Diminishing volunteer pools. Discouraging donation rates. Duplication of efforts by various agencies. The social sector has been hit the hardest by the pandemic, but resourceful social organisations in Singapore are finding new ways to thrive in the new normal. In this think piece, we share how social organisations have successfully responded to the pandemic by evolving their operations and adopting new processes.

Royalty-free vector illustration by Freepik.

In with everything tech and virtual

In spite of government grants and donations from corporate sponsors, many social organisations were reeling from the inability to conduct in-person fundraising events during the Circuit Breaker period. …

Holding the key to children’s future through education, Empower2Free teaches fundamental life skills that are not found in schools. Primarily teaching money management skills that integrates financial literacy training with self-awareness and life hacks, Empower2Free essentially empowers children and youths to be independent adults in tomorrow’s workforce.

Prior to COVID-19, Empower2Free ran numerous face-to-face workshops and created games like DebtMaster and The Inequality Mass, incorporating elements of debts, insurance and investment into their gameplay. Participants learnt jargon commonly used in the financial world. However, due to COVID-19, face-to-face training could no longer resume during the lockdown. They then started rolling…

credit: https://www.careersocius.com/about

Founded in mid-2017, CareerSocius aims to empower all job-seekers to maximise their career potential, regardless of one’s identity. The social enterprise provides professional help in personal branding packages — such as resume writing, cover letter writing and interview preparations. In addition, they partner with different institutions and also conduct resume and interview workshops, providing insights on career discovery such as ways to crack into different work industries.

When COVID-19 struck, CareerSocius saw an influx in the number of customers on the personal branding front. With a greater engagement rate and a higher demand in their services, CareerSocius saw business booming…

The social service ecosystem in Singapore is subject to rapid-changing trends and social expectations. To ensure your sustainability, you need to be on your feet and stay in the know about these developments. In this article, we provide you with a rundown of three important trends that have characterised the sector.

#1 Of disruption and competition

According to Hsieh Fu Hua, former President of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), the social sector is experiencing considerable disruption as for-profit organisations are entering the sector to offer services in a more cost-effective manner. For example, many nursing homes are now…

Not only can capacity building improve your social organisation’s productivity and service delivery, but it also builds resilience in an environment characterised by continual change. In this article, we share tips on how you could make good use of capacity development opportunities today. You’re welcome!

Royalty-free vector illustration by the godly Freepik.

#1 Tech for good

Video analytic and facial recognition programmes. AI robots. Intelligent monitoring sensors. Yes, they exist and will help you overcome your manpower challenges amid an ageing population and shrinking workforce. Furthermore, the usage of data analytics could boost the effectiveness of your operations and volunteer engagement efforts. Unveiled at the Social Service…

Sometimes, volunteering simply starts when we find a worthy cause. For 24-year-old Brendan Ong, it was in 2015. He had witnessed how someone close to him struggled with their mental health and it encouraged him to join the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) as a volunteer.

Recognising that he had some free time on his hands during his National Service (NS), Brendan decided that he wanted to contribute back to society, specifically the mental health community. He had found and understood his purpose for volunteering then: “to help reintegrate the lives of patients back to society”.

However, as Brendan entered…

Last October, Thrive Social Consulting (previously known as the COVID-19 NPO Taskforce) organised a webinar named Reimagining Singapore’s Social Sector: Resilient and Future-ready for more than 150 social sector leaders in Singapore. The session had also introduced three interesting and strategic questions that managers and leaders of every non-profit organisation should be asking themselves in their navigation of the COVID-19 era. Allow us to share these useful questions with you and offer suggestions for your organisation to tackle the challenges brought about by the new normal.

Royalty-free vector illustration by the godly Freepik.

1. Do your actions and impact achieve the organisation’s intended goal?

Social organisations are…

As 2021 progresses with the COVID-19 situation gradually becoming under control, we look back at how the pandemic has affected the social sector, specifically social organisations in our community.

(Photo credit: SUN-DAC Facebook)

In this article, we hear from Mr Quek Hong Choon, Executive Director of SUN-DAC on how COVID-19 has affected his company services and his thoughts on volunteering. Established in 1990, SUN-DAC is a non-profit social service agency which serves and cares for persons with disabilities as well as providing support to caregivers. With 3 existing centres in present, SUN-DAC was previously the first void deck Day Activity Centre in the community.

The best part about volunteering is “seeing the smiles on [the beneficiaries’] faces, the sense of making a difference, knowing that someone else’s life is better because of what we have done.

When we think of connections made while volunteering, we often think of the connections between a volunteer and the people they work with. In fact, these were the kinds of connections that motivated Julian to continue volunteering.

Julian Choo, 25, started volunteering in 2014 while performing his National Service. For him, the daily routine of “eat, sleep and work” was “too comfortable” and he wanted to do “something…

We wouldn’t be lying if we said that 2020, which for the most part was plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic, has upended progress in Singapore’s philanthropic and volunteering scene. With a sluggish economy and job losses in tow, Singaporeans are volunteering and donating less. While it is hard to blame them for choosing to focus on their own economic security, social organisations that rely on volunteers to achieve their mission are now forced to undergo a rethink in their volunteer management strategies. How can they make the best out of the gloomy situation? …

The Skills For Good Team

We are the Social Good Advisor team at Skills for Good, helping social organisations across the globe to deliver impact

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store