Charities to receive help with IT services

Mr Heng Swee Keat (centre, on stage) and other guests raising a toast to Singapore Pools during its golden jubilee celebration at JW Marriott Hotel yesterday.
Mr Heng Swee Keat (centre, on stage) and other guests raising a toast to Singapore Pools during its golden jubilee celebration at JW Marriott Hotel yesterday.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Non-profit firm will provide sector-specific software via cloud-based platform

Charity organisations can look forward to greater aid in managing their IT systems with a new non-profit IT cloud service company called iShine Cloud.

The company will provide an integrated suite of sector-specific software via a cloud-based platform.

The observation that many charity organisations have inefficient IT operations or have yet to digitalise their systems prompted the new service.

The iShine Cloud platform will provide more efficient information storage and help to secure their data - which can improve their work productivity and allow them to focus on serving their beneficiaries better.

The collaboration between Singapore Pools and the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) was announced at Singapore Pools' golden jubilee celebration at JW Marriott Hotel yesterday.

Said Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat: "We need this spirit of sharing and partnership among different sectors, pooling resources and expertise to help one another, to spark positive change and impact in our community."

SHARING AND PARTNERSHIP

We need this spirit of sharing and partnership among different sectors, pooling resources and expertise to help one another, to spark positive change and impact in our community.

FINANCE MINISTER HENG SWEE KEAT

The platform provided by iShine Cloud will include Microsoft Office 365, shared storage, and accounting and human resource systems that users can access from their own devices. "Manpower and resources (are limited), we have to make sure it (our IT system) is efficient and affordable, since our core priority is to focus on the beneficiaries," said Mr Alvin Yeo, founder of Faith Music Centre.

The service will be officially launched and user-ready after further details are made available at the NCSS summit on July 24.

Singapore Pools chairman Koh Choon Hui said: "This (iShine Cloud) is part of iShine, our staff volunteerism initiative that has grown from strength to strength since 2003 - raising $7.6 million in donations and more importantly giving their time to worthy charities and community causes."

Celebrating 50 years as the only legal operator in sports betting and lottery, Mr Koh said: "Singapore Pools was set up in 1968 by the Government to counter illegal gambling and to provide a safe and reliable avenue for betting.

"In our next lap, we will continue to strive ahead with excellence - to do more for community benefit as well as to enhance our role as a responsible gaming operator," he added.

Singapore Pools had contributed to the construction of the National Stadium, and organised "Concert with a Heart 2018", a community event celebrating the talents of the special needs communities at Our Tampines Hub.

The concert performers were from social service organisations like Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) and Very Special Arts Singapore, who showcased their talents again at the 50th anniversary dinner.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'Charities to receive help with IT services'. Print Edition | Subscribe