The President’s Challenge is an annual series of community–based activities
initiated by President S R Nathan in 2000. The aims of President’s Challenge are
two–fold; firstly, to increase awareness of how the community can get involved in
helping the less fortunate and secondly, to raise funds for the social service sector.
It is hoped that by doing so, a more cohesive society will be created. The Challenge
also aims to convey that the more able in society have a special responsibility to
help the rest of society and that all Singaporeans can make a difference in our
community. The Challenge thus highlights the role of the public, people and private
sectors in meeting these aims through their participation in the events organised.
2 Prior to the President’s Challenge, there were several charity events carrying
the President's name organised at different points during the year. President Nathan
decided to consolidate all these events under a single President's Challenge
platform and make this the premier annual project for the social services sector to
rally the public towards helping those in need.
3 President’s Challenge raised just over $12 million for 40 beneficiaries and the
Community Chest in 2008, and over $70 million for more than 400 beneficiaries
4 Every year, various agencies will come forward to be involved in organising a
variety of events under President’s Challenge. These agencies include schools,
institutions of higher learning, private corporations and public service organisations.
5 The President’s Challenge Steering Committee, chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS),
oversees the administration of President’s Challenge. The Steering Committee comprises representatives from major partners that are involved in organising the
events for President’s Challenge as well as representatives from the National
Council of Social Service and the President’s Office.
6 Each year, the President selects a list of charitable organisations that are in
need of funds or have problems raising funds on their own as beneficiaries of
7 Organisations who wish to be considered for nomination as a President’s
Challenge beneficiary may fill out the nomination form which can be found at the
President’s Challenge website at www.pc.org.sg. The minimum criterion for eligibility is that organisations must have Institute of Public Character (or IPC) status.
President’s Challenge 2009
8 President’s Challenge 2009 will be held from April to October 2009. However,
PC events may be held outside this period though it is best to hold your event by
end October 2009 at the latest so that the proceeds may be submitted before the
end of the year.
9 This year, we are renewing our focus to reach out to the community to raise
awareness of the beneficiaries and their causes. We are therefore encouraging
community–based events, although we continue to welcome all efforts, big or small.
10 Parties interested in getting involved in the Challenge are welcome to contact:
President’s Challenge 2009 Secretariat
c/o Community Relations and Engagement Division
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
512 Thomson Road
Attention: Ms Karen Bartholomeusz
Tel: 6354 8794
B. Administrative Details
The PC 2009 Secretariat team residing at MCYS consists of Ms Karen
Bartholomeusz (email@example.com, tel: 6354 8794) and Mr Mohammad Faizal (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 6354 8348). Our
fax number is 6256 7250.
Before Your Event
If you wish to invite the President to be the Guest–of–Honour at your event, President’s Challenge Secretariat may assist you with your invitation by checking on
President’s availability. Once this is confirmed, you may write in directly to Mrs Doris Tan, Asst Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to The President, The Istana, Orchard
Road, Singapore 238823. You may also reach her at email@example.com
and indicate that you have informed PC Secretariat (Ms Karen Bartholomeusz) of
your intention to hold an event for President’s Challenge.
2 Event Write–Up.
Please fill in the template in Annex A and return it to Faizal so we can update it on
our calendar of events and website.
3 Guidelines on Fundraising
3.1 Funding of fund-raising costs for PC events
? Funding for an event/project is subject to a limit of the total expenditure for
the event/project or 5% of the proceeds from the event, whichever is lower.
? For funding exceeding such limit, the fund-raisers have to seek prior
approval from President’s Office c/o PC Secretariat at least one month
before the event. Approval will be on a case-by-case basis.
? Fund-raisers should not net off expenses from the funds raised, as PC
had all along operated on the publicly-declared basis of every dollar raised
going to the beneficiaries. Where special situations make it impractical
for the gross proceeds to be given to PC (for eg, where a fund-raiser
allocates only part of amount raised to PC), fund-raisers should obtain the
PC Secretariat’s prior agreement before proceeding to organise events
and raise funds under the PC banner. Fund-raisers are not allowed to
claim any funding for expenses if they have deducted expenses from their
collections, i.e. they remit only collections (net of expenses) to PC.
? When claiming funding for expenses, fund-raisers should submit the final
consolidated Income and Expenditure statement of their event to the
Secretariat and, where practicable, supporting documents to substantiate
the figures. See Annex B for the format for submission of Income and
3.2 Donations Collected
Organisers are strongly encouraged to donate all proceeds of your
fundraising event towards PC. Costs incurred during fundraising may be
covered either by sponsors, the organiser or reimbursement from MCYS
(refer to 3.1).
3.3 Beneficiaries Designated by Fund-raisers
Fund-raisers may designate not more than one-third of the funds raised by
their proposed PC event to non-PC beneficiaries. Fund-raisers are to seek
prior approval from PC Secretariat before the event.
Also, where an organiser wishes to donate funds to a specific PC beneficiary,
the total amount donated to that beneficiary should not exceed the final
amount that the President’s Office will allocate to the said beneficiary (which
takes into account its budgetary deficit). Funds raised over and above the
allocated amount may be directed to other PC beneficiaries.
4 Public Fundraising
If you wish to solicit donations from the public, you need to obtain a public
fundraising permit from the Singapore Police Force (SPF). This can only be applied 1 Public fundraising for online at http://www.spf.gov.sg/licence/frameset_HH.html.
mainly refers to street and house–to–house collections such as flag days and solicitation of donations from strangers. PC Secretariat will assist in providing a letter
of confirmation or memorandum of agreement (MOA) for you to expedite your permit application. Take note that the normal processing time for SPF to process this
permit is 10 working days. Detailed guidelines are below:
4.1 Requirements for License
4.1.1 A House-to-House & Street Collections (fund raising) license is
? The proceeds for the fund raising appeal are for charitable causes;
? Public participation is required in the fund-raising.
4.1.2 Applicant must fulfil the following criteria before applying for the
? He must be a fit and proper person, e.g. free from criminal records;
? If he is a foreigner, he must hold a valid work permit or employment
? He must represent a registered business, company, society or
organization that is promoting the collection.
? He also needs to obtain his SingPass (Singapore Personal Access)
from the nearest CPF office or apply online at
http://www.cpf.gov.sg_trans/ssl/singpass_req.asp in order to apply
4.2 The application should be submitted not later than 14 days (or 10 working
days) before the proposed date of commencement of the collection.
1 FAQs and contact information for SPF are available at the top right hand corner of the website.
4.3 A memorandum of agreement from the intended beneficiary (in this case,
President’s Challenge) acknowledging the fund raising activity to be held in its name
must be submitted within 5 working days from the date of submission of the
application. The letter must be faxed or posted together with the acknowledgement
slip generated by PLUS (Police Licensing CompUterised System) to the following
Police Licensing Division
391 New Bridge Road #02-701
Police Cantonment Complex
Fax No: 65386647
4.4 For any enquiries, please contact the Licensing Division, Tel: 6835 0000
Fax: 6226 1089 or email: SPF_OPS_Licensing@spf.gov.sg.
4.4.1 For events that are to be held at shopping centres, housing estates
and along the road (if booth is to be set up), letters of support are
required, where applicable, from the management/owner of buildings,
Town Councils and the Land Transport Authority respectively.
4.4.2 A person below 16 years of age is not allowed to act as a collector.
4.4.3 A license holder has to submit a statement of accounts to the
Licensing Division one-month after the completion of the collection.
All accounts furnished must be certified by external auditors who are
members of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore.
4.4.4 In planning for a cost-effective event, as a rule of thumb, the cost
relating to the organizing of any event should not exceed 30% of the
proceeds of the collection.
5 Tax Deduction. To allow your donors to receive double tax deduction for their donation, you would
need to obtain their personal information such as their full name, NRIC, address and
contact details. To expedite the issuing of these tax deductible receipts to your
donors, we need your kind assistance to fill in their personal information in the
spreadsheet found in Annex C.
5.1 Individual donors do not need to claim deduction for donations in their income
tax form if they have given their NRIC No. or FIN No. at the point of donation. The
donation details will be provided to IRAS by the approved IPC and the donation
deductions will be included automatically in the individual's tax assessment.
5.2 Tax deduction is given for donations made in the preceding year. For
example, if an individual makes a donation in 2009, tax deduction will be allowed in
his tax assessment for the Year of Assessment 2010.
5.3 All companies or individuals have to make donation claims in their income tax
5.4 Take note that IRAS has stringent criteria on donations that are eligible for tax
exemption. Only donations that provide no material benefit to the donor are eligible. For more information on tax exemption eligibility, please refer to the circular from the
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) at
Please contact us or IRAS at 6351 3347 if you have any queries.
6 Public Communications
You may adapt the information in the introduction (Section A) for your own use in press releases, letters to sponsors etc. Please run all publicity materials by the
Secretariat at least 2 weeks before you intend to use them.
7 Use of PC Logo.
You can attach the PC logo to your publicity collaterals relating to your PC event
only. Please write in to Faizal for the logo, pantone codes and printing colour codes
After Your Event
8 Submission of Funds Raised.
Please submit the proceeds from your event to NCSS within a month of the
completion of the event. All cheques should be made payable to “President’s Challenge 2009”, and sent to the address below.
President’s Challenge 2009
c/o National Council of Social Service
170 Ghim Moh Road
Attention: Ms Mae Kng
8.1 Please write the name of your event on the back of each cheque to ensure that the correct amount is attributed to your organisation,
8.2 When handing over the proceeds to NCSS, fund-raisers should also enclose
a cover letter (Annex D) stating the event name, contact details of the person to
contact for inquiries, and the total amount of the proceeds sent in. The letter should
also state the method/s used to raise the funds, e.g. outright donations,
merchandise sales, pledges, event registration fees, etc. This will facilitate
processing of donations for tax exemption eligibility.
8.3 For any inquiries on tax deduction, please contact IRAS at 6351 3347. The
contact person at NCSS is Mr Lee Ann Kee who can be contacted at 6210 2606 or
9 Reimbursement of Expenses.
9.1 MCYS can process your reimbursement request once all the proceeds have
been given to NCSS. Please provide an invoice stating the total amount raised and
submitted to NCSS. Please also submit the final consolidated Income and
Expenditure statement of your event to the Secretariat and attach copies of
supporting documents of expenses being claimed Refer to paragraph 3.1.
9.2 Please provide an explanation if the expenses differ significantly (>10%) from
the estimate provided earlier. Note that MCYS can only transfer funds via Inter–Bank
Giro (IBG), thus do allow 30 days for the transfer to be executed. We will notify you
once we initiate the transfer.
10 Contact Details
Do keep us informed of any changes in your contact information so we can invite
you to our annual Thank You Reception.
C. Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Can I direct the funds that I have raised to specific beneficiaries on the
President’s Challenge Beneficiary List?
A1. Yes. Do inform us beforehand, as we may be able to advise you on the
amounts you wish to designate based on the needs of the beneficiaries.
However, as the President’s Office will usually decide on the sum to be
allocated to the beneficiaries based on the amount they need, there may be
instances whereby the funds raised by your organisation for a specific
beneficiary exceeds the amount allocated for it. For such cases, we seek your
understanding that any amount over and above that allocated be redirected to
other PC beneficiaries.
Q2. Can I channel some of my proceeds to other charitable causes besides
A2. You may direct not more than a third of the funds raised to non-PC
beneficiaries. Please seek prior approval from PC Secretariat before the
event. However reimbursement limit for expenses will only take into account
the portion of funds going towards PC, as it is difficult to justify the
reimbursement of a large portion of your expenses in this case.
Q3. Does my organisation qualify for tax deduction or can we get a tax
deductible receipt for the funds donated?
A3. If the money had come from your organisation, then you may receive a tax
deductible receipt. If it had come from fundraising from individual donors, then
these donors are the ones that qualify for tax deduction. Your organisation will
still receive a receipt (normal) to acknowledge the funds transfer.
Q4. I am not sure who to turn to for help with my queries – is it NCSS or
A4. NCSS handles all matters relating to donations and the submission of
proceeds. MCYS handles all other matters relating to PC. You may also liaise
with the President’s Office directly if you are inviting President to your event.
PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE 2009
Attn: Ms Karen Bartholomeusz (MCYS)
Fax: 6256 7250
Add: 512 Thomson Road, MCYS Building, #08-00, Singapore 298136
Thank you for your interest in President’s Challenge! Please provide me with the
following information of your event:
Name of Event
< State locations, tentative dates and times, whether you Event
have secured the approval of the relevant authorities to
hold your event at that location, how many people are
involved, estimated costs of holding the event, how you
intend to cover the administrative costs of running the
event, whether you are working with any corporate
sponsors, and provide a brief description of the event >
to be Raised
DID / Mobile
17 June 2010
Ms Mae Kng
National Council of Social Service
170 Ghim Moh Road
SUBMISSION OF FUNDS RAISED FOR PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE 2008
I am pleased to enclose [a cheque / cheques] for $X raised by the event
[event name] organised by [event organizer] for President’s Challenge 2009.
2 The method of fundraising was [short description]. The list of individual
donors [if collected] is attached in the Appendix.
3 Please acknowledge by sending an official receipt to the following address:
4 Do feel free to call me at DID: 6XXX XXXX if you have any queries.
cc (by fax) Karen Bartholomeusz (Fax No: 6256 7250)
President’s Challenge Secretariat 2009
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports