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Economic Contribution of Philanthropy: A Critical AnalysisThere are various measures of impact, such as number of jobs created, converting time or money donated into percentage of GDP and benefits to givers when they give. These measures help to decide on the "best use of resources”, but “softer” benefits of philanthropy and volunteering are harder to measure.
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Vicky Pryce
Nonprofit Starvation CycleA vicious cycle is leaving nonprofits so hungry for decent infrastructure that they can barely function as organisations—let alone serve their beneficiaries. The cycle starts with funders’ unrealistic expectations about how much running a nonprofit costs. To break the cycle, funders must take the lead.
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Ann Goggins Gregory & Don Howard
Health (2009)Health care goes beyond hospitals and doctors, important as they are. It also involves people staying healthy for as long as possible, how to ensure proper care when people fall sick and how to die well.
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NVPC
Children and Youths (2009)Children and youth are generally part of a system including their family, peer group, school and neighbourhood. What happens within the system would impact children. Some children and youth face growing pains. For example, they may need help coping with home and school, arising perhaps from issues with parenting styles, inadequate care from parents (which may arise from marital difficulties or single parenthood, and financial difficulties) or bullying in school. Others may, due to family circumstances or because of learning difficulties, find it hard to cope with school.
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NVPC
Families and Family Service Centres (2009)Families in Singapore may face one or more issues, sometimes at the same time. For example, a child or youth in a family may have issues with parenting styles or even inadequate care from parents. An adult may have to deal with work and family responsibilities including parenting and caring for elderly parents and in-laws, and marital difficulties or single parenthood, and financial difficulties. Family issues may be compounded when families are re-constituted, become transnational (eg spouse works overseas), "sandwiched", or have family members who are born or become ill or disabled.
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NVPC
Study on Institutions of a Public Character (2006)The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) has released the results of its first-ever study on lnstitutions of a Public Character (IPCs). NVPC studied the characteristics of IPCs as well as issues faced in fundraising and volunteer management.
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NVPC
The State of Giving (2005)The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) conducted a major research to shed light on the landscape of giving in Singapore, over 18 months, between 2004 and 2005. The culmination of the research, The State of Giving, consolidates valuable insights on the giving behaviour and motivations of three segments, individuals, corporations and grantmakers, in the giving of time (volunteerism) and money (philanthropy).
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NVPC
Grantmaking: Setting up a Foundation (2005)Grantmakers play an important role in assessing needs, providing solutions and improving communities. In this section, NVPC provides basic information on how to set up a grantmaking foundation.
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NVPC
Boys’ TownThe mission of Boys' Town is to help youth-at-risk become socially integrated, responsible and contributing members of society. Boys' Town provides boarding for boys aged 11 to 18 from troubled and needy families, partners schools to provide social work services (e.g. counselling) to help at-risk youth, and conducts research and training on youth-related issues.
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NVPC
Canossaville Children’s HomeCanossaville Children’s Home (CCH) runs a residential home for young girls ("residents") and a student care centre for children ("students"). Many of their families have caregiving difficulties due to financial, physical and mental health issues or other challenges. CCH provides a stable and nurturing environment, builds their characters, and promotes their well-being and relationships with their families.
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NVPC
Children-At-Risk Empowerment AssociationStress and other negative influences can lead youth to more destructive behaviour. Youth NPOs aim to develop empowered and resilient youth that can cope with such factors. While preventive programmes develop resilience by emphasizing youth strengths, current programmes mostly remediate problems already surfaced. Children-At-Risk-Empowerment Association (CARE), a youth development agency, has been providing preventive programmes since 1997.
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NVPC
Children’s Aid SocietyChildren’s Aid Society (CAS) runs a residential home (Melrose Home) primarily for children in need of care and protection. They also provide supervised care for teenage girls whose misbehaviours are beyond their parents’ control. Children below the age of 12 formed almost 70% of all residents in 2011. Most of CAS’ residents are referred by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and by the Juvenile Court.
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NVPC
HCA Hospice CarePeople with terminal illnesses should be able to treasure their final days and be surrounded by family and friends, ideally in the comfort of their own home. Palliative care is an important part of a terminally ill patient’s final days. Hospices provide palliative care to patients in the last stages of their lives by reducing the severity of their symptoms, managing their pain and providing emotional and spiritual support. In Singapore, an estimated seven in ten dying people go without palliative care and six in ten do not die at home. Started in 1989, HCA Hospice Care is the largest provider of home-based hospice care services in Singapore.
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NVPC
Lions Befrienders Service AssociationThe mission of Lions Befrienders Service Association (LBSA) is to aid in the social well-being of lonely seniors through community participation. LBSA runs a nation-wide befriending programme for isolated seniors, mobilises the community to care for seniors through voluntary work and operates Seniors Activity Centres that run recreational activities for seniors. LBSA won the Non-Profit Organisation Award for Volunteer Management at the 2009 National Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award.
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NVPC
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)4% of Singapore’s population suffers from physical impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual impairment (Singapore Disability Sports Council, 2011). MINDS runs four Special Education Schools (SPED schools) in different parts of Singapore to cater to the special educational needs of children with intellectual disability. The schools cater to children aged 7 years to 18 years old with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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NVPC
O’Joy Care ServicesSingapore’s elderly population is growing rapidly and is estimated to double by 2030. Psychological wellbeing is an important part of an elderly person’s overall health and also affects their physical health outcomes. Sadly, one in 20 seniors suffers from depression and the suicide rate has increased by 50% over the past 10 years. Despite this, only a few Singapore centres provide dedicated psychological care for seniors. O’Joy Care Services is one such centre, founded in 2004 to meet this need.
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NVPC
Rainbow CentreEach year an estimated 3.2% of Singapore’s children (about 7000 children under 6 years old) are diagnosed with a developmental problem. Rainbow Centre provides an Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Young Children as well as two special education schools with programmes for pupils with multiple disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from 7 years to 18 years old.
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NVPC
Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD)About 4% of Singapore’s population suffers from physical impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment or intellectual impairment. (Singapore Disability Sports Council 2011). SPD was first set up with the aim to provide employment opportunities to disabled people. To keep up with changing community needs, it offers a wide range of services such as rehabilitation, education, assistive technology consultation and employment support.
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NVPC
Students Care ServiceStudents face issues like truancy, cyber addiction, coping with relationships and more in their school experience. School social work (SSW), conducted in school and community settings, provide emotional, social and family support for a positive school experience to overcome these issues. Established in the 1970s, Students Care Service (SCS) is the first dedicated SSW NPO.
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TOUCH Seniors Activity CentreAccording to the Census of Population 2010, 8% of seniors live alone. Without company, seniors can grow lonely and depressed, leaving them highly vulnerable and at higher risk of functional decline. Seniors activity centres are community-based centres set up to care for vulnerable seniors, especially those living alone in rental flats. TOUCH Seniors Activity Centre or TSAC supports seniors in the Geylang Bahru neighbourhood. TOUCH Community Services won the Outstanding Non-Profit Organisation Award at the 2007 National Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award.
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NVPC
Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS)Strong mature women are vital to Singapore’s ageing society. Today, for every 1,000 men over the age of 80, there are 1,800 women. Older women face greater health and financial risks compared to older men, and tend to outlive them. Many older women are or will be caregivers within their families and the community. Their happiness and ability to care is affected by their well-being, morale and preparedness for the ageing process. WINGS is dedicated to helping women age successfully.
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NVPC
Singapore Social Health Project 2013The Singapore Social Health Project 2013 was initiated by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) to develop social indicators that would complement existing economic measures of progress in Singapore. Using these reports as a first step, we hope to build a unique Social Health Index to chart social progress in Singapore over time. Such reporting would help identify critical trends and direct relevant and timely action.
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