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NSS Wins Charity Transparency Award in 2018


For the third successive year, NSS was conferred with the Charity Council’s Charity Transparency Award (CTA) in 2018.   NSS was one of the 47 recipients this year, putting us in the top 2% of all charities in Singapore in terms of disclosure, accountability and robust underlying management systems.

 

At the awards ceremony held on 29 November, Guest of Honour and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu referred to the widespread use of technology having lowered the barriers to entry for fund-raising, even for small charities, producing a golden opportunity for the charity sector to reach out to more and more varied donors.  She warned, however, that this opportunity places an even greater premium on having high levels of public disclosure and strong internal procedures to ensure accountability and safe management of donated funds.


The Charity Council introduced the CTA in 2016, specifically to recognise charities with good disclosure practices which are aligned with the Charity Transparency Framework (CTF) and the Code of Governance for Charities and Institutions of Public Character.  Charities are eligible if they have more than $50,000 annual revenue, have been in operation for at least three years and score well on the CTF.  An external panel of judges then assesses all eligible charities in greater detail against nine sets of disclosure criteria.  Each year, three charities are also singled out from three size bands for the overall Charity Governance Award.  NSS won this accolade in the inaugural year (2016) in the ‘small’ charities band (with revenues of less than $250,000).  This year the winners were drawn from the health sector: MINDSET Care (focusing on mental health), Club Rainbow (Singapore) (children with chronic illnesses) and SATA CommHealth (health screening and primary health care).

 

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NSS Treasurer Bhagyesh Chaubey receiving the award from Ang Hak Seng, Commissioner of Charities

Photo credit: Charity Council

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