This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Volunteering, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


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Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Andrew Hooper Nguyen, David Fong, Hosea Lai, Ivan Chang, Ivan Chin, Julie Englefield, Laurence Lien, Marie Leong, Philbert Chin, Rafael Panes, Raymond Huang, Soh Ju Hu, Sreyashi Sen, Susan Suh, Tan Chee Koon

International Initiatives

The International Association for Volunteer Effort exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate the development of volunteering worldwide. It is a global network of volunteers, volunteer organisations, national representatives and volunteer centres, with members in over 70 countries, and in all world regions.

Universal Declaration on Volunteering supports the right of every woman, man and child to associate freely and to volunteer regardless of their cultural and ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, and physical, social or economic condition. All people in the world should have the right to freely offer their time, talent, and energy to others and to their communities through individual and collective action, without expectation of financial reward.

Sparked helps nonprofits increase their capacity by giving them a low-maintenance way to get free work done from a huge pool of talented professionals who volunteer online; including creative design, job description review, new product brainstorms, new website focus-grouping, media relations strategies, and so on.

SG Networks & Associations

The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre is the national body established to promote volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore. Its eMatch programme matchs volunteers, donors, philanthropists, and like-minded individuals to their preferred interests or cause.

Centre for Non-Profit Leadership's (CNPL) Board Match programme is designed to match volunteers with relevant expertise, experience and the commitment to help renew and strengthen the boards of charitable and other Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) in Singapore. Such qualified and skilled individuals will be contributing at a strategic level towards capacity and capability building in Charities/NPOs, and ultimately, contributing towards a stronger society.

SG Cares aims to be the first stop for volunteers seeking volunteering opportunities that match their interest, availability and location. SG Cares identifies projects and creates activities that engage volunteers for a short time (episodic), either on a temporary or long-term basis, in different sectors and for different causes.

Student Volunteer Corps is a one-stop centre for youths interested in volunteering and who are looking for ideas and avenues for Community Involvement Programmes.

Managing & Organising Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) is a group of active practitioners of volunteer management who have come together to further the development of their practice into a profession.

SG Organisations & Companies

The Kind Exchange is an online 'meeting place' for matching volunteer professionals in Singapore with community groups that need professional services. It allows professionals with skills in finance, administration, law, technology, architecture, design, marketing and many other disciplines to be matched to community groups such as charities, schools, clubs, associations and special interest groups.

The Patatas helps social sector organizations, mostly in Asia, with funding, contacts, idea development, mobile publishing and design. It also connects volunteers, ideas and non-profit organisations in a sustainable and considered way. Programmes include Road Scholar, a gap year programme to fund youths who want to come up with a sustainable plan for a cause they believe in.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide opportunities for seniors to serve the community with their talents and experience, and to make the lives of seniors meaningful and enjoyable through volunteerism.

CityCare promotes volunteerism in Singapore through educational programs in schools and strategic partnerships with the private sector, we create platforms for individuals and companies to give back to society by helping them to help people. We welcome individuals, groups and companies to contribute to the community.

Vertical Kampong is an initiative by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) aimed at bringing back the kampong spirit in the communities we live in. The kampong spirit builds on trust and friendship where happiness originates from giving, helping and sharing. The traditional kampong was a hotbed of informal volunteering; where neighbours helped one another on a spontaneous basis out of friendship for the good of the entire village.

Voluntarius (Singapore) supports youth volunteerism by i) Making sense of Volunteerism (ii) Enhancing skills of Youth Volunteers.

Key Projects

Volunteer Singapore Forum is a blog for those that are looking for volunteer opportunities. It is up to the user to verfiy the authenticity of the the volunteer call and the organisation that they intend to volunteer.

Volunteers Network SG aims to be a resource pool for projects or emergencies to through which required assistance is channeled. It is the meeting point where various volunteer projects can gather resources from.

The Volunteer Switchboard keeps their efforts “bite-size” so as to encourage more people to join them. By doing small things well, they aim to make the volunteering experience less daunting and sustainable for everyone.

Beyond Self is a site that explores the spirit of volunteerism from the child and youth-centered perspective of Beyond Social Services.

Cosified is for those who believe in continued effort towards betterment of the society. This site provide volunteers around the globe to share their experience and volunteerism practices, so that others can learn and implement such examples within their local community as well.

Key Publications & Videos

The Complete Guide To Volunteering In Singapore by Angry Ang Mo lists the best options for starting your search for a volunteer position in Singapore in general.

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