History


This is a historical summary of Singapore’s non profit sector. All information is extracted from “For All We Care: 50 Years of Social Service in Singapore, 1958-2008”, published by the National Council of Social Service.

Past Events


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Dates


Date
Organisation registered
Other developments
1867
Thong Chai Medical Institution

1902
Children’s Aid Society (formed in the late 1800s as the St Nicholas Home)

1904
Darul Ihsan orphanage for boys

1916
St Andrew’s Misison Hospital

1930
First Rotary Club

1932
Jamiyah Singapore

1946
Boys’ Clubs under the Social Welfare Department set up.
People’s Restaurants started.
1947
Singapore Anti-tuberculosis Association (now SATA CommHealth)

1952
Lee Foundation
Diploma in Social Studies offered by University of Singapore
1954
Malaysian Association of Almoners (later Singapore Association of Social Workers)

1957
Shaw Foundation

1958
Lion Club of Singapore
Singapore Council of Social Service (now NCSS)

1959
Sembawang Muslim Welfare Association
Singapore Malay Youth Library Association (now 4PM)
Kampung Tiong fire
1960
St John’s Home for Elderly Persons
Adventist Community Services
Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore
People’s Association

1961
Young Women’s Christian Association of Singapore
Singapore After-Care Association
Rotary Club of Singapore
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Young Men’s Christian Association of Singapore
Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped
Catholic Welfare Services Singapore
Singapore Leprosy Relief Association
Girls’ Brigade
Muslim Missionary Society Singapore
Blue Cross Charitable Institution
Bukit Ho Swee fire, 15000 people made homeless.
Women’s Charter passed.
1962
Singapore Children’s Society
Boys’ Brigade in Singapore
Singapore Association for the Deaf
Singapore Association for Retarded Children (later Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore)
Ramakrishna Mission

1963
Metropolitan Young Men’s Christian Association of Singapore
Singapore Planned Parenthood Association
Merger of the Singapore Chinese Sign School for the Deaf and Oral School for the Deaf to become the Singapore School for the Deaf, later known in 1983 as the Canossian School for the Hearing Impaired.
1964
Eurasian Association Singapore
Young Women Muslim Association
Society for the Physically Disabled
Society for Aid to the Paralysed (later Society for the Physically Disabled)
Race riots broke out between Chinese and Malays in Singapore.
1965
Children’s Charities Association of Singapore
Singapore Cancer Society
Chinese Women’s Association
SCSS started the “Calendar of Charitable Events in Singapore”
1966
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Memorial Scholarship Fund Board
Kamala Club Singapore

1967
Girl Guides Singapore

1968
Society for the Aged Sick
Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home
Singapore Association for Mental Health
Singapore Council of Social Service becomes statutory body through Act of Parliament.
Ministry of Social Affairs’ Rehabilitation Unit set up.
1969
Marymount Centre
Samaritans of Singapore
Handicaps Welfre Association
Bukit Ho Swee Social Service (later Beyond Social Services)
National Kidney Foundation

1970
Singapore Heart Foundation
Asian Women’s Welfare Association
United World College o South East Asia
Goodwill Shop @ Singapore Council of Social Service – Singapore’s first social enterprise.

1971
Singapore Association of Social Workers
Islamic Theological Association of Singapore (Pertapis)
Zonta Club of Singapore
Community Probation Service

1972
Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association

1973
Singapore Red Cross Society
Singapore Disability Sports Council

1974
Henderson Old People’s Community Home
Rehabilitaiton Life Ltd (later Prison Fellowship Singapore)

1975
Singsapore Anglican Community Services
Kwan-In Welfare Society
Counselling and Care Centre (formerly Churches Counselling Centre)
Presbyterian Community Services
Association for Persons with Special Needs
Vietnam war refugees arrive at St. John’s Island
1976
Students Care Service (formerly School Social Work Service Association of Singapore)
Home Nursing Foundation
1st Family Service Centre at MacPherson established.

1977
Singapore Action Group of Elders

1978
Villa Francis Home for the Aged (Mandai Home)
Realm of Tranquility
Ang Mo Kio Social Service Centre (later Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre)
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society

1979

Senior Citizens’ Week
1980
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations
Lions Home for the Elders
Adventist Home for the Elders
Man Fut Tong Nursing Home
Hong Leong Foundation

1981
The Netherlands Charity Association
Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
Realm of Tranquility
Methodist Welfare Services
Care Corner of Singapore
Yayasan Mendaki, the Council for the Education of Muslim Children
Khoo Foundation
Committee on the Care of the Aged
1982
Bright Hill Evergreen Home
Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore
St Andrew’s Mission Hospital
Committee on the Problems of the Aged
1983
Vocational Assessment and Placement Centre (later Bizlink Centre)
Singapore Association for Counselling
The Hiding Place Ltd
Breakthrough Missions Ltd
Community Chest launched
1984
Assisi Hospice
National Arthritis Foundation
Singapore Anti-Tuberculosis Association
Tinkle Friend (Children’s Society) launched
Report of the Committee on the Problems of the Aged
1985
Family Life Society
The Haemophilia Society of Singapore
Singapore Scout Association
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Youth Challenge
Help Every Lone Parent (HELP)
Heartstrings Show, Singapore’s first televised fundraiser
National Family Week launched.
1986
Gerontological Society
Disabled People’s Association
Zion Home for the Aged
TOUCH Community Services
Hotel New World collapse disaster
1st Volunteers Day
1987
Beyond Social Services
Christian Outreach to the Handicapped
Teen Challenge
All Saints Home
Margaret Drive Special School
Ubi Hostel (later TOUCH Ubi Hostel)

1988
TRANS Centre
The Helping Hand
Sunshine Welfare Action Misison (SWAMI)
Action for AIDS Singapore
Homes for the Aged Act
Child Care Centres Act
Boys’ Brigade Sharity Gift Box launched.
Advisory Council on the Disabled set up.
Advisory Council on Youth formed (later National Youth Council).
1989
HCA Hospice Care
Ju Eng Home for Senior Citizens
Ronald McDonald Children Charities Fund launched.
1990
Care Corner Counselling Centre
Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA)
Association for Early Childhood Educators Singapore

1991
New Horizon Centre
Special Olympics Singapore
Alzhiemer’s Disease Association
Muhammadiyah Welfare Home
Rochore Kongsi Home for the Aged
Singapore International Foundation
Agape Counselling and Training Centre
The Turning Point
Association of Muslim Professionals
Dyslexia Association of Singapore

1992
Help Family Service Centre
Kheng Chui Loke Tin Kee Home
Rainbow Centre
Sunlove Abode for intellectually Infirmed
Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres
Autism Association Singapore
St Luke’s Hospital
Children’s Cancer Foundation
Dover Park Hospice
NCSS Act passed in Parliament.
1993
SUN-DAC Centre for the Disabled
Foundation of Rotary Clubs
Tsao Foundation
President’s Star Charity
1994
Metta Welfare Association
Man Fatt Lam Home for the Aged
Fei Yue Family Service Centre
Ren Ci Hospital & Medicare Centre
ENABLEnet online database launched.
1995
Very Special Arts
Child at Stret 11
Lions Befrienders Service Association
Singapore Hospice Council
Apex Harmony Lodge
Shan You Counselling Centre
Save The Children Singapore
Care for the Elderly Foundation
Bethesda Community Services Society
Singapore became signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Maintenance of Parents Act passed.
1996
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital & Nursing Home
Kidney Dialysis Foundation
Hope Community Services Centre
Life Community Services Society
Youth Guidance Outreach Services
Fei Yue Community Services
Cornerstone Community Services Centre
Yong-En Care Centre
Sathya Sai Social Service
Down Syndrome Association
Care Community Services Society

1997
Rotary Family Service Centre
Hope Centre Singapore
Lakeside Family Centre
Highpoint Community Services Association
Bo Tien Wefare Services Society
City Harvest Community Services Association
Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre
Community Involvement Programme launched.
National FSC Helpline
Community Development Councils launched.
1998
Sikh Welfare Council
Tanjong Pagar Family Service Centre
Wicare Spport Group
REACH Community Services Society
Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP)

1999
Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation
Eden Community Services Centre
Society of Moral Charities
St Luke’s ElderCare
Parkway HealthCare Foundation
Autism Resource Centre
National Volunteer Centre (later NVPC)

2000
Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (later CARE Singapore)
Heartware Network
Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services
Society for the Promotion of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Research and Knowledge (SPARK)
Ain Society
Friends of the Disabled Society
Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund started.
Youth Expedition Project started.
2001
Viriya Community Services
Centre for Fathering
Thong Kheng Welare Services Society
RiverLife Community Services
Concern & Care Society
Jia Ying Community Services Society
TOUCH Community Services
Philipine Banyanihan Society
Bright Vision Hospital
St Gabriel’s Foundation
St Hilda’s Community Services Centre
The Tent
Focus on the Family Singapore
Community Addictions Management Programme (CAMP) launched.
Community Assistance Fund (later ComCare )
2002
Sri Krishna Mandir Welfare Society
Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital
Student Advisory Centre
Habitat for Humanity Singapore
Make-a-Wish Foundation
Alife
Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence
Lutheran Community Care Services
Morning Star Community Services
Pasir Panjang Hill Community Services Centre
Student Volunteer Corps
Double tax deductions for charities started.
2003
Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre
Food from the Heart
365 Cancer Prevention Society
EN Community Services Society
Tung Ling Community Services
Social Service Training Institute launched (now SSI)
2004
O’Joy Care Services
FaithActs
Muslim Kidney Welfare Services Society
Mainly I Love Kids Fund (MILK)
Filos Community Services
Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)
Oikos.Community@Sengkang
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)
Nulife Care & Counselling Services
Bachelor of Social Work with Monash University launched.
Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders Network (CARE) launched.
Disability Portal launched.
Pathlight School opened.
1st Disability Awareness Public Education campaign
2005
Xin Yuan Community Care
Sanctuary House
Tai Pei Social Service
I Love Children
Silver Ribbon Singapore
Youth Embrace Social Services
SSTI School of Non-Profits started.
ComCare Fund launched.
Disability Information and Referral Centre set up.
2006
Centre for Senior
Caritas Singapore Community Council
Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS)
Bachelor of Education (Special Education) launched.
Golden Opportunities! (GO!) Fund launched.
2007
Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled
Council for Third Age
*SCAPE
Teck Ghee Youth Centre
Five-Year Enabling Masterplan 2007-2011 for the Disability Sector
1st Social Workers’ Day
2008
Case Raudha Women Home
SAGE Counselling Centre
Special Needs Trust Company
MCYC Community Services Society
SSTI Diploma in Social Service launched.
Inter-Ministry Committee for dysfunctional families with children started.
8 Centres of Specialisation announced.
2009


2010

SSTI Higher Diploma in Social Service launched.
2011


2012


2013



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