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SBF Foundation organises inaugural fundraising dinner to encourage businesses to give back to the community

  • $1 million raised from companies and corporate leaders
  • Announces partnership with NVPC to support companies in their corporate giving journey
[9 October 2015] Singapore – The Singapore Business Federation Foundation (SBFF) launched its inaugural fundraising dinner to encourage businesses to actively participate in corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy.

Held at Gardens by the Bay, the event graced by Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong, was attended by close to 500 prominent members of the Singapore business community.

As a collective foundation of the business community, serving the needs of the local community, SBFF envisions a compassionate and pro-active business community, playing its part to build an inclusive Singapore. It aims to encourage, enable and enhance the contributions of the business community to the social, vocational and educational upliftment of all in Singapore.

In her opening remarks, Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairperson of SBFF, shared that since its founding in November 2013, SBFF through the generous contribution of its founding donors, has provided scholarships, internships, soft-skills coaching and overseas industrial attachments for more than 400 deserving young adults across four programmes.

For one of the programmes, Project IN, SBFF collaborates with SG Enable to support young adults with intellectual disabilities and autism at the workplace via internships and on-the-job learning. The programme also helps employers to build their capabilities and know-how on hiring and working with persons with disabilities. For a start, 19 young adults are on internships with three employers, namely Han’s (F&B), National University Hospital and Sentosa Development Corporation.

Mrs Foo took the opportunity to acknowledge the strong support of the founding donors whose generosity had given the Foundation a firm start. She singled out Principal Founding Donor, Mr Philip Ng of Far East Organization for the gifting to SBF and SBF Foundation of 22,000 square feet of office space at a new downtown development named The SBF Center, in addition to $10 million to seed the Foundation. She also thanked businesses and corporate leaders who generously donated $1 million as part of tonight’s fundraising dinner.

Mrs Foo also announced SBFF’s partnership with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) on a series of programmes that support companies and corporate leaders in their corporate giving journey. The Singapore Roadmap for Corporate Giving aims to facilitate companies’ understanding of their giving profile and tap useful resources to build capacity, capability, knowledge and network.

Welcome Address by Theresa Foo

Project IN
The SBF Foundation is partnering SG Enable on Project IN, a pilot programme to transit students from five Special Education (SPED) Schools into employment. Project IN adopts a holistic approach comprising features like group internships, onsite job coaching and job support, and onsite learning. Under Project IN, SPED graduates will have the opportunity to develop their soft and life skills, and to undergo real work experience to acquire vocational or job task skills in different job roles. In general, interns will undergo a 2-month orientation and induction programme before embarking on a 9-month internship at their designated internship workplaces. All interns will also be supported in their job search and employment efforts during, or nearing and at the end of their internships.

The two-year Project IN pilot project is expected to benefit about 50 young adults with intellectual and autism by enhancing their employability and employment opportunities. Participating employers in Project IN will also be supported to build up their disability confidence, and be enabled to hire and tap on persons with disabilities as an alternative manpower source, and as part of their inclusive workforce.

Minister Lawrence Wong addressing guests at the SBFF Fundraising Dinner

SBFF Chairperson, Theresa Foo giving the Welcome Address

Minister Lawrence Wong took to the stage to raise funds for SBFF

Sharing by Michel Sim, recipient of SBFF scholarship at SUTD

(L to R) Tony Chew one of the donors to the SBFF Fundraising Dinner, Minister Lawrence Wong & Michel Sim

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