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We build trust for a thriving charity sector


To enable the charity sector to flourish, we adopt a robust yet balanced regulatory approach and work with various partners to help charities strengthen their capabilities and governance. We encourage co-regulation and a culture of transparency and accountability. This enables a safe giving environment where everyone can do a part in creating a caring society.

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You can check if an organisation is a registered charity and has a valid fund-raising permit, through the Charity Portal (www.charities.gov.sg), or via SMS to 79777.

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Members of the public can access the Charity Portal for latest news and developments in the charity sector. The portal provides a one-stop resource centre for the public who want to know more about charities in Singapore. It also provides a list of electronic services for charities to submit relevant applications and annual submissions.

23 September 2020

Commissioner of Charities releases Annual Report for 2019

The Commissioner of Charities (COC) Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2019 is published today. The charity sector received donations amounting to $2.9 billion in the financial year 2018, an increase of 8% from $2.7 billion in the previous financial year. In 2019, the sector continues to receive more than $1.0 billion of tax-deductible donations. This reflects the strong trust that the public continues to place on the charity sector.

The report also highlights the COC’s co-regulation efforts with key stakeholders in the sector to build charities’ capabilities and enable good governance and compliance. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the COC has also rolled out numerous initiatives, such as the “Support for Charities” infographics and “Charities Lean Forward” training webinars, to support charities in their work and compliance. To enable charities to emerge stronger post COVID-19, the COC will focus on strengthening the charity sector in three key areas – Professionalism, Digitalisation and Collaboration, in the coming year.


Our policies set the framework for the development of our work which is to nurture a charitable sector that is well governed and remains driven by the community.