Harnessing our strengths for good
Singapore is home to more than 150 international non-profit organisations (INPOs), attracted to the country's expertise in policy design and social work. They are making use of Singapore's global connectivity, pro-business environment and growing presence in innovative philanthropy to form strategic partnerships. For example, the Kuehne Foundation and the National University of Singapore collaborated to form the KF-NUS Humanitarian Logistics-Asia Pacific Education Centre, aimed at training disaster-relief providers for INPOs.
Expanding Asia's donor base
Singapore makes good use of its position as a key wealth and financial hub in Asia to help INPOs reach out to the region's expanding donor base. The growing sectors of regional social finance and impact investing activities in Singapore further creates alternative financing solutions for INPOs.
The International Organisations Programme Office (IOPO) was established in 2007 solely to help INPOs set up base in Singapore. Other resources are available to INPOs, including dedicated spaces for their operations at the Tanglin International Centre (TIC) and iHUB.
Our Focus Moving Ahead
Triggering social change
The city is recognised as a key global platform to exchange ideas and brainstorm on ways to accelerate social impact. Singapore is increasingly becoming the hub where impact investors, philanthropy practitioners, social entrepreneurs, network intermediaries and thought leaders gather to meet and exchange ideas, as well as build and connect an active and collaborative social sector ecosystem in Asia and beyond. There is a need for more meetings to connect global thought leaders and practitioners. Key events in Singapore include the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Conference, Impact Forum and Base of Pyramid (BoP) World Convention & Expo.