Charities & Institutions of A Public Character (IPCs)
About Institutions of A Public Character (IPCs)
Code of Governance for Charities and IPCs
Governing Board Members / Trustees
IPC Compliance Requirements
Reporting on Overseas Expenditure
Submission of Annual Report/Financial Statement/Governance Evaluation Checklist
About the Charity Portal
Charities Registered with ACRA or ROS
Charity Portal Downtime
Charity Profile Updates
Duplicated Board Member's Position on Board (appointment)
Email Reminders for Charities to Submit Financial Statements, Annual Reports and Governance Evaluation Checklists
Enquires or Feedback on Processing of Personal Data
Financial Statements and Annual Reports
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Logging into the Charity Portal
Revised Organisation Profile
Submission Status and Updates
Viewing of Annual Reports and Governance Evaluation Checklists
Viewing of Financial Statements and Online Financial Summary by the Public
About Safer Giving
Code of Practice for Online Charitable Fund-Raising Appeals
Fund-Raising for Foreign Charitable Purposes
About the Office of Commissioner of Charities
Business and Institution of a Public Character Partnership Scheme (BIPS)
VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF)
Most Popular Questions
Where do I go to get a fund-raising permit?
Are you applying a fund-raising permit for:
Fund-raising for foreign charitable purposes
How do I find a charity to donate to?
The list of registered charities and Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) can be found on the Charity Portal. You can use the search function on the Portal to obtain basic information on charities, including their vision/objectives and contact details.
IPCs are further required to publicly disclose on the Portal their compliance with a set of good governance guidelines, as well as their Annual Reports and Financial Statements. Qualifying donations to IPCs enjoy income tax exemption.
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What is a Charity?
A Charity is set up exclusively for any of the following charitable objects:
relief of poverty,
advancement of education,
advancement of religion, or
other purposes beneficial to the community, such as:
the advancement of health;
advancement of sport where the sport advances the health of individuals;
the advancement of citizenship or community development;
the advancement of arts, heritage or science;
the advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages;
the advancement of animal welfare.
Please note that fund-raising is not a charitable object.
What is a Society?
A Society is generally formed by a group of like-minded people coming together to pursue a common interest in accordance with the objectives and rules of their Constitution.
Any group of 10 or more persons may be granted registration under the Societies Act, if it is not registered under any other law in Singapore. A society is self-governing, as its members will typically elect from among themselves a management committee to look after its day-to-day affairs. Other requirements for a Society are spelt out in the Societies Act, which can be found at the Registry of Societies
Who is the Commissioner of Charities (COC)?
The Commissioner of Charities (COC) is Dr Ang Hak Seng, BBM. He was officially appointed on 16 January 2017.
Prior to his appointment as the COC, Dr Ang served in various positions in the public service, including Chief Executive Director of the People's Association, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Promotion Board and Senior Assistant Commissioner in the Singapore Police Force. He has also served as a member of the Charity Council from March 2013 to January 2017.
Dr Ang is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant.