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About Giving Matters Forum

In a world rife with uncertainty and tension, there is greater urgency to band together and create a culture that is giving, caring and inclusive. 

Fueled by NVPC, the first-ever Giving Matters Forum brings together leaders in Singapore to imagine and create a more giving nation. Join us and be part of a community of change agents, innovators, purposeful businesses and people who exemplify the giving spirit. Discover the latest thoughts and developments in the Giving space, and explore potential partnerships to create our City of Good together. 

Not your usual conference, the Giving Matters Forum presents an innovative line-upof talks, theatre, and interactive activities designed to inspire thought and action around giving.

This is an invite-only event. For queries, please e-mail

Event Programme

0900: Registration & Breakfast

0930: Programme begins

0940:Let’s Imagine the City of Good Together, 
Ms Melissa Kwee, NVPC Chief Executive Officer

0950:Speech by Guest of Honour, 
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth  

1000: The Science and Practice of Giving, 
Professor David Chan, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University. Adjunct Principal Scientist, A*STAR

1035: Tonic Soup Kitchen
An original theatre production by The Glowers Drama Group  

1105: The Singapore Giver: A Life Stage Perspective
Mr Jeffrey Tan, Director of Knowledge & Advocacy, NVPC  

11.45: Networking & Lunch

1245: Breakout Session: Empathy in Action Circles
Empathy in Action Circles are small break-out conversations revolving around the Persons with Disabilities, Elderly and Children & Youth causes. There will be more than 20 circles covering different aspects of each issue. Participants are invited to listen and empathise with practitioners, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, ground-up initiatives and actual representatives of each cause involved. 

1400: A Giving Journey– A Short Film Presentation

1415:Dialogue With Tri-sector Change Agents: How To Build The City of Good Together

Dr Ho Hua Chew, Executive Committee Member, Nature Society (Singapore)
Mr Ang Kian Peng, Director, Samsui Supplies & Services Pte Ltd
Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh, Director, Service Planning and Development, National Council of Social Service  

Dr Mary-Ann Tsao, Board Director, Family Business Network Asia

1515: In Conversation With Dylan Wilk
Mr Dylan Wilk, Chairman, Human Nature, (Gandang Kalikasan, Inc).
Moderator: Mrs Mildred Tan, Chairman, NVPC

1545: Final Words

1600: Networking & Tea


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23 Jan, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mochtar Riady Auditorium, Administration Building, Level 5, Singapore Management University, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065