Welcome Speech By Mrs Mildred Tan, Chairman, NVPC at “Just Giving Thanks” Annual Appreciation Day

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our annual appreciation lunch.

Welcome Speech By Mrs Mildred Tan, Chairman, NVPC at “Just Giving Thanks” Annual Appreciation Day, 7 March 2018

A very good afternoon,

Distinguished guests,

Esteemed partners and friends of NVPC,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our annual appreciation lunch.

Last year was a wonderful year and we saw the launch of many key initiatives (such as Company of Good Fellowship, Champions of Good, and ‘15 Shorts’) as we continue our efforts to nurture a Giving Nation – a City of Good. 
   

I am proud of the good success that all of us have achieved together. I am so very thankful for all your time that you have contributed.

First and foremost, I like to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ – to our givers, volunteers and partners. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life more beautiful for others.

In our fast-paced society, I am heartened by your efforts to contribute your precious time, talent and treasure to make Singapore a City of Good. I am constantly inspired by such generous spirits who give back and have compassion for others.

PM recently launched Singapore Cares which is a national movement that supports the efforts of Singaporeans in building a more caring, compassionate and inclusive home for all. It galvanises and inspires Singaporeans to put values into action through active volunteerism, ground-up efforts, and everyday acts of care.  I am delighted that 2018 started on a high note with the launch of the SG Cares App was also launched by PM in January. I hope that the ease of matchmaking volunteers and donors, with social causes through the app will inspire more Singaporeans to give back through this platform and nurture a more giving nation.

Secondly, we are thrilled that Giving.sg crossed the $100 million milestone (in donations fundraised for charities). This figure is made more meaningful as we collectively garnered 127,000 registered users240,000 sign-up volunteer hours487 charities, and 1,500 campaigns hosted on the platform to date. 

As you may know, for many generations, storytelling had been the way societies have passed down across generations the core of who they are and the values and beliefs that have shaped them. Last April, we made our first foray into filmmaking through a project called, ‘15 Shorts’. This is a first-time collaboration between NVPC, 15 prominent Singapore filmmakers, and local film company Blue3Asia. Veteran filmmaker, Daniel Yun has gathered the brightest talent and the industry’s forerunners to chronicle the untold acts of kindness displayed by Singaporeans from the 1970s to the 1990s. 

These stories are about creating an alternative narrative about Singapore, and highlighting the fact that giving has always been in our DNA. I am very pleased to share that we have launched the first five films last month. One of the five films (which you will watch later) is based on Teresa Hsu, affectionately known as “Singapore’s Mother Teresa”, who devoted her life to caring for the aged sick and destitute in Singapore. You may watch these films during the lunch later.

Indeed, it is the spirit of giving that we hope to cultivate with storytelling and through our annual Giving Week campaign – to nudge new volunteers on their giving journey and inspire likeminded partners to start their own giving activities. Through our wide range of activities, we hope to encourage givers like yourselves to give in many creative and simple ways. This year, Giving Week returns from 27 November to 5 December. We are delighted that last year’s Giving Week had strong support from more than 180 partners, ranging from corporates to NPOs. We also raised $1.4 million on Giving.sg during Giving Season, double the amount of donations from last year. Across Singapore, many families, friends and colleagues joined in to make a difference. We attracted new partners including MoBike, which collaborated with the Singapore Red Cross to give blood donors free bike credits. UOB also launched a campaign called “PayNow for a Cause” in support of SPD, that allows the public to donate through the PayNow app. UOB matched dollar to dollar up to $100,000 raised. Shapewear retailer D’elegance International also collected pre-loved bras to be donated to women in need from neighbouring countries. Not forgetting a big thank you to LTA and Moove Media who contributed to our very own Giving Week-themed train and local celebrities like Kumar, Hanli, and Stefanie Sun who lent some star power to Giving Week 2017.

On the corporate giving front, we continue to nurture partnerships and rallied companies to enhance their giving journeys, as well as amplify businesses’ potential to be multipliers of good. In our inaugural Champions of Good last year, 45 companies were recognised for their exemplary corporate giving efforts. Our fellowship programme, designed to develop passionate, top talents in the company with the capabilities to develop strategic, sustainable and holistic corporate giving programmes, is already in its second intake. 

APPRECIATION TO KEY STAKEHOLDERS

The NVPC team has also worked tirelessly to build mindshare, and I am proud to inform that we achieved a breakthrough in earned media value, totaling more than $15million.

We cannot do this work alone. Everyday heroes and giving stewards are in our midst like yourselves are the people who made our successes possible. You will hear more when Melissa shares our Impact Report later. I hope some of these personal stories will inspire and encourage you to continue building our City of Good.

On behalf of NVPC, I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation to the people who played an integral role in paving the way for this incredible journey — to all of you, our volunteers and partners, board members and advisors. Without your steadfast support and dedication, NVPC would not be where it is today.   

In closing, I wish you a wonderful lunch ahead and may we continue to build our City of Good together.