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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 6th Charity Council is Mr Gerard Ee. He is the former president of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).

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.

Safer Giving is about ensuring your donation is used for a genuine charitable purpose. As giving is powerful, we strongly encourage members of the public to give safely and practise the following steps of “Ask. Check. Give.”:

 

Ask before giving:

i.               Who is the beneficiary?

ii.              What will my donations be used for?

iii.             How can I receive updates?

 

Check the fund-raiser’s legitimacy and terms and conditions:

i.               scan the QR code on the fund-raising permit;

ii.              SMS to 79777; or

iii.             visit the Charity Portal and search for the charity name.

 

Give with a peace of mind.

 

For more information on Safer Giving, please click here.

The Charity Council developed the Code of Governance in 2007, to set out principles and best practices in key areas of governance and management that charities are encouraged to adopt. The first refined Code was issued in January 2011.

The Council initiated a second refinement in 2015 to provide greater clarity and relevance about good governance to the charity sector. The second refined Code was issued on 6 April 2017.

The Board of each charity has the responsibility to implement good governance practices for the effective performance and operation of their charity. The Charity Council hopes that this Code will help charities prepare themselves to cater to an increasingly discerning public and allow members of the public to understand the hallmarks of good governance

More information can be found here.

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