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Planning To Donate & Support A Good Cause? Here Are Some Charities Eligible For Tax Deductions!

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16 Feb 2021 Update

At the Budget 2021 Speech, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that the 250 per cent tax deduction campaign for qualifying donations made to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) will be extended for another two years until 31 Dec 2023.


At the risk of sounding old, does anyone remember bugging your parents to you some loose change, or even notes during Flag Day to ‘dong’ in the can?

Source: Tzu Chi Singapore

Although most of us would not have fully understood the concept of donating at that point in time, but hey, at least we got stickers!

Now that most of us are older and earning our own money, we can actually take out money from our own pockets to help others in need.

Even though that’s not the main point of donating, the Singapore Government actually provides tax deductions for qualifying donations.

To encourage Singaporeans to give back to our community, the 250 per cent tax deduction for qualifying donations will be valid till 31 December 2023.

In other words, for every S$1 donated to a registered charity, S$2.50 will be deducted from your taxable income.

Donations can come in forms of cash, gifts, shares and even artefacts!

In this article, we are mainly focusing on cash donations. There are different types of donations available with differing levels of tax-deductibility.

Here is all you need to know!

Information accurate as of 17 Dec 2020.


TL;DR – Donate To A Good Cause & Lower Your Assessable Income

For tax-paying individuals, every $1 in cash donations to an approved Institution of a Public Character (IPC), or Singapore Government for causes that benefit the local community, lowers your assessable income by $2.50!

But which organisations are IPCs you may ask.

To find out, all you have to do is search them up on the Charity Portal and you’ll be able to check their IPC status!

Here are some of the charities eligible for tax-deductible donations that our community members from Seedly have shared: 

  • Singapore Cancer Society
  • Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Hospice Care Association (HCA) Singapore
  • Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
  • Club Rainbow
  • The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund
  • Nam Hong Welfare Service Society

Tax Deductions on Cash Donations to Charity

For every S$1 donated, S$2.50 will be deducted from your assessable income

In order for your cash donations to be qualified for tax deductions, it has to be made to:

  • An approved Institution of a Public Character (IPC) or
  • The Singapore Government for causes that benefit the local community

Good news, everyone!

Donations receipts are no longer required for tax deductions on your donations, but you should still take note of it to track your expenses.

When making your donations to the respective charities, you’ll be required to provide your personal information, such as your name and NRIC, for the purpose of tax deduction.

Qualifying donations will be automatically included in your tax assessment so no need to remind yourself to declare your donations in your income tax return!

Remember, if you’re planning to donate and receive some tax deductions, don’t leave it till the last minute!

We all need some time to process information and these charities are no exception; plan and donate in advance if you want your donation to qualify for tax deductions.

Again, donations shouldn’t be conditional, but do be mindful of fundraising roadshows. Unfortunately, it’s not always that 100% of your donations will go to the beneficiary charity organisation.


Charities Top Rated by Our Community

The list of foundations available for us to donate is endless, it would be great if you focus on the causes that you believe in and wish to support.

We’ve compiled some of the tax-deductible charities that our community give back to if you need some inspiration!

Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)

  • Name of Organisation: Singapore Cancer Society
  • UEN No.: S65SS0033F
  • Charity Status: Registered
    Date of Charity Registration: 08 May 1984
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: From 31 Mar 2020 To 30 Mar 2022
  • Address: 15 Enggor Street #04-01/04 Realty Centre Singapore 079716
  • Website: http://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg
  • Primary sector: Health
  • Cause: Fighting cancer

The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) has a simple but bold mission: to minimise cancer and maximise lives.

SCS is dedicated to minimising the impact of cancer through education, screening, patient services, financial assistance for cancer treatment, research and advocacy.

SCS is a community-based voluntary welfare organisation dependent on public donations to provide quality services to cancer patients, and their families.

For starters, SCS has an extensive write up on their website on cancer even debunking the common myths that we usually hear!

Here’s how to donate to them.

How to Donate to Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)

Donation MethodsDonation TypeInstructions
PayNowFor one-time donationLog in to your respective bank (online banking or mobile banking app) and click on the PayNow icon

On Unique Entity Number (UEN), key in S65SS0033F. “Singapore Cancer Society” will automatically appear if UEN is keyed in correctly.

Enter donation amount. If you wish to receive tax exemption, kindly indicate your Full Name and NRIC/FIN no. in the reference number field
Credit or Debit Card

(VISA or MasterCard only)
For one-time or recurring donationsFill up online
GIROFor recurring monthly donationsFill up Giro Donation Form
ChequeFor one-time donationFill up Cheque Donation Form

Please post your cheque to:

Stakeholders Management Department
Singapore Cancer Society
15 Enggor Street
Realty Centre, #04-01
Singapore 079716

Please make your cheque payable to “Singapore Cancer Society”

On the back of your cheque, please include your:

Last 4 characters of your NRIC/FIN or UEN
Full name
Mailing address
CashFor anonymous donationsDrop into SCS Donation Boxes

1. Singapore Cancer Society, 15 Enggor Street Realty Centre #04-01 Singapore 079716

2. SCS Clinic @ Bishan, 9 Bishan Place, Junction 8 Junction Tower #06-05, Singapore 579837

3. Icon SOC Mount Alvernia Medical Clinic, 820 Thomson Rd, #05-03/04, Mount Alvernia Medical Centre, Block A, Singapore 574623

4. Icon SOC Novena Medical Clinic, 38 Irrawaddy Rd, #06-24/25, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore 329563
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsGiving.sg profile

Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)

  • Name of Organisation: CHILDREN’S CANCER FOUNDATION
  • UEN No.: 201934434R
  • Charity Status: Registered
  • Date of Charity Registration: 15 Feb 2020
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: From 21 Feb 2020 To 04 May 2022
  • Address: 8 SINARAN DRIVE #03-01 OASIA HOTEL NOVENA, SINGAPORE Singapore 307470
  • Website: https://www.ccf.org.sg/
  • Primary sector: Health
  • Cause: Fighting cancer

Similarly, CCF supports the cause of cancer but focuses on children with cancer and their families by enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being.

How to Donate to Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)

Made Your Donations ViaDonation TypeInstructions
PayNowFor one-time donationOnline
Credit or Debit Card

(VISA or MasterCard or JCB only)
For one-time or recurring donationsOnline
GIROFor recurring monthly donationsFill up hardcopy donation form
ChequeFor one-time donationAll cheque donations should be made payable to ‘Children’s Cancer Foundation’.

Kindly include complete details at the back of the cheque:

Name of Donor/ Company
Contact Number
NRIC/ Unique Entity Number (For tax deduction purposes)
Mailing Address (If an official receipt of the donation is required)

Cheque donations can be made at/ mailed to:

Children’s Cancer Foundation
8 Sinaran Drive
Novena Specialist Centre #03-01
Singapore 307470

For enquiries, please contact our team at 6229 3701 or email to [email protected]
AXSFor one-time donationChoose "Children's Cancer Foundation" on AXS Kiosks
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsGiving.sg Profile

Hospice Care Association (HCA) Singapore

  • Name of Organisation: HCA Hospice Care
  • UEN No.: S89SS0106G
  • Charity Status: Registered
  • Date of Charity Registration: 27 Mar 1991
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: From 1 Oct 2019 To 30 Sep 2022
  • Address: 705 SERANGOON ROAD #03-01 KWONG WAI SHIU HOSPITAL Singapore 328127
  • Website: http://www.hca.org.sg
  • Primary sector: Health
  • Cause: Hospice care

HCA is one of the many hospices in Singapore that provides comfort and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses regardless of age, religion, ethnicity, nationality and financial status.

HCA’s main service, home hospice care, is provided at no charge to about 3,700 patients every year.

How to Donate to Hospice Care Association (HCA) Singapore

Made Your Donations ViaDonation TypeInstructions
PayNowFor one-time donationUEN: S89SS0106G

Please scan using mobile banking apps and include your NRIC no. in the reference field for tax deduction

Credit or Debit Card

(VISA or MasterCard only)
For one-time or recurring donationsFill up online
ChequeFor one-time donationFill up hardcopy donation form
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsGiving.sg profile

Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

  • Name of Organisation: Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
  • UEN No.: S62SS0075C
  • Charity Status: Registered
  • Date of Charity Registration: 16 Apr 1984
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: From 1 Oct 2019 To 31 Mar 2022
  • Address: 800 Margaret Drive Singapore 149310
  • Website: http://www.minds.org.sg
  • Primary sector: Social and Welfare
  • Cause: Persons with Intellectual Disability

One of the oldest and largest organisations catering to the needs of persons with intellectual disability (PWIDs) in Singapore, MINDS aims to help provide equal opportunities to PWIDs to receive education to better integrate into society as contributing and responsible citizens.

How to Donate to Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

Made Your Donations ViaDonation TypeInstructions
PayNowFor one-time donationIf you require tax deduction, please insert your NRIC / UEN number in the "UEN/Bill Reference No" field in your PayNow App page.


Your donations will be updated to IRAS automatically.

If you require a tax deduction receipt, please email [email protected]


Use iBanking app to scan QR code on this page or PayNow to UEN S62SS0075CM62

Credit or Debit Card

(VISA or MasterCard only)
For one-time or recurring donationsOnline
ChequeFor one-time donationPlease make cheque payable to “MINDS”, fill up the form: (“MINDS Donation Form.pdf”)) and mail both form and cheque to:

800 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149310

Attention: Donations Department
Bank TranferEmail: [email protected]
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsGiving,sg profile

Club Rainbow

  • Address: 538 Upper Cross Street #05-263 Singapore 050538
  • Website: http://www.clubrainbow.org
  • Email Address: [email protected]
    Telephone No.: 63771789
  • Fax No.: 62718189
  • Type of Entity: Society
  • UEN No.: S92SS0137H
  • Charity Status: Registered
  • Date of charity registration: 22 Dec 1992
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: 29 Sep 2020 – 28 Sep 2023
  • Sector Administrator: Ministry of Health
  • Cause: Children with Chronic Illness

Club Rainbow supports children with major chronic illnesses (even life-threatening ones) and their families by providing relevant services to give them a better quality of life and hope for a better future.

They conduct numerous events and programmes for their beneficiaries – to provide for psychosocial, financial, educational, informational, and social support.

How to Donate to Club Rainbow

Made Your Donations ViaDonation TypeInstructions
Credit or Debit Card

(VISA or MasterCard only)
For one-time donationOnline
For recurring monthly donationsThrough hardcopy donation form
GIROFor recurring monthly donations
ChequeFor one-time donationKindly issue a crossed cheque payable to "Club Rainbow (Singapore)", and mail it to

Blk 538 Upper Cross Street #05-263 Singapore 050538

Please include your name, address, identification and telephone numbers on the reverse side of the cheque in order for us to issue a tax-exempt receipt to you. Alternatively, you can fill in a donation form and mail it to us with your cheque.

All donations have to reach Club Rainbow one week before the end of the year in order to be eligible for current year tax relief.
Internet Banking For DBS and Standard Chartered onlyStep 1: Access your personal ibanking account
Step 2: Select "Payment Services"
Step 3: Select "Pay (Bills and Cards)"
Step 4: Select "Pay Bills"
Step 5: Click "Billing Organisation not in my pre-arranged list"
Step 6: From the payee droplist, select "Club Rainbow (Singapore)"
CashFor one-time donationPlease drop by our office if you would like to make a cash donation.
Our office is located at:
Blk 538 Upper Cross Street #05-263 Singapore 050538
Open from Mon - Fri, (9am to 5pm)
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsGiving,sg profile

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

  • Address: 1000 Toa Payoh North News Centre Singapore 318994
  • Website: http://www.spmf.org.sg
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Telephone No.: 63192121
  • Fax No.: 63198270
  • Contact Person: Jennifer Yeo
  • Type of Entity: Others
  • UEN No.: T11CC0007D
  • Charity Status: Registered
    Date of charity registration: 14 Nov 2011
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: 01 Feb 2020 – 31 Jan 2023
  • Sector Administrator: Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • Cause: Children/Students from low-income families

As the name goes, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund provides pocket money to students through their school and since its inception in 2000, The Fund helped over 160,000 cases of students in providing them school pocket money.

Students are able to use this pocket money for school-related expenses like buying food during recess, paying for transport or school supplies.

How to Donate to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

Made Your Donations ViaDonation TypeInstructions
PayNowFor one-time donationDonation via PayNow, our UEN is T11CC0007D

PayNow QR:



In the reference number field, please indicate your name, NRIC/FIN and contact number for tax exemption.
Credit or Debit Card

(VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners Club)
For one-time donationOnline
For recurring monthly donationsOnline
GIROFor one-time and recurring donationsThrough hardcopy donation form
Internet Banking DBS/POSB account holders onlyOnline
FASTFor one-time donationOnline
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsThrough The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund Giving.sg profile

Nam Hong Welfare Service Society

  • Address: 111 YISHUN RING ROAD #01-375 Singapore 760111
  • Website: http://www.namhongwelfare.org.sg/
  • Email Address: [email protected]
  • Telephone No.: 62579192
  • Fax No.: 67560637
  • Contact Person: Lok Aik Hwa
  • Type of Entity: Society
  • UEN No.: T07SS0086D
  • Charity Status: Registered
  • Date of charity registration: 05 Feb 2009
  • IPC Status: Live
  • IPC Period: 08 Jan 2020 – 07 Jan 2022
  • Sector Administrator: Ministry of Health
  • Cause: Elderly and the Disadvantaged

Despite being a small organisation, Nam Hong Welfare Service Society provides a large array of services like free Traditional Chinese Medical Treatment, Caring-Heart Service for the Elderly, Free funeral services for the destitute, distribution of ration/bursary for disadvantaged students, health forums & voluntary consultation etc.

Made Your Donations Via
PayNowFor one-time donationWe accept online donations via Paynow. Scan the QR code below to support our cause



In the reference number field, please indicate your name, NRIC/FIN and contact number for tax exemption.
ChequeFor one-time donationCheque donations can be made payable to ‘Nam Hong Welfare Service Society’ and sent to:

Blk 111 Yishun Ring Road
#01-375 S760111

Please state your name, NRIC and address at the back to facilitate tax exemption processing.
Giving.sgFor one-time or recurring monthly donationsGiving,sg profile

Organisations & Platforms That Help You Donate To A Cause You Believe In:

  • Giving.sg
  • GIVE.asia
  • SimplyGiving
  • Shop & Donate by FairPrice

Giving.sg

Giving.sg shouldn’t come as a surprise to you anymore since it’s one of the donation methods mentioned above.

Launched by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) in 2015, Giving.sg is backed by the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth.

If you are familiar with how other crowdfunding sites works like GoFundMe, looking at Giving.sg would be a no-brainer as you can browse through the different campaigns and causes to donate to.

Pro-tip: Not every organisation raising funds at Giving.sg is an IPC.

Do remember to use their filters and check ‘Tax Deductible’ for campaigns that have tax deductions. Alternatively, you may do a search if an organisation is an IPC here.

 

As individual donors, you will not have to pay for any fees to donate, but Giving.sg charges the charities a total payment and service fee of 3%.

GIVE.asia

Apart from donations to registered charities, GIVE.asia provides the platform for individuals to contribute to personal fundraisers for those in need.

Pro-tip: Similarly, you can also use their filters to search for “Tax-deductible charities” or search the organisation on the Charity Portal.

While the charities do not have to pay any platform or service fees, GIVE.asia charged a standard processing fee of 1.5% payable the registered charities.

Donors can also choose to give a tip on top of their donation to maintain the GIVE.asia platform.

SimplyGiving

SimplyGiving is another platform for donations and crowdfunding and you can choose to contribute to registered charities or campaigns all around the world.

While their website doesn’t help you filter out tax-deductible charities, you can still check the status on the Charity Portal.

Recently, SimplyGiving has waived the service fee for Singapore registered charities which means your donations will only be subject to the standard credit card charges, payable by the respective charities.

Donors can opt-in for tips to help pay for the service fees and contribute towards the SimplyGiving platform.

Shop & Donate by FairPrice

Shop & Donate encourages the community to help the less fortunate with grocery donations to over 70 charities. All you have to do is view the wishlist of your chosen beneficiaries and purchase some or even ALL of the items listed.

Shop & Donate has 8 different causes you can donate to:

  • Animal welfare
  • Children & Youth
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • Family & Community
  • Health
  • Women & Girls

Note: Donating to beneficiaries with Shop & Donate are not eligible for tax deductions. 

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