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Donors – Not Just Crowdfunding Websites – Must Exercise Discretion

Even though the abuse of crowdfunding websites in Singapore appears to be the exception, rather than the norm, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) is right to work “with key players in the crowdfunding scene to develop a set of best practices for crowdfunding sites” (ST, Nov. 30). Yet missing from this endeavour is a more concerted call for donors themselves to exercise greater discretion when giving money – online, and even offline – and in this vein hold non-profit causes and organisations to greater account. This is even more critical, if one considers the ease with which potential abusers can turn to other platforms such as direct bank or money transfers to solicit donations for ill intentions. Continue reading

Like Healthcare, Social Care Should Be Coordinated Too. Here Are Four Proposals.

Greater coordination in Singapore’s social service sector – like the healthcare sector – is welcomed. Here are four proposals which could set the ground for it: A need-centric (not programme-centric) approach, digitisation and collaborative data analysis, rigorous programme evaluation, and more productive intermediaries. Continue reading

The Social Service Sector Needs Long-Term Investments, Not Just Short-Term Fixes

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is right to argue that Singapore’s ecosystem of volunteerism and philanthropy needs improvement, but we need long-term investments, not short-term fixes such as skills-based volunteerism or micro-volunteering activities. And as an intermediary, the NVPC has more critical roles to play too. Continue reading

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