Social enterprises offer consultancy services, sell products to raise funds
Charities are no longer just relying on traditional handouts by sending out volunteers armed with donation tins or organising flea markets.
Instead, more are earning the funds they need by setting up their own businesses.
Non-profits now run 30 of the more than 80 social enterprises supported by the ComCare Enterprise Fund under the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Also, of the 153 social enterprises registered with the Social Enterprise Association, 10 have been set up by voluntary welfare organisations.
Why do we have to ask people for money when we can earn it? Every dollar we give back is every dollar we don't have to ask for donations.
- Mr Ngiam Tong Yuen, chairman of social enterprise ProGuide, set up by non-profit organisation RSVP Singapore
DON'T FORGET PURPOSE
It is essential that these business activities do not undermine the charity's focus and distract the charity from its exclusively charitable purpose.
- Commissioner of Charities Low Puk Yeong
GROW PHILANTHROPY TOO
While we expect income from social enterprise activity to grow, philanthropy would also need to grow further as social needs increase.
- National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre chief executive Laurence Lien