Shared Services for Charities (SSC) has been growing in strength, gaining valuable experience over the past nine years. SSC has laid a solid foundation in order to deliver quality services to the many charities we serve. Since inception, we have served 130 charities and have completed 850 projects in total. In 2017, SSC served a total of 37 clients ranging from the Social & Welfare, Religious and Health, to the Arts & Heritage sectors and completed 112 projects.
As we approach our first decade of existence, we would like to make this rallying call to the community to join us in the mission to raise the standard of governance of charities. SSC offers our practical knowledge of working with various groups and organisations to partner charities in their journey to meet stakeholders’ expectations of governance. We are grateful for the various donations, sponsorships and volunteers from the major accounting firms which enable us to offer our services at highly subsidised rates. This original intent of SSC being a charity for charities continues to hold true.
Through our strategic partnerships, 49 volunteers contributed towards various governance projects in the last year. In addition to the involvement of professional accountants on a voluntary basis, we also leveraged on senior practitioners who were unstinting in their guidance on ensuring a top-grade service to our charity clients. In recognition of their significant contribution to our Professional Volunteerism Programme, we hosted the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on 3 November 2017.
In April 2017, the Charity Council revised the Code of Governance (The Code) requiring charities to step up their governance standards through effective management of key risks, whistle-blowing policy and board renewals. To help charities attain the new standards, SSC added Risk Assessment to its suite of core services.
With the strong representation of Risk Management practitioners on our Board, we launched the Risk Management outreach to our client-charities during our Annual Seminar, held on 13 November 2017, at the SGX Auditorium. It was well attended by board members and senior management from charitable organizations As a result, a number of clients initiated Risk Assessment review which provided them with practical insights into their key risks.
At SSC, we believe our people are our most valuable asset and key to delivering quality services to our clients. The Board has fully supported the investment in staff training and development to enhance technical and soft skills. We accord importance to clients’ feedbacks and pay particular attention to the continuous shift towards better governance. All these serve to ensure we more than meet the needs of our clients.
We are honoured to have been conferred, for the second year running, the Charity Transparency Award. SSC remains committed to complying with all governance requirements specified by the Code. The Board is dedicated to its internal high standards of governance by practising self-evaluation and self-improvement, as well as board renewal. Candidates, who are nominated to the Board, undergo a stringent vetting process. As part of its renewal policy, the Board strongly advocates diversity in the membership, relevant to address the challenges ahead. In this regard, SSC warmly welcomed Loh Uantchern and Shariq Barmaky to the Board, both of whom were elected on 19 February 2018. Their appointments reflect the Board’s commitment to maintaining diversity in its ranks.
We would like to express our appreciation to our staff, committee members, partner organizations, government agencies, volunteers, interns and donors, who have generously devoted their time, resources and expertise to our cause. We are grateful to the Singapore Exchange and BinjaiTree Foundation for their invaluable support since our inception. 2018 promises to be another exciting year as we continue to strengthen our capabilities and extend our outreach programme. SSC remains steadfast in our mission to help charities manage their key risks while enhancing their governance and organisational excellence.
Chairman & Board of Directors
Gan Seow Ann
Board Chairman & Fund-Raising Committee Chairman
Kaka Singh S/O Dalip Singh
Audit Committee Chairman
Yeo Lian Sim
Human Resource & Professional Development Committee Chairman
Hong Chin Fock, Damian
Yeoh Oon Jin
Programmes & Services Committee Chairman
Chan Pengee Adrian
Volunteer Promotion & Management Committee Chairman
Fund-Raising Committee Member
Volunteer Promotion & Management Committee Member
Fund-Raising Committee Member
Programmes & Services Committee Member