Future of Giving & Launch of Giving.SG

SGfuture is a new citizen engagement series to provide Singaporeans with a platform to come together to share their views, aspirations and ideas for the future.


It’s common to catch a Singaporean beaming with pride when talking about our garden city, airport, efficiency and local food culture. But what else makes up the heart of Singapore? Can we turn into a city of good?

On Dec 2, giving influencers, corporates and the non-profit sector gathered for a dialogue at The Marketplace at Gardens by the Bay to envision the Future of Giving and how they could turn it into reality.

“We want to leave behind legacies, not just a series of fireworks and concerts. We want to make this really, a change in the world,” said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu to a room of social change-makers. “That change cannot be directed by the government, it has to come from the heart and from the people.”

A nationwide movement is on its way to encourage philanthropy and spread the spirit of giving and caring. It’s vision: To turn Singapore into the City of Good, where graciousness, compassion and generosity are shared traits of Singaporeans. #GivingWeek, from 1 to 7 December, hopes to inspire people to collaborate in improving local communities, give back in impactful ways to the causes they support and to be a game changer in their own rights.

We asked some participants to share their views on what a City of Good means to them and how they see their role in the future of giving.

“I’m an optimist so inherently I see the good in all people. A city of good is a place where you see the good in people. I see myself as a small little piece of the puzzle, just trying to do my part for something bigger.”  – Local singer Nathan Hartono, who shot a music video with beneficiaries from Club Rainbow, who will donate $1 each time the video is shared online.

“A City of Good is one where the whole community moves forward together supporting each other by addressing the needs of today to build a stronger future. With so many social narratives and needs, I see myself helping to build connections that inspire meaningful social impact.” - Nadim van der Ros, Founder of Be An Idea, a platform and consultancy that works with social impact organisations and brands.

“A city of positive vibes, especially online there’s a lot of negativity. Before we even start about volunteering or donating we need to have a positive mindset. It will reflect in our actions. We are all in a way tiny, but without all these tiny parts we cannot form a city of good. It is not about one foundation making a large sum of donation to all the beneficiaries in town. It is a ground-up movement that needs to be sparked off by individuals or small groups.” – Andrew Tan, co-founder of The Shiok Collective, a social enterprise that supports local communities.

“Singapore always wants to be best in the world, and even as we continue to strive to be as such, a City of Good means that we also want to be best for the world. That’s why I believe that we can harness the power of stories and digital media in an innovative way that brings the global community to do good, so this becomes an initiative born from Singapore for a global audience. Singapore can’t be a global city without a heart.” – Rebecca Lim, head of Our Better World, a digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation.

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  • “A city of positive vibes, especially online there’s a lot of negativity. Before we even start about volunteering or donating we need to have a positive mindset. It will reflect in our actions. We are all in a way tiny, but without all these tiny parts we cannot form a city of good. It is not about one foundation making a large sum of donation to all the beneficiaries in town. It is a ground-up movement that needs to be sparked off by individuals or small groups.” – Andrew Tan, co-founder of The Shiok Collective, a social enterprise that supports local communities.
  • “A City of Good is one where the whole community moves forward together supporting each other by addressing the needs of today to build a stronger future. With so many social narratives and needs, I see myself helping to build connections that inspire meaningful social impact.” - Nadim van der Ros, Founder of Be An Idea, a platform and consultancy that works with social impact organisations and brands.
  • “I’m an optimist so inherently I see the good in all people. A city of good is a place where you see the good in people. I see myself as a small little piece of the puzzle, just trying to do my part for something bigger.” – Local singer Nathan Hartono, who shot a music video with beneficiaries from Club Rainbow, who will donate $1 each time the video is shared online.
  • “Singapore always wants to be best in the world, and even as we continue to strive to be as such, a City of Good means that we also want to be best for the world. That’s why I believe that we can harness the power of stories and digital media in an innovative way that brings the global community to do good, so this becomes an initiative born from Singapore for a global audience. Singapore can’t be a global city without a heart.” – Rebecca Lim, head of Our Better World, a digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation.

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