The Charity Transparency and Governance Awards was held on 9 November 2022 at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Organised by the Charity Council, the Charity Transparency and Governance Awards recognises charities for their efforts in upholding governance and building public trust in the sector.
A total of 85 charities received the Charity Transparency Awards (CTA) this year. This is the highest number of charities recognised since the award category was introduced in 2016. Of the 85 recipients, three have also received the Special Commendation Award and three others received the Charity Governance Awards (CGA) – the highest honour for charities in governance.
The Guest of Honour for the event was Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law. You may read Minister Edwin Tong’s speech here.
Chairman of the Charity Council, Dr Gerard Ee also gave a welcome address.
The Charity Council partnered Singapore Management University to conduct an independent assessment on the charities which have participated for CTA 2022. The CTA assessment was subsequently validated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (Singapore).
Shortlisted winners of the CTA were invited to participate in the CGA assessment, co-developed with Ernst & Young, followed by an interview session with a panel of judges. They are:
- Mr Neo Sing Hwee, Partner, EY
- Mr Tay Woon Teck, Managing Director, Business Consulting & Head of Private Client Services, RSM Singapore
- Mr Dickson Lim, Head of Philanthropy and Community Impact for Singapore, UBS AG
- Mr Suhaimi Zainul Abidin, CEO, Quantedge Capital Pte Ltd
- Ms Lan Luh Luh, Associate Professor of Law, NUS Law School
Charity Governance Awards 2022 Winners
The three charities which have obtained high governance standards, and are conferred the prestigious Charity Governance Award are:
- The National Kidney Foundation
- Prison Fellowship Singapore Limited
- Mindset Care Limited
“NKF strives to ensure high standards of corporate governance, accountability, and transparency, as well as maintain open communication with our beneficiaries, donors and partners. Having a strong and robust governance framework underpin our commitment to providing quality, affordable and sustainable dialysis for patients. It also ensures our long-term vision for NKF, which focuses on upstream education and prevention of kidney disease to benefit the larger community.”
- Mr Arthur Lang, Chairman, The National Kidney Foundation
“Good corporate governance gives confidence to our internal and external stakeholders that our services to meet the needs of the beneficiaries are guided by proper processes with accountability. Ultimately, it is about doing the right thing, at the right time and in the right place.”
- Mr Chua Kok Wan, Executive Director, Prison Fellowship Singapore Limited
(in picture: Mr Gregory Vijiayendran, Chairman, Prison Fellowship Singapore Limited)
“As a small charity, winning the Charity Governance Award for an unprecedented 2nd time and the Transparency Award for the 5th time for our work in the mental health space, is a great encouragement and an absolute delight. We endeavour to uphold the highest governance standards to continue creating positive impact for the mental health community in Singapore. Thank you for the honour of being recognised for Doing Good.”
- Mr Jeffery Tan, Chief Executive Officer, MINDSET Care Limited
Here is a video of the three CGA winners.
Each of the CGA 2022 main category winner received a plaque and a cash prize of $10,000 to further their charitable causes. The Charity Council would like to thank Mr Ang Hao Yao, member of the Charity Council, for sponsoring part of the cash prize.
The Special Commendation Award (SCA) was also given to three charities for good governance practices in specific areas. Receiving the SCA on behalf of their charities are (i) Mr Felix Loh Chee Wai, Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay) (ii) Dr Ravindran Kanesvaran (Vice Chairman, Singapore Cancer Society) and (iii) Ms Yvonne Tham (Chief Executive Officer, Esplanade Co Ltd)
Charity Transparency Awards 2022 Winners
The 85 CTA winners received a certificate each. 5 of them were featured in a Charity Transparency Award video.
Please click here to download the Charity Transparency and Governance Awards programme booklet for full details.
The awards ceremony was also live streamed for charities to watch virtually. You may watch the recording here.
Once again, congratulations to all winners and thank you to all the charities which have participated in the Charity Transparency and Governance Awards 2022.