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The Charity Council aims to fulfil the following roles:

  • Promoter - promote and encourage the adoption of good governance standards and best practices, to enhance public confidence in the charity sector.
  • Enabler - help build the governance capabilities of charities to enable them to comply with regulatory requirements and be more accountable to the public.
  • Advisor - advise the Commissioner of Charities  on key regulatory issues where there may be broad-ranging impact on the charity sector

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The chairman of the 5th Charity Council is Mr Gerard Ee. He is president of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and serves as chairman of the ISCA Executive Committee.

Possessing a passion for both the community service and corporate sector, he had served as the President of the National Council of Social Service, National Kidney Foundation and was a Board Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory and Council Member of the Accounting Standards Council.

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The Office of Commissioner of Charities (COC) regulates charities and Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) with the help of 5 Sector Administrators. More information on the Office of Commissioner of Charities can be found here.

The Charity Council was legally appointed on 1 March 2007 to advise and provide recommendations to the Commissioner of Charities on key regulatory issues that have broad-ranging impact as well as promoting self-regulation and good governance standards in the charity sector.

Together, the Office of Commissioner of Charities, Sector Administrators and the Charity Council work closely together to achieve the shared vision of a well-governed and thriving charity sector.


Charity Portal (www.charities.gov.sg) is a one-stop service portal for charities to perform transactions and for members of the public to search for charity information. It is also a place to view latest charity news and updates from the Office of Commissioner of Charities.

The Charity Governance Awards (CGA) recognises charities that have adopted the highest standards of governance. An initiative of the Charity Council, the CGA aims to promote good governance in the charity sector by acknowledging the excellent work of charities, while inspiring others to emulate their best practices.

More information can be found here.

The Charity Transparency Framework (CTF) serves to help charities enhance their disclosure and governance practices. It also serves as a public education tool for charities and public by highlighting key areas of disclosure that will aid in informed giving.

More information can be found here.

It is important to know where your donations go to and how it is being utilised. By understanding more about the charitable causes and beneficiaries, this would help you to make a more informed decision when responding to appeals for donations.  

More information can be found here.

The Code of Governance was developed by the Charity Council in 2007. It sets out the principles and best practices in key areas of governance and management for charities. It was refined in 2011 to provide greater clarity and relevance about good governance to the charity sector. The Governance Evaluation Checklist covers the key principles and guidelines in the code which is designed to help charities self-evaluate their compliance.

More information can be found here.

You may contact the Charity Council Secretariat at Charity_Council_Sec@mccy.gov.sg.