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By Mr Suhaimi Salleh (republished) on 02 Dec 2015

Written by Mr Suhaimi Salleh in Oct 2011, he penned his opinions of the CAS which was launched in June 2011. The CAS was customised for charities to make it more relevant and less onerous, especially for smaller charities that were just starting out.

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By ISCA (republished) on 25 Nov 2015

Contributed by ISCA, the article provides the perspective on “auditing charities” from both the charities and auditors. It also mentioned that the problem is not insurmountable and can be fixed if charities adjust their own expectations of auditors, and also if auditors’ perspectives of the charity sector change.

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By Bain & Company (republished) on 25 Nov 2015

This Bain & Company study, done in collaboration with CNPL, finds that as Singapore’s nonprofits expand, they are learning to tackle the challenges that hinder their ability to serve more people in need.  

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  • Written by Centre for Social Development (Asia) and published in the IS Chartered Accountant journal, this is the seventh article of the series themed “Accounting for Good”. Accountants could help Charities conduct a thorough review on whether it has maintained a sufficient level of reserves to ensure its sustainability, as well as in developing a reserves policy to govern the use of reserves. To address (investment management) challenges, accountants, together with investment professionals, can help advice Charities on an investment policy to determine the amount to invest at a risk level acceptable to stakeholders.

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  • Written by Centre for Social Development (Asia) and published in the IS Chartered Accountant journal, this is the fifth article of the series themed “Accounting for Good”. Having economic clarity not only helps Charities to make better strategic decisions in the allocation of their scarce resources, it also allows them to have a defensible basis to justify their level of spending as well as obtain funding for their programmes based on full costs. As donors seek more information to make informed giving decisions, Charities could provide greater economic clarity on the full costs of their programmes, to help them better articulate their strategies and secure sustainable funding.

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  • This article was first published on SMU’s website on 20 December 2016. Re-published with permission from the Singapore Management University (SMU).

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  • Written by Centre for Social Development (Asia) and published in the IS Chartered Accountant journal, this is the third article of the series themed “Accounting for Good”. It highlights the importance of adopting the Charities Accounting Standards (CAS).

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