2021年12月20日，新加坡海峡时报(The Straits Times) B2版的一篇文章以“更多慈善基金会在新加坡设立”为标题，总结了过去这一年里新出现的慈善基金会，同时采访了莫氏基金会(Moh Foundation)和励基金(Li Foundation)的创始人。
根据慈善总监办公室 (Commissioner of Charities/COC)的官员Mr Desmond Chi透露，2021年全年本地有12个团体成功注册为资助型慈善机构。这个数字对比2020年的8个和2019年的3个有了不小的增长。在新加坡各个政府机构的努力促进下，越来越多财力雄厚的企业家们对慈善事业有了更为浓厚的兴趣。
新加坡公司 Golden Energy and Resources 的执行董事 Fuganto Widjaja 先生是 Fu Foundation的董事之一，他也是印度尼西亚亿万富翁 Eka Tjipta Widjaja 的孙子。这位已故的亿万富翁创立了印度尼西亚最大的企业集团之一 -金光集团。
Quantedge Advancement Initiative
2021年2月，Quantedge Advancement Initiative 注册为资助型慈善机构，成立后它参与了气候变化、健康和弱势社群发展等公益项目。其中一个项目是通过疫苗联盟 Gavi 向收入较低的亚洲国家捐赠疫苗。
Quantedge Advancement Initiative 隶属于 Quantedge 基金会，该基金会由投资管理公司 Quantedge Capital 的高管设立。该基金会的董事 Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin 先生表示，基金会关心的重点是改善本地的社会流动性问题。
Hinrich Foundation 是一个促进全球贸易的慈善基金会。基金会创始人Merle Hinrich 先生出生于美国，创立了环球资源企业 (Global Sources)。
亚洲慈善协会 (Asia Philantrhopy Circle/APC) 的主席连宗诚先生（Laurence Lien）表示2021年有更多外国人在新加坡设立慈善基金会。
为了促进慈善事业，慈善总监办公室给与资助型基金会更为宽松的环境，某些监管制度要求被放宽或者免除。新加坡金融管理局 (Monetary Authority of Singapore /MAS) 的一位发言人表示，在疫情期间由于人们对弱势群体的需求有了更多的了解，总部设在新加坡的单一家族办公室对慈善事业的兴趣越来越大。
与此同时，新加坡经济发展局(Economic Development Board/EDB)的国际组织项目办公室正与政府其他机构和慈善伙伴合作，以强化新加坡作为“首善之都”的能力与地位。
已故家具大亨Laurence Moh的儿子Michael和儿媳Peggy于2021年9月在新加坡创立了莫氏基金会（Moh Foundation）。“我的岳父非常热衷于回馈社区，”基金会首席执行Peggy说。
Laurence 先生是环美家居（Universal Furniture） 的创始人，曾是世界上最大的木制家具生产商之一。莫先生出生于中国，2002年与妻子在美国成立了莫氏基金（Moh Foundation）。莫氏基金会主要支持中国和美国的教育、社会服务、健康等领域。他曾经向新加坡管理学院捐赠200万美元。
More Philanthropic Foundations being Set up in Singapore
Trend reflects a greater interest among the rich in giving, govt efforts to develop sector
More philanthropic foundations, often set up by wealthy families, have been registered as charities here amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Office of the Commissioner of Charities told The Straits Times it has granted charity status to 12 groups that engage in grant-making since the start of the year. This is up from eight last year and three in 2019, the commissioner, Mr Desmond Chin, added. The trend reflects a greater interest in philanthropy among those with deep pockets as well as efforts by various government agencies to promote and develop the philanthropic sector, said those interviewed.
Among the new foundations registered as charities, this year are the Fu Foundation, the Hinrich Foundation and the Quantedge Advancement Initiative.
Mr Fuganto Widjaja, executive director of Golden Energy and Resources – a Singapore-based company – is one of the directors of the Fu Foundation. He is the grandson of Indonesian billionaire Eka Tjipta Widjaja. The late billionaire founded the Sinar Mas Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia.
The Hinrich Foundation, a philanthropic organisation advancing global trade, was founded by Mr Merle Hinrich. Mr Hinrich, who is born in the United States, founded Global Sources, a trade facilitation firm.
The Quantedge Advancement Initiative, which was registered as a charity in February, is involved in climate change action and health and development efforts in vulnerable communities, particularly in South-East Asia. One of the first grants it made was to donate vaccines to lower-in-come Asian countries through Gavi, the vaccine alliance.
The Quantedge Advancement Initiative is affiliated to the Quantedge Foundation, which was set up by senior staff of investment management firm Quantedge Capital. The foundation’s director, Mr Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin, said its core focus is to improve social mobility here.
Mr Laurence Lien, chairman of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), noted that more foreigners have set up foundations in Singapore this year. He said: ‘This is not surprising as Singapore has grown as a wealth management hub, with a large growth in the number of family offices here. “
As some of the principals (of the family offices) emigrate and base themselves, partially or fully, out of Singapore, a few would naturally desire to establish their philanthropic vehicles here too.”
The APC is a platform for Asian philanthropists to collaborate and address social problems. Mr Lien is also the chairman of the Lien Foundation, which was founded by his grandfather, the late Overseas Union Bank founder Lien Ying Chow.
To promote philanthropy. the Commissioner of Charities said his office subjects grantmakers to a lighter-touch regime, where certain regulatory requirements are relaxed or waived under the Grantmaker Scheme.
A spokesman for the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said there has been growing interest in philanthropy from single family offices based in Singapore during the Covid- 19 pandemic, given the greater awareness of the needs of the less privileged.
A single family office is an entity that manages the assets of one wealthy family. To identify ways to boost interest and growth in the philanthropic ecosystem here, the MAS started the Philanthropy Workgroup in March.
Meanwhile, the International Organisations Programme Office at the Economic Development Board is working with other government agencies and philanthropic partners to strengthen philanthropic capabilities here.
This is done, for example, by building the talent pool of Singapore-based professionals to manage philanthropic activities, and facilitating philanthropic partnerships from Singapore that grow domestic and regional giving.
Mr Lien welcomed the setting up of new foundations, but he noted that many current ones do not have professional staff to develop impactful grant-making programmes, among other aims. He said: “The green shoots, though, are that the younger successful business people and the younger generation in wealthy families are increasingly socially conscious. They desire to give more, do it better, but also act differently.”
Moh Family Sets up New Foundation to Continue Legacy of Late Tycoon, Wife
The Moh Family Foundation continues the legacy of the late furniture tycoon Laurence Moh. Registered as a charity here in September, it was set up by his son Michael and daughter-in-law Peggy.
“My father-in-law was a big believer in giving back to the community,” said Mrs Peggy Moh, who is chief executive of the foundation.
Mr Laurence Moh was the founder of Universal Furniture. When he sold the company in 1989, it was described as one of the world’s largest producers of wood furniture, with annual sales of about US$530 million. The late tycoon was born in China, but he later became a Singaporean and made Singapore his home, Mrs Moh told The Straits Times. Mr Laurence Moh and his wife Celiaset up the Moh Foundation in 2002 in the United States, as his business was predominantly there.
The Moh Foundation supported education, social services, health and other causes, largely in the US and China. For their 40th wedding anniversary in 1999, Mrs Celia Moh did not want diamonds or pearls but asked her husband to “do something good for society” instead.
Mr Moh donated $2 million to Singapore Management University to endow the Celia Moh Professorial Chair, which recognizes the outstanding work of a female faculty member at the university, Mr Laurence Moh and his wife Celia have since died.
Last year, Mr Michael Moh – the younger of two sons and chairman of Shanghai Weijia Furniture and his family moved from China to Singapore to come home for good”. He and his wife have five children, aged between 1 and 23.
The couple decided to start a new foundation in Singapore to continue the philanthropic work of Mr Moh’s late parents, and thus the MohFamily Foundation was set up. The foundation seeks to understand the needs onthe ground and is keen to help build capacity in the social service sector, among other things. It also collaborates with charities to support programmes that help children with different needs.
Mrs Peggy Moh, who trained as a certified public accountant, declined to say how much her family has donated to start the Moh Family Foundation but said it has three staff, including herself.
“We are not the type of foundation where we set aside a certain amount of money to give each year and that’s it. We are more cause-driven,” she said. The causes include helping children with low vision and those from poor families to maximise their potential Given that she is a mother herself, she said helping children is something close to her heart.
“It’s not about giving money away to make me feel good. But it’s whether the money makes an impact or makes someone’s life better.”Mrs Moh is also a member of the Asia Philanthropy Circle, a platform for Asian philanthropists to collaborate and address social problems. She said she appreciates the learning and comradeship.
“For all of us, there’s always something that someone did for you that made a big difference,” she said. “So that is what we want to do – to give vulnerable people the support they need.”
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