Wish reminds you to sign up for the Santa Run this November to fundraise for this great foundation.

Last year over 3,500 runners participated in the event.  If every one of us inspires just 1 other person to join, we could double that number!  5,000 Santas is the goal.

Register now and receive a Santa or Elf t-shirt, designed special for the event. Or, come as a favorite holiday character or tradition, in your most creative Christmas-themed costume. If you win best-dressed you will recieve a four day three night ClubMed Bintan trip for two adults and two children!
All registration and donation proceeds will go towards Make-A-Wish in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Registration ends soon so sign up now here or call 63349474 for more information.

 

Anthony S Casey can’t wait for you to join Make-A-Wish Singapore!

How Future Generations Will Define Philanthropy

Millennials is not always a nice term. People typically think of this generation as a self-centered, lazy, materialistic bunch.

But, millennials are actually a lot more generous than you think.

According to an article in CNBC, millennials are on track to be the next major donors. On average, millennials donate an annual gift of $481 US dollars.

An article from the Case foundation cites that millennials practice philanthropy in the same ways as older generations. But, their underlying motivations are different. Passion, meeting people and enhancing expertise in certain fields now influence this young influential generation to contribute to their society.

The generation of coffee-drinking, small-batch draft beer preferring college-educated courageous young people, or sometimes known as millennials, who are heralding in a new age of giving. Because of this, we need to think of an “appendage” to the existing definition of philanthropy, which reflects new criteria and includes the time spent with the cause, talent one can use to benefit the cause, financial contributions donated for charitable work (even $5 per month), the influence of an individual’s voice advocating and educating others, and the potential to grow one’s network through leveraging personal and professional relationship.

Millennials are happy to participate. It’s good for nonprofits and charities to institute a set of guidelines for volunteers and donors. This way institutions can expect them to work or give within those specific parameters without risking losing your framework. Why turn away something positive and impactful just because it’s not the way you’ve always done things? Remember, millennials don’t “give” to organizations. They support causes. Because this demographic typically spends so much of their social lives on the internet, on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, they have the power to connect with hundreds of people to a cause they’re passionate about.

Nonprofits are now forced to clean up their act and be a little more transparent. This is because millennials demand engagement. These people want to be informed of where their money is going and how they are making an impact. They’d rather stay connected than donate once and forget about it. Stay in touch with these young philanthropists and philanthropy will change forever.

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The Major Leagues of Giving Back

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We love stories of celebrities giving back to the communities that raised them or to the world at large. Bill Gates is an obvious example. The legacy created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation may very well dwarf the legacy of Microsoft. People who made their fortunes in the public have a bit more scrutiny on them to give back. Especially for athletes or movie stars, we look for them to be philanthropic, in part because their fortunes exist thanks to the tickets purchased by fans, either to the cinema or the stadium. Sometimes we are left wanting, but there are plenty of stories of your favorite stars giving back in very significant ways. Let’s take a look at an example of such; when a star has done so much for their community that the rest of the world takes note. I am talking about none other than football star Didier Drogba.

Drogba is a veteran footballer, currently playing for the Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer in North America. However, he is best known as a striker for Chelsea. He played in London for the Blues for 8 years from 2004-2012 (he also signed for a season in 2014). His professional successes include winning the league numerous times, claiming all the cups you could carry, and even a game winner in the Champions League final (sure it was in the penalty shootout, but his equalizer in the dying minutes of the match got them there). And when he was not scoring against Arsenal, Drogba was playing for his homeland — the Ivory Coast.

His connection to the Ivory Coast is where his philanthropy grew from. The Didier Drogba Foundation has donated millions of dollars to projects benefitting children all across Africa. Most famously;

Drogba donated his entire £3 million signing fee from a Pepsi sponsorship to build a hospital his hometown of Abidjan.

Most significant, though, is Drogba’s direct contribution to returning peace to the Ivory Coast. In the mid-2000s, the country was embroiled in a bloody civil war, with violence threatening all Ivorians constantly. At the height of the violence, the White Elephants were trying to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. After a decisive victory, cameras flooded into the locker room to capture the rapturous celebrations from the squad. Presented with this opportunity, Drogba grabbed a microphone, dropped to his knees, and begged for peace. He pleaded for the rebel forces and the government alike to lay down their arms. No more than a week later, a ceasefire was declared.

 

Soon after, Drogba was again able to bring his country closer together. The Ivorian team was set to play Madagascar in an African Nations Cup qualifier. He used his considerable leverage to arrange for the match to be played in Bouake, a northern city in the heart of the rebel’s stronghold. It was the first time a match had been played in the north of the Ivory Coast since the civil war began. Drogba watched on as leaders from both the warring factions stood side by side for the national anthem. In an interview with the Telegraph, Didier said, “I felt then that that the Ivory Coast was born again.”

 

The White Elephants won that match 5-0. Following the landslide victory, government and rebel forces joined in the streets to celebrate. Afterward, the leader of the rebel forces was quoted, “The 5-nil scoreline represents five goals to erase five years of suffering. It would have taken months and even years for my ministry to achieve what Didier Drogba and his teammates have achieved in 90 minutes”

 

It was for these contributions that Time Magazine named Didier Drogba on their list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2010. Many athletes attach their names to civil centers, or donate to charities, but in terms of real-world benefits, few can match the Ivory Coast’s favorite son, Didier Drogba. Similar to Bill Gates, his greatest legacy may not be his professional accomplishments, but rather what those accomplishments allowed him to do.

Nias Orphanage Building Fund

Indonesia is a massive, sprawling country.  It is made up of 17,508 islands (only around 6,000 are inhabited by people) and it takes 12 hours to fly from one side of the country to the other. It has the second-highest amount of biodiversity in the world. It is also geographically diverse; however, this leave Indonesia vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters.  For the people who live on the islands of Indonesia, the risk of natural disaster threatens to uproot the promise of a stable life. 

In Indonesia’s poorest regions, Anthony S. Casey has contributed to efforts that help children rebuild their lives are devastating natural disasters.

The New Community Home Nias is an orphanage where children can find a home again.

There was a time when a tsunami hit Nias.  Reverend Soh Chye Kiong speaks of the The New Church Singapore’s involvement in the video above.

The church was actually exploring Thailand and Cambodia, reaching out to help children in these places. But when a friend of theirs told me of the plight of children in Nias in Indonesia, they discovered many children in need; orphans and unattended children with no community or support. Here, they found a piece of land, leased it, and started with a group of seven children.  They are growing everyday through love and compassion of the children at the orphanage. The children attend school; learning math, geography, history, science, and basic skills. Reverend Soh Chye Kiong speaks of plans to continue reaching out to the community. The children at Nias are truly inspiring. After so much hardship, their dreams are strong – young Rahel wants to be a teacher; Jonathan wants to be a policeman.

The Nias Orphanage has achieved so much for the children of Indonesia and Anthony S. Casey is eager to see its continued future growth.

Pimp My Tuk Tuk

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Do you know what a Tuk Tuk is? Only some of the most colorful, creative, and unique auto rickshaws in the world. A common form of transportation in urban areas like Sri Lanka, these three-wheeled automobiles pack some serious power. Pimp My Tuk Tuk (PMTT) travels all over Sri Lanka and Singapore, visiting cities like Colombo, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kandy, and more.

Participants of the PMTT challenge are dedicated to supporting local communities and changing them for the better. Primary donation recipient organizations are Foundation of Goodness and Food from the Heart. PMTT made their first donation to Foundation of Goodness June 2015.

Little Sisters Fund

“We know that there is no tool for development more powerful than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.”

Kofi Annan, 2003

Anthony S Casey is also a member of the Little Sisters Fund, an organization dedicated to providing life-changing educational services to girls in the underprivileged regions of Asia. By providing long-term support, they can help end forced Child Labor, Child Marriage, and Child Trafficking. Programs include Individual Sponsorship (ISP), School Scholarships (SSP), and more. In the ISP, Little Sisters write their sponsor monthly while $3,500 covers her complete education including 10 years of tuition, books, supplies, and uniform.

2015 was an especially difficult year in Nepal. In April and May, earthquakes and continuous aftershocks, devastated the country.  Paired with political unrest and dissatisfaction stemming from the new constitution, the work of Usha, Ramesh and Yashoda in past months is particularly impressive. The Little Sisters Fund currently supports over 1,900 Little Sisters with long-term scholarships.

By training and performing in triathlons, Anthony S Casey and his team fundraise for this great organization.

Little Sisters Fund 7min Video from Trevor Patzer on Vimeo.

 

Anthony has been an active donor since 2007.  This past year, 2015, was by almost any measure, the most difficult twelve months of Little Sisters Fund’s 18-year history.

Despite the earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks, political unrest, and fuel crisis, the group accomplished a great deal in 2015.

A few highlights include:

  • 350+ new Little Sisters. This brings the total number of girls currently receiving support to about 2,000.
  • 97% pass rate on the School Leaving Certificate exam.  More than double the national rate!
  • A rapid, multi-faceted earthquake response effort, which reached more than 5,000 people in need.
  • New programs and partnerships

You can click here to read the Little Sisters Fund 2015 Annual Report.

Anthony S Casey is proud to make such fantastic changes possible. With hope for the future, the work moving forward is as much part of those who donate as the organization’s efforts itself.

For more information, be sure to check out the Little Sisters Fund website.