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.

 

Pioneering A New Investment

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Anthony S. Casey of Swiss Asia explains the firm’s offering of the Football Finance Note, and how it provides Asia’s wealthy with the opportunity to buy into English and European soccer. The next step is a similar product for other sports such as cricket, tennis, golf and more.

 

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Education and Inspiration from the Little Sisters Fund

2017 is here. Anthony S Casey is proud to support the Little Sisters Fund based out of Nepal. He are continually impressed by the achievements of our Little Sisters. They have already completed so much in the past few months! At the request of our partner schools, we are expanding our primary educator training program to Middle School this year! Plus, Little Sisters is touring soon to visit supporters.

The end of year fundraising campaign was a resounding success. Exceeded our goal by over 25 percent, over 2,000 girls are in school and Little Sisters is able to support them thanks to sponsors like Anthony S Casey.

Here are some highlights from recent successes.

 

Educator Training

Our Little Sisters receive the best education possible we strive to achieve this through the Primary Educator Training (PET) program. One school at a time, Little Sisters Fund continues to partner with schools to improve the Nepali education system for all students.

PET trains primary level teachers to use child-focused teaching methods that encourage analytical and critical thinking. In 2016, we conducted 22 trainings in 8 districts. 360 teachers attended these trainings, indirectly impacting approximately 9,000 students throughout Nepal. In 2017 as we work toward our goal of training teachers in all 90+ LSF primary partner schools. The PET course has been so successful at the primary level that, at the request of our partner schools, we’re putting together a pilot program to extend the course to secondary level teachers.

Meet Tribisha

In Nepal, any disability, and specifically one of this magnitude, can keep a girl out of school and cloistered or hidden away in the home. Tribisha was born with spina bifida and must use crutches and leg braces to walk. She has always been determined to defy the odds that have been stacked against her since birth.

Tribisha joined LSF in 2011. Now 16 years old, she inspires us with her determination and accomplishments. She was awarded the “Disabled Student Genius Award” for her high marks on the School Leaving Certificate exam in December and she will soon be publishing her first short novel, Niruta, which tells the story of the challenges a young girl faces growing up in Nepal.

Little Sisters is incredibly proud of Tribisha’s achievements and we look forward to watching her continue to inspire the girls who follow in her path. Read more of her story on LittleSistersFund.org.

 

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 Kidney Dialysis Foundation: Helping Singapore’s Neediest

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organisation that endeavors to treat patients from the lowest of the 10% income group in Singapore.

Approximately 1 in 9 Singaporeans suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can eventually lead to kidney failure. How can we treat kidney failure, especially for those who cannot afford health care?

Dr Gordon Ku, a kidney specialist established the KDF in February 1996 to provides subsidized dialysis treatment. By attending to a niche group of patients, such as cleaners, store assistants, and taxi drivers, the KDF changes the lives of needy members of the community.  Patients are referred by medical social workers, and through KDF’s resources, are not be deprived of treatment due to financial restraints.

KDF takes a holistic approach when caring for patients.  It is KDF’s mission to ensure the patients’ well-being. They can do this by kindling hope and strength to make life more meaningful; even for the most destitute.

The foundation, with the support of donors and sponsors, has set up a several campuses to care for its patients. Through 2016, KDF has served over 818 patients – 77 of which have undergone successful kidney transplantations.

 

Through medical outreach, education, and fundraising, KDF has changed in the lives of hundreds of people. They reach out to the community through multifaceted educational efforts, utilizing the “3 P’s” of Education – Public, Patient and Professional. In the public sphere, it has produced the “New Lease of Life” stores, featured eight episodes portraying real KDF patients who are live with the daily battle of life with with kidney diseases. With patients, they take care to instruct and guide all pre-ESRD patients and their families on the available treatment options. Professionally, KDF annually trains its staff: they update staff in the practice of nephrology, for example.

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation serves about 338 patients currently. Annually, at least $4 million is needed to cover medical costs and to support research for a cure.

Anthony S Casey recently made a generous donation to the KDF. You can too!

Donations are accepted online: Donate to KDF

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.

Autism Resource Centre

The Autism Resource Centre’s mission is to “help individuals with an autism spectrum disorder maximise their potential in life through advocacy and provision of services in education, employment and empowering of family caregivers / professionals.”

Earlier this month, the organization, in conjunction with the Dance Spectrum Institute (DSI), hosted a “Concert of Hope,” a dance performance at the Republic Cultural Centre, Singapore. Guest of Honor, Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng in the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Guest Member, Ms Irene Ng attended the December 4th performance.

DSI donated all proceeds to the Employability and Employment Centre of the Autism Resource Centre. Donors contributed via director sponsorship, ticket purchases, sponsor-a-child programs, and the sponsor souvenir programme.

For more information, be sure to visit the Autism Research Centre website.

2015 Dec: Make a Wish Foundation

Anthony is a proud sponsor of the Make a Wish Foundation. This month, Make a Wish sponsored one child’s “Pony Day Out.” Not only was little Arifah able to flaunt her very best ‘My Little Pony’ attire, but she also built her very own pony at Build-A-Bear Singapore. After registering the “birth” of her pony, Arifah received another surprise – she got to spend the rest of the day interacting with real ponies! She and her family participated in a guided tour of the stable, a pony grooming session, and exclusive pony rides. A ‘My Little Pony’ themed party was held in her honor, including exciting activities like face painting, a magic show, balloon sculpting, and a photo booth.

The Santa Run for Wishes and Annual Christmas Party happened this past November as well. Participants completed a 2KM or 5KM family-friendly fun-run along Palawan Beach accompanied by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Ji. Runners were also invited to an exclusive evening at Universal Studios Singapore. That same night, 1,400 Wish Children and their families attended the Annual Christmas party at USS.

Upcoming events include the Drew & Napier Christmas Party and TANGS Christmas Fundraiser. For more details, be sure to check out the newsletter here.