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Caritas Singapore began our fundraising journey with Giving.sg in FY2015/16 when we tested a fundraising campaign to raise funds for Agape Village. It was a good start and we raised over $150K in total. We decided for the first-time to trial Giving.sg during Charities Week, our flagship annual fundraising event. We raised a record of $937,949 online. Since then, we have increased our fundraising activities via Giving.sg and last year we raised a new record of over $3M just for our Charities Week campaign alone. Without the Giving.sg platform it would have been very challenging for us to achieve our fundraising goals to help the poor and needy in Singapore. We are very grateful that Giving.sg has been very helpful and accommodating in helping us on this digital journey and waiving their fees for the past few years.
Giving.sg has helped Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) by connecting us with a large base of donors who have greatly supported our cause with their generosity and kindness. Through Giving.sg, we are able to share our cause and stories with donors to garner their support and gradually reach out to more donors over time. The interface of Giving.sg has also made it easy for CPAS in terms of donor outreach and fundraising. The process to create campaigns and tell our stories has been seamless, and it has helped us to reach out to donors more effectively. The data and analysis provided by Giving.sg have also been helpful for CPAS in understanding the effectiveness of our fundraising efforts on Giving.sg.
Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic (SBFC) is very thankful to partner with NVPC in Giving.sg and its support to charitable organisations of Singapore. We deeply felt the friendliness and sincerity of Giving.sg staff over the years of partnership whom had given us practical assistance in many ways. Giving.sg is a well organised, efficient, fast, safe and secure giving platform, this increases donors’ confidence in donating to charities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to to carry out our usual physical fundraising activities, such as Fun Fair, Flag Day and Walkathon. In March 2021, we rolled out our very first virtual Flag Day campaign. We then launched another two campaigns for SBFC E-Flag Day 2021 & E-Healthy Walk 2021. The results were substantial and encouraging. We express our heartfelt gratitude to Giving.sg for waiver of transaction fees for the last two years, 2020 and 2021, made every donation fully to the cause of charity. This is particularly heart-warming during this pandemic period.
Due to Covid-19, the SPCA was unable to organise major fundraising events in the last few years. The SPCA’s website also suffered a cybersecurity breach in 2021, limiting the platforms through which we could effectively fundraise. Giving.sg became a major mode for the SPCA to continue its fundraising efforts on a secure and credible platform. Prior to 2021, Giving.sg had already been of great assistance to the SPCA . For instance, the SPCA's Donation Appeal 2020 and 2021 campaigns on Giving.sg exceeded our target of $70,000. These funds enable us to continue providing critical services such as animal rescue, clinic operations, and cruelty and welfare investigations. Giving.sg is also an excellent platform for individual supporters to express their support for the SPCA’s cause. One such ground-up campaign, amongst many others, was fronted by Sasha, a 9-year-old animal lover who visited the SPCA's animals and interviewed key personnel. Sasha appealed to the public to donate to the SPCA. The campaign was extremely well-received, with over $78,186 being raised to date.
On behalf of the animals and people at the SPCA, we would like to thank Giving.sg team for supporting our cause and for going the extra mile to waive and absorb transaction fees during the pandemic. As a result, we were able to reallocate our funds towards helping animals and continuing our operations.
Galvanising giving of donations was challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. We had to pivot our fundraising events and campaigns to digital campaigns and virtual events. Giving.sg’s fundraising campaign feature was helpful in the strategy we employed in the MWS Empowerun in 2021. This virtual run event involved participants who pledged to run either 20 or 40 km and rally their families and friends to donate to their campaigns in support of MWS beneficiaries. A total of 91 individual and team fundraising campaigns were set up on Giving.sg and collectively raised more than $380,000 from over 1,000 donors. The messaging of another planned physical fundraising event in early 2020 was repositioned to highlight immediate critical needs brought about by COVID-19 pandemic which was in its early stages. Recognising the shift in donors’ giving mind-sets, the Donate to Bless campaign effectively raised more than $480,000 on Giving.sg.
The Giving.sg platform is user-friendly and the functionalities for setting up trackable campaigns made it our top choice in our fundraising publicity plan. The waiver of the transaction charges was certainly welcome and enabled MWS to channel the savings to our services.
Charities faced a double whammy during the COVID-19 pandemic, when traditional fundraising such as face-to-face solicitations (flag day) and events (gala, charity golf) came to a standstill, yet social needs on the ground increased sharply - with businesses closing and people losing their jobs, and the vulnerable and isolated communities becoming even more so. The Singapore Red Cross has had to scale up its operations quickly, accelerate outreach and assimilate into fundraising virtually.
In April 2021, the Singapore Red Cross launched a fundraising campaign on Giving.sg for communities in India affected by the COVID-19 variant, and witnessed various groups of people and organisations coming onboard to raise funds virtually. With the community’s collective efforts, we managed to raise a total of $7.5 million, which were channeled to the purchase and distribution of medical equipment and supplies to 14 states across India. Giving.sg serves as a powerful platform for the Singapore Red Cross to raise awareness of our local programmes and services. With various campaigns and initiatives, we were able to expand our reach to let more people know about what we do, who we help, and how we help.
An example would be Giving.sg’s e-Flag Day over the Mid-Autumn Festival last year, where we shared a heartwarming story of our volunteer and how an elderly beneficiary under her care slowly warmed up to her. Through the authentic and organic sharing, we managed to highlight the plight of the isolated elderly in Singapore, whose needs may be the most magnified during the pandemic. The story was shared across the e-Flag Day microsite and Giving.sg’s social media pages, together with a PayNow QR code and a link to the campaign page. With the availability of PayNow, making a donation became more convenient. In less than a month, we raised $35,000, which went into helping our beneficiaries under SRC ElderAid. Outside of the virtual space, Giving.sg’s Heartland Pays It Forward initiative also allowed us to get “on the ground” to share our humanitarian work with residents of selected neighbourhoods, reminding the community that we can help others through everyday gestures. Today, the Singapore Red Cross is actively using Giving.sg to fundraise for both our local and international humanitarian work. Over the Christmas period, we launched a peer-to-peer fundraiser, challenging people to make the season of giving more meaningful by leveraging their own circle of influence to give, and inspiring people to pay it forward to create a ripple effect. The ease of Giving.sg in encouraging community fundraising made the campaign a success.
The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is catastrophic and continues to grow. We leveraged Giving.sg to raise funds for the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Response, to bring aid in to Ukraine and the neighbouring countries, which are hosting the majority of the refugees. Once again, we are heartened to witness the outpouring of support and strong spirit of solidarity, as 80 individuals and groups in our local community, including young children, families, friends, neighbourhoods, schools and organisations – come together to create fundraisers on Giving.sg for the people of Ukraine.
All in all, the platform’s minimalistic design and easy-to-understand functions cater well for charities such as the Singapore Red Cross. The team behind Giving.sg has also been prompt and helpful towards us, as well as our donors and fundraisers. We are thankful for the ongoing support from Giving.sg and we look forward to building a #CityofGood together.