The Community Chest of Singapore
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (August 2008)|
Community Chest (Singapore) is a non-profit organisation that channels resources to the social service sector in Singapore. It was established in 1983 to centralise the fund-raising activities of its member Voluntary Welfare Organisations, to ensure that its members could concentrate on providing services and to reduce fund-raising expenses.
The Community Chest is headed by a committee with members from various sectors and occupations. The current chairman, Mr. Phillip Tan, the National Council of Social Service(NCSS) board vice-president, who is the group finance director at CityState Capital Asia.
The funds raised by the Community Chest are used for programmes that fall into four broad categories:
- Children with special needs to reach potential
- Adults with disabilities to integrate into society
- Relationships of families in difficulty to stay strong
- Elderly to age graciously in the community
In 2007, the Community Chest raised $52 million that was made available to more than 140 programmes. Singapore Pools and the Totalisator Board sponsor all of Community Chest's fund-raising costs.
Community Chest raises funds through various means. These include:
- SHARE - Donors allow monthly donations to be deducted directly from their pay.
- Heartstrings walk - An annual event where thousands participate in a walk around the city area.