Fewer groups registering as charities

Decline in recent years due to a crowded sector, challenges in vying for funding, say observers

Fewer groups have been registering as charities in recent years, a development that observers say is due to a saturated sector and the resulting difficulties in competing for funds and resources.

In 2018, 40 charities were registered, up slightly from the 39 in 2017 but less than the 49 in 2016, the latest figures from the Commissioner of Charities (COC) show.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2020, with the headline 'Fewer groups registering as charities'. Print Edition | Subscribe