SINGAPORE : Volunteer groups in Singapore may soon be given ratings.
The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre said this was one way
to raise standards and ensure that people know where their money is
According to the taxman, Singaporeans donated $512 million to
registered charities last year.
And although the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre has
traditionally focused on getting people to volunteer their time, it
has decided to pay more attention to donors' dollars this year.
Mr Willie Cheng, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, said: "I
think the public debate on informed giving is good. It is actually
the next state on our evolution as a giving society. We are looking
for givers to be more discerning and informed about what and who
they give to, and where the money goes to. On the part of
non-profit, we are also looking to incorporate better governances
practices...I think rating is the next stage in the game."
On the volunteer front, little has changed.
About 15 percent of Singaporeans gave up their time to help
volunteer groups in the past 12 months - nearly the same as the year
But this is still low compared to Hong Kong at 22 percent.
The reason for not volunteering has also not changed. Singaporeans
say they just do not have the time.
The good news is - one in four young Singaporeans between the age of
15 and 24 did some sort of volunteer work in the past 12 months - a
47 percent increase from the year before.
And this figure does not include the community work made compulsory
Mr Mervyn Sek, a youth volunteer, said: "When you take
time off work to spend time with your family and friends, so we
always find it that that's a reason for us to be away from work.
"So why don't take that time, spend it with your family and friends
and do something meaningful in the process, and that's what I always
do, I spend time with my family, I spend time with my friends and we
do volunteer work."
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Community Development and Sports Minister, said:
"As the national youth survey shows, youth participation in social
groups generally falls after they turn 18 years old when they leave
post-secondary education, and drops further when they enter the
workforce. While this is hardly surprising, it should prompt us to
examine how we can better engage youths." - CNA